Southampton, June 18: The first session of the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand has been washed out due to continuous drizzle at the Ageas Bowl.
The ICC has added a reserve day on June 23 but in case of a no-result, the Test Championship will be shared.
The weather in England is always a major influencer in a game of cricket. Southampton, the venue of the match, has created a typical situation that will have both sides in a quandary. The weather has been exceptionally hot the past few days. However, the weather for the match has been forecast as rainy and cloudy conditions on most of the days. The covers on the wicket does tend to make the wicket drier but a bout of heavy rain could make all the difference.
While some called rain a spoilsport, some fans suggested were all for an international version of Plastic bat and ball cricket!
Take a look at some of the funniest tweets here:
"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.
India, led by Virat Kohli, finished on top of the points table, with 12 wins from six series and 520 points. New Zealand finished second with 420 points and seven Test wins in five series.
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