The weather forecast for the second day of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand appears to be slightly better than the first.
In Southampton on Friday, the opening day of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand was canceled due to persistent rain. The match was scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. (IST), but due to inclement weather, the Ageas Bowl pitch was covered and the toss was postponed. The second day will begin at 2:30pm IST.
“Saturday 19th looks relatively dry for Southampton,” said a UK Met Department spokesperson. “On the other hand, severe rain is expected on Sunday and Monday. Although the rain will not be constant, most locations will likely see heavy rain at times over the next two days.”
On Friday, the game was called off without a single ball being bowled. The toss was also a no-show. The WTC final will be held on a reserve day (June 23).
The ICC has set aside a reserve day to compensate for time missed due to bad weather. Rain is expected in Southampton for most of the first title match in the longest format.
India will begin as favorites due to the greater number of alternatives available to them, but they will arrive underprepared. In the two-Test series against England, New Zealand warmed up strongly and dominated both, winning the second match in four days.