The much-anticipated ICC World Test Championship final got off to the worst possible start on Day 1 with rain. A big portion of the game washed out at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl, and cricket fans across the world are hoping for better weather in the following days. After all, India and New Zealand are competing in what is probably the greatest high-octane Test match in history.
Both of these teams have been outstanding in the inaugural WTC cycle and will be eager to win the prestigious title. During this time, Team India did not make a single mistake, winning one game after another. Except for New Zealand, who conquered every opponent in their campaign, they will be confident going into this match. However, the odds are heavily against them because they arrived in England on June 13 and were subjected to a 10-day quarantine.
Despite this, India announced their playing XI a day before the game, demonstrating clarity and confidence in their side. New Zealand, on the other hand, will not be the loser in this match, as it has been in recent ICC tournaments. In fact, many fans and experts have picked Kane Williamson’s side to win the WTC title.
This claim is supported by a number of factors. England’s weather is very similar to that of New Zealand. As a result, adjusting to their environment would not have been a major issue for them. In addition, they played two Tests against the hosts England just a few days before the summit clash. Even if New Zealand won the series 1-0, their confidence would be sky-high.
As previously stated, the Kiwis were the only team to defeat India during this WTC campaign. As a result, it will be interesting to watch if Kane Williamson’s men can upset India again, or if Virat Kohli’s men can rise to the challenge. All of the answers will be revealed in the following days, and neither side wants to be the loser.
As per accuweather.com, Fortunately, the weather would be slightly better on Day 2(June 19)
On Day 1, the play was delayed by continuous drizzle, with the pitch and ground wet and damp. Fortunately, the weather will be marginally better on Day 2, and there will be plenty of action. According to accuweather.com, the morning session will be partly bright with a cloud cover of 45 percent. However, the weather in the afternoon session may not be cricket-friendly.
Showers are expected, which may keep players off the field. The rain is anticipated to fall heavier throughout the day, and the maintenance man will be busy. Nonetheless, a significant proportion of the game is expected to take place. As a result, both sides must prepare themselves.