WTC Final Ind vs NZ: Play called off due to incessant rain on Day 1; 3 pm IST start on Saturday

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Friday, June 18, 2021, 07:28 PM IST
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No play on Day 1 of the World Test Championship match between India and New Zealand | BCCII

Southampton, June18: With rain playing spoilsport, the Day 1 of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand was washed off.

An inspection was to take place at 3 pm local time (7:30 pm IST) -- but taking to Twitter, BCCI wrote: "UPDATE - Unfortunately, play on Day 1 has been called off due to rains. 10.30 AM local time (3.00 pm IST) start tomorrow. #WTC21." While the covers are still on in Southampton, there has been no rain for the last 45 minutes.

R. Ashwin's wife Prithi Narayanan took to Twitter to share the video of the ground along with her kids and wrote, "Rain has stopped. Fans are happy. I can hear the dol and happy singing. And @ashwinravi99 is going to do what he needs to do -- have lunch."

Earlier, India's spin spearhead R. Ashwin also shared the view of Ageas Bowl when it was raining in the morning before the scheduled start of play. "The camera also has a raincoat," wrote Ashwin on Instagram while sharing a video of the ground.

Rain is forecasted on all five days of the game and that has seen the ICC add a reserve day on June 23. In case of a no-result, the Test Championship title will be shared.

"The Reserve Day has been scheduled to ensure five full days of play, and it will only be used if lost playing time cannot be recovered through the normal provisions of making up lost time each day. There will be no additional day's play if a positive result is not achieved after five full days of play and the match will be declared a draw in such a scenario," the ICC release on the playing conditions read.

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