After a gloomy Day 4, cricket fans in the world have something to cheer about as the rain gods are expected to stay away from Day 5 of the World Test Championship(WTC) final. Continuing the trend of providing weather updates, India’s weatherman, Dinesh Karthik said that ‘proper English weather’ awaits India and New Zealand at the Rose Bowl.
The WTC final has been severely affected by rain. Day 1 of the marquee clash was washed out due to rain while Day 2 and 3 could not complete their full quota of overs. Day 4 was again washed out due to rain. However, according to Karthik, there are little chances that the play would be affected by rain today.
“Good morning. Reporting live from Southampton. Yours sincerely, Weatherman DK,” Karthik tweeted.
Reporting live from Southampton
Weatherman DK pic.twitter.com/q14tdmcXV4
— DK (@DineshKarthik) June 22, 2021
Coming back to the match, New Zealand are in a commanding position at the moment. Led by Kyle Jamieson, the Kiwis bundled out India for a mere 217 before a gritty knock by Devon Conway put them in the driver’s seat. However, just before the close of Day 3’s play, Ishant Sharma got the prized scalp of Conway. The surface is still helpful for the bowlers and as we saw with India, a wicket can trigger a collapse. If India can get rid of the remaining wickets quickly, the match could take an interesting turn. At the moment, according to several experts, there are only two results possible with an Indian win highly unlikely.
Meanwhile, Indian legend Sunil Gavaskar feels that ICC should find a way to decide the winner in case the match ends in a draw. However, it’s unlikely that ICC will make any changes to their rules as they have already made it clear that the trophy will be shared by India and New Zealand if the WTC final ends in a draw.