New Delhi. The final match of the ICC World Test Championship between India and New Zealand will be played in Southampton from June 18 to 22. Players, fans, experts, veterans are all very excited about this great match. Before these matches, the weather reports are predicting rain. Hence, fans are looking forward to a hassle-free World Test Championship final without any interruption of rain. The weather forecast shows thunderstorms, early morning showers, showers all day of the game, which will make it difficult to keep the ground dry.
According to the weather forecast by Accuweather.com, there is a possibility of more rain than the other two days on June 19, June 20 and June 22. But, even on June 18 and June 21, the weather will not be pleasant in the full day’s game. The game is expected to be disrupted due to rain on the reserve day as well. Thankfully, if the time lost due to rain in five days could not be covered by extra time on other days, the reserve day would be used. Reserve day will have a maximum time of 330 minutes or 83 overs with additional last hour if required.
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Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli can also agree to a draw after the end of 5 days of play, if the result is found on reserve day as well. In the event of a draw, the WTC Final trophy will be shared by both the teams. The bad weather in Southampton starts on 17th June, which means that both the teams are unlikely to have a practice session outside. So the cloudy conditions will have an impact on the team selection of both the teams. Whereas former cricketers like Sunil Gavaskar want both spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin to play. The team management can go with feeding extra seamers depending on the circumstances. The decision to play an additional seamer may also have been the result of pitch curator Simon Lee creating a track that had momentum and bounce.
Such is the pitch of Southampton
The pitch for the first World Test Championship final has been prepared. The pitch of England is considered favorable for fast bowlers. The pitch of the final match is also like this. Southampton groundsmen’s head and pitch curator Simone Lee told Cricinfo that the pitch will have good bounce and pace. “I personally want the pitch to have good pace, bounce and carry. In England though it is difficult to do because the weather is mostly bad.
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Fast bowlers have got 120 wickets
So far 6 Tests have been played at the Rose Bowl ground. A total of 161 wickets have been taken by the bowlers. 120 wickets have been given to fast bowlers while 41 wickets have been given to spin bowlers. 5 times fast bowlers while twice spin bowlers have done the feat of taking 5 wickets. The results of three matches have come out and three matches have been drawn. In such a situation, once again we can get to see a draw match here.