Rain washes out fourth day of World Test Championship final
Rain meant there was no play at all in Monday's fourth day of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand at Southampton -- the second time in the match a day's play had been washed out without a ball bowled.
Overnight and early morning rain meant the pitch and square at Hampshire's headquarters remained fully covered when the match should have resumed at 10:30 am local time (0930 GMT).
Match referee Chris Broad, however, has a special dispensation to extend this final into a sixth day -- men's Tests usually only last a maximum of five days -- if he feels that will compensate for time lost in the game.
An absorbing day of high-quality cricket on Sunday, cut short by bad light despite the use of the Hampshire Bowl's floodlights, ended with New Zealand 101-2 in reply to India's first innings 217 -- a deficit of 116 runs.
New Zealand's Kyle Jamieson took an impressive 5-31 in 22 overs -- the towering paceman's fifth five-wicket haul in just eight career Tests.
Blackcaps opener Devon Conway fell for 54 two balls before the close.
It was his third score of over fifty in just five Test innings following the 29-year-old South Africa-born left-hander's stunning 200 on his debut against England at Lord's this month.
India, as New Zealand had done after winning the toss, bowled well in helpful conditions with fast bowler Ishant Sharma having figures of 1-19 in 12 overs at Sunday's close and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin 1-20 in 12.
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.
World Test Championship final scoreboard
India 1st Innings 217 (K Jamieson 5-31)
New Zealand 1st Innings (overnight: 101-2)
T. Latham c Kohli b Ashwin 30
D. Conway c Shami b Ishant 54
K. Williamson not out 12
R. Taylor not out 0
Extras (lb3, nb2) 5
Total (2 wkts, 49 overs, 224 mins) 101
To bat: H Nicholls, BJ Watling, C de Grandhomme, K Jamieson, T Southee, N Wagner, T Boult
Fall of wickets: 1-70 (Latham), 2-101 (Conway)
Bowling: Ishant 12-4-19-1; Bumrah 11-3-34-0 (1nb); Shami 11-4-19-0; Ashwin 12-5-20-1; Jadeja 3-1-6-0 (1nb)
India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli (capt), Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wkt), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami
Match position: New Zealand are 116 runs behind with eight first-innings wickets standing