World Test final resumes after another weather delay

By: AFP      Published: 03:43 PM, 20 Jun, 2021
World Test final resumes after another weather delay
New Zealand's Kyle Jamieson (2nd R) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of India's Virat Kohli for 44 runs on the third day of the ICC World Test Championship Final between New Zealand and India at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, southwest England.–AFP

The disrupted World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand at Southampton got going again on Sunday after a wet outfield delayed the start of the third day by 30 minutes.

The match should have resumed at 10:30 am local time (0930 GMT) but the umpires ruled the outfield was too sodden.

But after a 10:20 am (0920 GMT) inspection, English officials Michael Gough and Richard Illingworth then ruled the match could restart at 11:00 am (1000 GMT), with lunch now put back half an hour to 1:00 pm (1200 GMT).

India resumed under gloomy skies that meant the floodlights were switched on, at 146-3 in their first innings after losing the toss.

India captain Virat Kohli was 44 not out and Ajinkya Rahane 29 not out after New Zealand's all-pace attack kept things tight in favourable, overcast conditions.

Friday's first day was washed out without any play at all and there were three interruptions due to bad light on Saturday, even though the Hampshire Bowl's floodlights were on full beam.

Only 64.4 overs out of 180 scheduled for the first two days have so far been bowled.

Match referee Chris Broad, however, does have a special dispensation to extend this match into an additional sixth day on Wednesday if he rules extra time is required to compensate for overs lost earlier in the game.

This match, the culmination of the inaugural World Test Championship that has spanned two years of series between the leading Test nations, is worth $1.6 million to the winners and $800,000 to the runners-up.