WTC final, India vs New Zealand: Day 1 abandoned due to wet outfield

Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli with ICC World Test Championship mace ahead of India vs New Zealand final at Southampton. Photo: @ICC

The eagerly-awaited opening day of the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand was rained out at The Ageas Bowl on Friday, which is set to bring the reserve day into the equation.

According to ICC playing conditions guidelines for the WTC final, if required the reserve sixth day can now come into effect with six hours of play lost on Day 1 itself.

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Why IND vs NZ WTC final DAY 1 was abandoned?

There was forecast of rain and thundershowers and the heavens opened up last evening with relentless downpour continuing till afternoon.

With puddles forming throughout the outfield, even the best drainage system couldn't have possibly forced some action on the opening day.

Umpires Michael Gough and Richard Illingworth, after multiple inspections, called off the game at 7:30 pm IST (3 pm local time).

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Why ICC picked England as a venue for WTC final?

While there has been talk about Southampton being the preferred venue, it has been learnt that BCCI was taken into confidence by both the ICC and England and Wales Cricket Board before they finalised the venue which also has a five-star facility within the premises, helping create a tight bio-secure bubble.

The English weather is known to be fickle and in any case, there was no guarantee that the match being played at any other venue would have not led to a wash-out on the first day.

In the last five years, England has hosted 32 men's Test matches and only as many as four have ended in draws which is an indication that even if rain plays spoilsport, the final will go the distance.

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IND vs NZ WTC final live updates: Day 1 called off

The play on Day 1 is called off without toss being held. We are still having five days' of play left as there is a reserve day (June 23). Lets hope for the best.

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Top New Zealand players to watch out:

Kane Williamson: The 30-yr-old is not only the team's batting spine but also an incredibly smart strategist. His form durin WTC cycle (Average: 58) has been remarkable. Williamson has won 3 of his last 5 tosses.

Tom Latham: Steadfast memver of the Kiwi unit who consistently thwarts the oppostion from making early inroads.



India vs New Zealand head to head in Tests

IND vs NZ head to head in Tests
  • Overall matches: 56
  • India won: 21
  • New Zealand won: 12
  • Drawn: 26

IND vs NZ WTC final live updates: Umpire inspection

The umpires are having an informal inspection at the moment and there will be an official inspection at 7:30 pm IST.

NEWS ALERT: Rohit's plan to tackle Kiwi attack in WTC final

India batsman Rohit Sharma has said that his plan is to be simple and realistic in order to achieve success against New Zealand in the finals of the World Test Championship (WTC).
 
India is locking horns against New Zealand in the finals. The first session on Day One was washed out due to rain and it is likely that there could be no play as weather forecasts suggests more rain at the Ageas Bowl.
 
"Yeah, it is pretty simple, you are challenged for five days which does not happen anywhere. You are challenged every day and every day brings a different challenge. It is a longer game and you need to have patience and of course, you play in different conditions, so it is not the easiest when you play in different conditions. I think for five days, you have to be at your best and physically, you need to be fit to accept those challenges and overcome those challenges," Rohit told host broadcaster Star Sports.
 
"Just to be on the top of my game, thinking about how I can play those guys and how I can be successful against those guys. I have played them before so I know their strengths and weaknesses. It will all come down to the conditions and the situation the team is in, all that will count, it is important not to overthink that much. When you are playing against top sides, it is important to keep things simple and realistic," he added.
 
The first session of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand was washed out due to continuous drizzle at the Ageas Bowl on Friday.
Rohit Sharma. Photo: Sportzpics for BCCI

IND vs NZ WTC final live updates

There is no rainfall since half an hour at Southampton and super-sopper is trying to dry out the outfield. Though, it is still overcast and gloomy. 

IND vs NZ WTC final live updates: Southampton weather

The groundsmen are working hard to remove the waters from the covers. For a brief moment, there was a bit of sunshine but it is again looking gloomy, says Ian Bishop on air. The Indian and New Zealand players having a stroll along the boundary line. Stay tuned we might get some game today.

IND vs NZ WTC final: Southampton weather live updates

According to latest media reports, the rain has stopped at Southampton and covers are coming off.

IND vs NZ WTC final live updates: Latest Southampton weather forecast

The forecast for the remaining day has deteriorated at Southampton. According to UK met office, the chances of rainfall have increased to over 80 per cent from 20 per cent in the afternoon. We are heading for a Day 1 wash out if forecasts has to be believed.

(Photocredit: UK met office)
 
 

IND vs NZ WTC final: Southampton weather live updates

The live images from broadcasters does not look encouraging at all as it is pouring down and even defying the visibility. We are heading for a DAY wash out at Southampton.

WTC final: Rain plays spoilsport, Vaughan says weather is saving India

As rain continues to play spoilsport on Day One of the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl, former England captain Michael Vaughan on Friday said the Virat Kohli-led side is being saved by the weather.
 
"I see India have been saved by the weather," tweeted Vaughan.
 
Earlier, Vaughan had predicted that New Zealand would register a win against India in the finals of the WTC.
 
India skipper Virat Kohli has said the World Test Championship (WTC) final has a bit more value added to it, but for his side, every Test matters and they play to win.
 
"We are so delighted that we are in the final, we feel we have earned our place and belong where we are. We are happy some spectators are going to watch, which is justice for something of this magnitude, because a big final without spectators would have been anticlimactic. It's not the final frontier, it's just another feather to add to our hat that we have created as a Test team. It's a culmination of the toil over the last 4-5 years. We have identified these players, and condensed it down, and for me as a captain and for us as a team, it's not just good cricket over 6 months, but over the last 5 years," Kohli told host broadcaster Star Sports.
 
"This is just a game that has a bit more value added to it, but every Test has had the same value over the last few years which is why we're ranked highly. Test cricket tests your grit and your resolve. You have to wake up and have belief and determination to turn up and turn things around every day of the Test, how to come back from a tough situation and hang in there. It's a metaphor for life," he added.
 
The first session of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand was washed out due to continuous drizzle at the Ageas Bowl on Friday.
 
"Update: Unfortunately there will be no play in the first session on Day 1 of the ICC World Test Championship final. #WTC21," BCCI tweeted.
 

IND vs NZ WTC final: Southampton weather live updates

The rain has stopped for a brief time at Southampton but is again pouring heavily. This does not look good.

IND vs NZ WTC final: Latest Southampton weather forecast

According to UK met office, the weather is likely to improve in Southampton in the afternoon. Let's see English weather does a U-turn in  next few hours or not.

(Photocredit: UK met office)


IND vs NZ WTC final: Southampton weather live updates

A photo tweeted by Prithi Narayanan, Ashwin's wife, a few minute ago shows that the rain is getting heavier.


IND vs NZ WTC final live updates: Southampton weather

There is no respite from rain in Southampton. Nasser Hussain informs on Star Sports Network that the situation is not improving since morning and it is continues pour. The super-soppers plying on the field since morning are residing by the boundary line as it can be seen puddles of water all-over the ground. The drainage system is good in Southampton but for that rain MUST stop. Stay tuned for live weather reports from Southampton.

IND vs NZ WTC final live updates: Southampton weather

It is raining at Southampton as Dinesh Karthik send a weather update from Southampton for fans in India.


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IND vs NZ WTC final live updates: Southampton weather

The live images from broadcasters are not encouring, the rain is getting heavier at The Ageas Bowl, Southampton. 

IND vs NZ WTC final live updates: Southampton weather

No encouraging signs from The Ageas Bowl, Southampton.

IND vs NZ WTC final live updates: Southampton weather

There is no respite from rain at The Ageas Bowl, Southampton. Though the amount of rain causing clouds have been decreased. The scheduled start of second session is 5:40 pm IST. Let's hope for the best.


IND vs NZ WTC FINAL updates: Southampton weather live

The news from Southampton is not encouraging as the rain is started to get heavier again. There is a lot of water on the covers and outfield and the forecast is also not encouraging. According to Southampton weather forecast, there is chances of rainfall throughout the day. We may see the reserve day would come in play in WTC final.
 
(Photo credit; Screengrab from UK met office website)
 

IND vs NZ WTC final live updates: Rain continues to play spoilsport

It is raining heavily at the moment in Southampton while New Zealand players are enjoying their breakfast. 


IND vs NZ WTC final live updates: Toss delayed due to rain

The toss has been delayed in Southampton due to incessant rain. BCCI also tweeted that there will be no play in first session.

IND vs NZ WTC final live updates: Southampton weather

The Ageas Bowl's pitch and square are completely covered, but the remainder of the outfield isn't, which shouldn't be an issue because most English fields have excellent drainage.
The Ageas Bowl, Southampton. Photo: @ICC

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Session Timings in WTC final:

Toss: 2.30 pm IST
First ball: 3 pm IST
Lunch: 5 pm IST
Tea: 7.40 pm IST
Stumps: 10 pm IST 

IND vs NZ WTC final live updates: New Zealand SWAT analysis

New Zealand team SWAT analysis

Strengths: A superb and varied pace attack of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and Kyle Jamieson, who can wreak havoc in even slightly favourable conditions.

Weakness: The Kiwi spinners don't appear too threatning, especially when compared with the Indian duo of Ashwin and Jadeja.

Opportunity: New Zealand played two Test against England leading up to the WTC final. Kiwis know the conditions well and are match ready.

Threat: Williamson missed the second Test against England with an injury and may be a little low on confidence.


IND vs NZ WTC final live updates: Team India SWAT analysis

Indian team analysis

Strengths: Impact players like Kohli and Sharma. An attack that's arguably the best in the world, with formidable pacers and quality spinners alike,

Weakness: Lack of practice match. India has not played any long format cricket since March.

Opportunity: Kane WIlliamson is an undisputed great, but bthe rest of the Kiwi order could be vulnerable.

Threat: Rain can play spoilsport. An overcast conditions could help swing bowling, causing trouble for India's top order, Indian spinners may find it difficult to make a huge impact if there is rain around. 


WTC final: India vs New Zealand preview

India might be second on the list in the latest ICC rankings for Test teams, but it doesn't bear testimony to what the team has achieved under Virat Kohli in the last two years. And going into the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) against top-ranked New Zealand from Friday, Kohli's boys will definitely fancy their chances of winning the inaugural edition of the championship at the Ageas Bowl.

The momentum lies with the Kiwis as they beat England 1-0 in the just concluded Test series and the same catapulted them to the top of the rankings. But then, cricket isn't played on paper and all these things will take a backseat when Kohli and Kane Williamson head out for the toss on Friday.

This Indian team under Kohli has shown they believe in playing to win and has time and again snatched victories from the jaws of defeat. Not to forget the depth in the bench which was visible on the tour of Australia at the start of the year.

India was without the likes of skipper Virat Kohli, spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, and pacer Jasprit Bumrah when the team defeated Australia by three wickets against all odds in the final Test at The Gabba to take the series 2-1.

India will be riding on the recent performances in the longest format which also saw them clinching a series win against England after being one down in the Test series.

After cricket resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic in December 2020, India has won five out eight Tests with the recent win coming against England in which the hosts defeated the Joe Root-led side by an innings and 25 runs.

But then, the only blip in an otherwise perfect report card is the series loss to the Kiwis in New Zealand in 2020. While they lost the first Test by 10 wickets, they lost the second one by seven wickets.

On the other hand, New Zealand has won five out of the six Tests since December 2020 with the recent victory coming against England on Sunday.

New Zealand who weren't in contention to play the Test Championship final, first sniffed their chance when the ICC in November, last year, amended the WTC points system due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Zealand, who had half of the points India had, suddenly got a reprieve when the percentage points system was introduced. Since then New Zealand at home defeated West Indies and Pakistan to move to the top and qualified for the summit clash when Australia cancelled their tour to South Africa in February 2021.
 


IND vs NZ WTC final live weather updates

It has rained through the night and it is still raining at Southampton. 

The Ageas Bowl, Southampton.

IND vs NZ WTC final: Southampton weather live updates

There is light drizzle in the air at Southampton. We may some delay in toss is rain continues. Toss will take place at 2:30 pm IST.

(Photo credit: screengrab from accuweather)


India vs New Zealand WTC final live updates

Hello and welcom to the live coverage of IND vs NZ WTC final at The Ageas Bowl, Southampton.
The Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Photo: @Englandcricket


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