ICC WTC Final Weather Update, Ind vs NZ: After a washed-out day 1, it is a bright and sunny day in Southampton to kick off the inaugural World Test Championship Final between India and England. Dinesh Karthik, who is part of the commentary team for WTC, shared a picture of the Ageas Bowl with a timestamp of 6:22 am GMT. Although the weather is 12 degrees, the sun was shining bright.
— DK (@DineshKarthik) June 19, 2021
ICC WTC Final, Day 2 Weather Forecast: However, it is still worth noting that rain might play spoilsport on the second day too. There are predictions of rain on Day 2 with the temperature hovering around 18-20 degrees. But won’t rain throughout the day. As per the Accuweather forecast, the prediction of rain is just for an hour.
ICC WTC Final, Ind vs NZ: Call for Reserve Day
With incessant rain and no action on WTC Final Day 1, all eyes are now on the Reserve Day that had been kept aside by the ICC for the summit clash.
While fans could think that losing a day would mean the Reserve Day automatically coming into play — only 2.5 hours can be made up over the course of the five days of a Test match — sources in the know of developments said a call on the same will be taken by match officials on the fifth day of the game.
“The Reserve Day will come into play when the match officials say, likely on Day Five when they know it is needed,” the source told ANI.
The playing conditions released by the ICC confirms that a draw or a tie will see both teams crowned as joint winners as well as the allocation of a Reserve Day to make up for any lost time during the regular days of the final — scheduled to be played from June 18 to 22, with June 23 set aside as the Reserve Day. Both these decisions were made in June 2018, prior to the commencement of the WTC.