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WTC Final between India and New Zealand Day 4: Rain Wreaks Havoc, Match Abandoned

WTC Final Match between India VS New Zealand Day 4 suspended due to the rains

Tuesday, 22nd June 2021

The rains in Southampton proved to be a dampener for cricket fans as the open skies forced match officials to call off the action on Day 4 of the World test Championship (WTC) final.

Monday saw the Rose Bowl stadium barren without a single ball bowled as rain ensured that no play was possible during the first session of the fourth day, and forecast of more wet weather for the rest of the day precluded the possibility of any action altogether.

By the end of the third day of the match, both sides had managed to place themselves in an even position with India knocking two wickets and conceding 101 runs to the Kiwis and the latter trailing India by 116 runs. India was taken out for 217 runs.

To be fair to the Indians, they managed to get the better of two formidable entities behind the crease, Tom Latham and Devon Conway, lending them some momentum. However, the likes of figures like Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson continue to pose considerable threat on the crease.

Although the 70-run partnership between New Zealand openers Latham and Conway put Team India on the backfoot, in the last session, the team found their way back into the game after their bowlers Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma got the two crucial wickets.

Much will depend of Day 4 of the match, especially the first session as both teams will put in their best to get a better grip on the match during this time. While the New Zealanders will hope to make a quick go at the Indian score by taking a big first innings lead, Indian bowlers Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will try to make good of the rough patches on the pitch.

The BCCI called it a day with their Twitter update that read, "Update: Play on Day 4 abandoned due to rain. We thank our fans who turned up and kept the tempo high. See you again, tomorrow."

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