With the World Test Championship (WTC) final getting frequently disrupted due to bad light and rains at Hampshire Bowl, the match ending without a result looms large. With the entire first day of the match being called off, it is guaranteed that the reserve day on Wednesday will be made use of. But what if the final ends in a draw or a tie?
The first two days of the match have been all about batsmen negotiating the playing conditions and surviving the seam movement under overcast to cloudy conditions. Runs have been hard to come by, and the bowlers have not been conceding runs easily, and that is reflected in the overall run rate of 2.25.
The match can go either team’s way if the next three days are carried out without more delays. But the gloomy and rainy weather conditions have let the match complete only 141.1 overs in two days. India scored 217 of 92.1 overs in the first innings, and New Zealand are on 101-2 after 49 overs.