India vs New Zealand, ICC World Test Championship final: Persistent rain washes out Day 4
India and New Zealand continue to battle in the ICC World Test Championship 2019-21 final at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. With the match being rain-threatened until Day 3, Day 4 was no different, as the conditions continue to remain unfavourable, with no play possible.
The battle for the ultimate Test title remains intense, as India and New Zealand continue to fight in the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship final at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. Meanwhile, Day 4's play was washed out entirely due to persistent rains.
Following overnight rain, it continued until the morning session, with no play possible in the opening session. While there was a glim hope in the following session, the rain continued to get intense, as the ground had soaked in enough water already to form puddles.
Consequently, after five hours of wait, the umpires decided to call it a day. Nonetheless, Day 5 is expected to be partly sunny, with play possible throughout the day.
New Zealand had asked India to bat first on Day 2 after Day 1 was entirely washed out. However, India could manage 217, thanks to Ajinkya Rahane's 49, while pacer Kyle Jamieson claimed a five-for. In reply, NZ has managed 101/2, courtesy of Devon Conway's 54, at stumps on Day 3.
As for the Indians, all the five bowlers have been utilised. While Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma have provided breakthroughs, the latter has been the most economical so far.
Brief scores: India 211/7 (Rahane- 49; Jamieson- 5/31) leads New Zealand 101/2 (Conway- 54; Ishant- 1/19) by 116 runs.
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