The first session of the World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand has been washed out. The BCCI shared an update on their Twitter handle.
Constant rains in Southampton made the match officials call off the first session of India vs New Zealand World Test Championship Final. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) tweeted on Friday, “Update: Unfortunately there will be no play in the first session on Day 1 of the ICC World Test Championship final. #WTC21”. The BCCI had earlier that the match officials were keeping eye and assessing the conditions in Southampton.
There were forecasts that heavy rain and thunder could play a spoilsport on day 1. The BCCI had informed earlier in the say, “Good morning from Southampton. We are just over an hour away from the scheduled start of play but It continues to drizzle here. The match officials are on the field now. ☔ #WTC21”.
A spokesperson from the UK Met department also had said, “Friday will be a cloudy day with long periods of heavy and thundery rain building in from the south from early morning. There’s a yellow weather warning in place for thunderstorms active for Southampton from 6am tomorrow to 6am Saturday morning.” The source added, “Some areas could see up to 40mm of rain across the day, although predictability on precise locations is low due to the nature of the weather conditions. The rain should ease slightly in Southampton overnight on Friday in to Saturday morning, leaving a mostly dry Saturday for the area. Highs of 17C on Friday.”
While speaking about the weather in the pre-match conference, Virat Kohli said, “We are quite clear in terms of what we want to do. The forecast is something we are not focused on. Regardless of what we do we have our bases covered. We won’t bother about what the weather holds.”