The cricket fraternity was left heartbroken after Day 1 of the World Test Championship (WTC) final was washed out due to rain. However, there is some great news coming your way as the weather looks promising for Day 2 and the sun is streaming down at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Dinesh Karthik, who is part of the commentary panel, shared images of the bright and beautiful morning in Southampton. “Waking up to the sun,” said Karthik in his tweet.
— DK (@DineshKarthik) June 19, 2021
The cricket fans earlier came down hard on International Cricket Council (ICC) for staging the final in England despite being aware of the unpredictable weather in the UK. However, it was only the first instance in seven Tests in Southampton that Day 1 of a Test match was called off without a ball being bowled. With the first day being abandoned, the reserve day has officially come into play which will be utilized to make up for the lost time. It must be noted that reserve will not be used as any other normal day and only the number of overs lost will be bowled on the day.
While it was reported that play on Day 2 will get underway at 2 PM IST (09:30 GMT), it is confirmed that there will be no changes in the start time and the play will start at the originally scheduled time of 3 PM IST (10:30 GMT).
The Indian team has announced their playing XI and have included both Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. However, given the conditions, many experts are of the opinion that the Indian team might make some changes to the playing XI and bring in an extra pacer.
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