The WTC final has lost two days of play due to persistent rain. Meanwhile, former Indian skipper Mohammed Azharuddin has backed a draw as a possible result for the final. After the fourth day was washed out due to rain, play has started on day five. A total of 141.2 overs of cricket was possible from the first four days and maximum 196 overs can be bowled now including a reserve day to attain a result.
While the ICC is being targeted for its lack of preparations for the big final, Mohammed Azharuddin has backed ICC’s decision to have a reserve day for the ICC World Test Championship final. He is also in favour of a draw as a result while other experts are against it.
Mohammed Azharuddin Backs ICC’s Decision Of Reserve Day For WTC Final
Former India skipper Mohammed Azharuddin has shown his support to ICC’s decision of having a reserve day for the WTC final. In the process, he reminded fans and experts that draw too is a valid result in the game of cricket.
“If a test match is to be decided by overs bowled, then there would never be a need to call it a five-day game. Adding a reserve day for the WTC in itself is an excellent decision. A draw exists as a result in a test match,” he wrote in his tweet.
The venue for the WTC final was Lord’s initially. It was relocated to Southampton due to logistical reasons. The same was confirmed by BCCI President Sourav Ganguly.
Meanwhile, at the start of day 5, The Kiwis were trailing by 116 runs as they finished at 101/2 at the end of day 3. This was after India were bowled out for 217 in their first innings. Virat Kohli’s team lost their last eight wickets for 71 runs as there was a batting collapse in the middle and the lower-order. This was after the Indian openers added a 62-run stand for the first wicket.
Kyle Jamieson was the wrecker in chief as far as the Kiwis were concerned. He took 5/31, which was his fifth fifer in just his eighth Test match.
Trent Boult and Neil Wagner took two each as Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane scored in their 40s in the first innings.