We have had just 141.1 overs of play during the course of the first 4 days.
While the first day was abandoned due to inclement weather, the second and third day saw the game get curtailed due to bad light. The fourth day followed the same script as the first day as heavy and consistent rain ensured that not a single ball was bowled.
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 21, 2021
That leaves us with just two days (including a reserve day) to try and force a result and get a clear winner of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship Final (ICC WTC Final).
The weather forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday looks rather encouraging but one feels that it would take a herculean collapse from either team to force a result in the match.
So, What happens to the cash prize in case the ICC WTC Final Draws or ends in a Tie ?
According to the ICC press release, the winning team will take home a purse of $1.6 million while the runner-up will get a cash price of $800,000.
However, in case the game ends in a draw or tie, the finalists will split the prize money for the first and second places.
Winners prize money – $1.6 Million; Runners up – $800k
If draw or tie – 1.6m + 800k $ = $2.4 Million
So, each team will take home $1.2 Million.
What about the Test Mace in case the WTC Final ends in a draw or tie?
Previously, the ICC Test Mace used to awarded to the team that finished at the numero-uno spot at the end of the annual cut-off date. However, prior to the WTC final, the ICC announced that the Mace will now be handed to the winner of the Test Championship final.
So, what happens in the case the WTC Final ends in a draw or tie?
In that case, the Mace will be shared by both India and New Zealand during the time they remain champions i.e until a new champion is crowned at the end of the next WTC final.
What is the current state of the WTC final?
New Zealand won the all-important toss on the 2nd day and with conditions ideal for their seamers, they decided to insert the Indians in. India started off brilliantly as Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill batted for more than 20 over and stitched a 62-run-stand.
Skipper Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane held the fort with a patient 61-run-stand for the 4th wicket.
But the Kyle Jamieson-led New Zealand attack wrestled back the initiative on the 3rd morning to claim the last 7 Indian wickets for 68 runs to bowl them out for 217.
In response, Tom Latham and Devon Conway blunted the Indian pacers by stitching a 70-run-stand before Ashwin dismissed the former.
Ishant Sharma then dismissed the half-centurion Devon Conway at the fag end of the day as New Zealand went into stumps at 2/101 in 49 overs; 116 runs adrift of India’s total.