The World Test Championship (WTC) final so far has lived up to the expectations as the fans were expecting a similar thrilling contest in the finale of the competition. Keeping the current situation of the match, one could say that New Zealand are in control of the game and India have to strive a bit to turn the tide in their favour.
After opting to bowl first, New Zealand bundled out India for mere 217 runs, courtesy Kyle Jamieson's 5/31 and two wickets apiece from Neil Wagner and Trent Boult. In return, the Kiwis managed to score 101/2 by the end of play on Day 3. The game still seems evenly poised if one considers the amazing middle-order of the Black Caps facing the disciplined and tenacious India attack. The spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja is yet to come in full rhythm and their performance might help India make a turnaround.
However, before New Zealand get a strong hold in the game or India turn the tables, one thing is very important that is the weather, which has so far troubled the game, including a complete wash out on Day 1. It is worth noting that the game on Day 3 started half an hour late due to the wet outfield owing to the persistent rains in the preceding night at the Ageas Bowl Southampton, the venue of the grand finale.
Now, if the weather prediction is to be believed rain is expected to play spoilsport on Day 4 of WTC final similar to that on Day 1 of the mega encounter.