WTC Final: Rain Forces Day 4 to be Abandoned Without Any Play

India vs NZ: Catch the latest updates from Day 4 of the World Test Championship final. 

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The weather forecast is looking ominous at Southampton ahead of Day 4. 

Incessant rain has forced Day 4 of the India vs New Zealand World Test Championship final to be abandoned without a single ball being bowled.

New Zealand’s first innings score stands at 101/2 and they trail India by 116 runs after Virat Kohli’s team were bowled out for 217 on Day 3.

Despite this being the fourth day of play, there are two more days left in this match with the ICC making a provision for a ‘Reserve Day’.

Already rain has caused two days of this match to be abandoned with even the toss not taking place on the first day. Day 2 saw players go off the field early due to bad light and while the start of Day 3 was delayed due to overnight rain, bad light once again forced an early end on Sunday.

360 overs should have been played so far in this Test match but the as many as 218.5 of those overs have been lost to the weather.

The rains were kind enough on Sunday though and allowed a decent amount of cricket with New Zealand getting enough time to bowl India out and then also score over 100 runs before the umpires decided there wasn't adequate light to continue play.

India were bundled out for 217 with Kyle Jamieson the wrecker-in-chief as he pocketed his fifth five-wicket haul in merely 15 innings. After picking the wicket of Rohit Sharma on Day 2, he added the scalps of Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah.

India had Ajinkya Rahane top-score for them with 49 before he fell to Neil Wagner.

India bowled with discipline but just didn’t have the rewards to show for it until Ravi Ashwin had Tom Latham chipping a dolly to cover and Ishant Sharma provided a lucky break in the form of Devon Conway’s wicket.

The Kiwis concluded on 101/2 as poor light forced early Stumps, with veterans Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor occupying the crease.

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