After the months-long wait for the World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand, rain delayed the match, and not even a single ball was bowled on Day 1. The first day was called off without even conducting the toss.
Initially, the first session was called off due to the rain, which was followed by the cancellation of the second session. The rain stopped after lunch, and an inspection took place. But the play was called off due to the wet outfields and pitch.
As the weather forecast predicts rain on all 5 days, the reserve day may be used to ensure five full days of play. From Day 2, 98 overs are scheduled to be bowled.
If no clear or positive outcome comes from the World Test Championship final, then both the teams will lift the ICC trophy together and will be crowned as joint winners.
The decision of using the reserve day will be made by the match officials on Day 5. Let’s just hope for clear skies and cricket action at the Hampshire Bowl for Day 2 of the World Test Championship final.
The one-off Test between Indian women and English women was also delayed by the rains. Day 3 at Bristol was called off after an inspection by the match officials, although the rain had stopped it was pretty dark to continue with the game, therefore, the play was abandoned for the day.
India was playing follow-on, with debutant Shafali Verma on the crease along with Deepti Sharma. The Indian team was all out for 231 in their first innings, 165 runs short of England’s 396 runs scored in the first innings.
India completed the day with 83-1, playing the follow-on, and are still 82 runs behind England’s first innings score (396-9d).
Hoping for some live cricket action from England soon with bright and sunny skies.
Rain plays spoilsport as the final session in Bristol is washed out 🙁
— ICC (@ICC) June 18, 2021