Day 3 of the WTC Final between India and New Zealand saw a decent amount of action happen – it was more than the overs bowled on Day 2. However, Day 4, Monday, June 21, would be much like Day 1, as rain and cloud cover is expected throughout.
A glum piece of news for the fans who are on the edge of their seats for the riveting contest between the two best Test sides in the world is that the weather forecast for Day 4 at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton is not bright.
The day temperature will be rather cold at 14 degrees Celsius with a Precipitation of 82%. The prediction says it will be ‘mostly cloudy with a couple of showers’. Apart from the rain, the cloud cover – which is likely to be more than 85% – will be a constant feature on Monday; bad light has already affected the last part of Day 2 and Day 3.
Kyle Jamieson, Devon Conway put New Zealand ahead of India
The day started with the wicket of Virat Kohli and ended with the wicket of Devon Conway; in between it would be fair to say that New Zealand are the ones who would be the happier side.
India failed to build on their overnight score of 146/3, losing 7 wickets fell for 71 runs as Kyle Jamieson continues his astronomical rise in international cricket with his 5th five-wicket haul in just his 8th Test match and now has an incredible average of 14.14.
Barring Jasprit Bumrah in his first two spells, Indian bowlers bowled with a great amount of discipline and hamstrung the Kiwi openers – Tom Latham and Devon Conway – into scoring quickly and taking the game away.
However, they have to wait for 34 overs for their first wicket, albeit it could be argued that Mohammed Shami, like his 2018 England tour, was a tad unlucky to not have the first breakthrough, which came off Ravichandran Ashwin in the form of Latham’s wicket.
Conway, on his maiden Test tour having already slammed a double hundred on debut, notched up his third Test 50+ score in his third Test match, before a bizarre shot, which came on the back of three maidens, saw him throw away his wicket before bad light forced early stumps once again with New Zealand trailing by 116 more runs.