The entire first day of the World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand was washed away by rain on Friday. The ground conditions were such that two umpires, Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli, couldn’t even toss the umpires. But, after the first day, the audience is hoping that Indra Devata stays calm for the next five days, allowing them to watch a good match. According to the rules set for the WTC Final, six hours of play on the first day is wasted, so the game can now be played on the sixth day if necessary.
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With the complete destruction of Friday’s first day of play, the game will now begin at 3 pm (local time, 10.30 am) on Indian time. The Department of Meteorology has forecast rainfall in Southampton over the next few days. However, there will be relief today, this time on June 19th. However, intermittent rainfall can be seen. But during the last three days of the match, there will be heavy and continuous rain on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. This threatens the outcome of the match. If the result does not even come out on the day of the match, both teams will be jointly declared winners.
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The rain continued throughout the day on the first day of the match, with the umpires demanding that the game be stopped even after several times. Southampton’s selection as the final match-point is now being questioned in the event of a possible rainfall in the future. But the ICC and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are believed to have taken India’s Cricket Control Board (BCCI) into confidence before finalizing the venue. The stadium has a five star hotel system and it is easy to create a bio safe environment here. However, in England the weather does not take long to change and in such a situation, if there is a match at any other place, there is no guarantee that there will be no rain.