We are just hours away from the the grand finale of the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship (2019-21 cycle) to kick off. With captain Virat Kohli looking to lead his side to their first-ever ICC trophy under his captaincy, the stakes are quite high and Team India are looking to leave no stones unturned to claim the ultimate glory. From training sessions to various fun activities of the players, we will bring you all the latest updates from Southampton in the build-up to the final showdown which is set to begin today (June 18) onwards. Welcome to the live blog of WTC final.
11:07 PM IST: NEW ZEALAND ARE THE WTC (2019-21) CHAMPIONS!!
The Kiwis have defeated India in a roller-coaster finale of the World Test Championship to become the winners of the inaugural edition. The experienced duo of Kane Williamson (52*) and Ross Taylor (47*) held their nerves as New Zealand chased down the 139-run target quite comfortably in the end to seal the victory. Redemption for Kane Williamson's men in England just two years after their heart-breaking defeat in 2019 World Cup Final.
10:56 PM IST: Jasprit Bumrah drops! Kane Williamson tries to heave a ball off Mohammed Shami but top-edges it up in the air but Bumrah misjudges the catch and misses it. Just sums up the day for India.
10:54 PM IST: The match is almost done and dusted with the Kiwis requiring only 14 more runs to seal a famous win in Southampton.
10:21 PM IST: 100 up for the Kiwis. New Zealand are on their way to complete a historic win in Southampton as they need only 39 runs more to clinch the victory.
09:36 PM IST: After Ashwin's two-wicket spell, Williamson and Taylor are stitching an unbeaten partnership to take New Zealand closer to win.
08: 58 PM IST: It is Ashwin again and it is Conway who is on his way back as he is caught LBW! It's crashing on to the middle stump, don't bother taking DRS against that call.
08: 48 PM IST: Williamson given out but survives after DRS
Ashwin again gets the umpire's decision in his favour but the ball was missing leg-stump as per the ball-tracking technology
08: 37 PM IST: Ashwin gets Latham stumped
India get their first WICKET!! They need nine more, New Zealand are 33/1, need 106 more runs to win
08: 25 PM IST: Bumrah, Ashwin into the attack after TEA
Jasprit Bumrah and R Ashwin have started the proceedings for India post tea. Bumrah still searching for his first wicket of the match
07: 56 PM IST: New Zealand openers go to TEA unseparated
New Zealand openers Tom Latham and Devon Conway ensured that New Zealand go to the tea break with all the 10 wickets in their hand. The scoreboard reads 19/0 and Kiwis need 120 more to win.
07:31 PM IST: Ishant, Shami share the new ball for India
WICKETS, WICKETS, WICKETS is the only thing that should be in the minds of the Indian team where as the Kiwis have all the time in the world to reach their target of 139 runs.
07:07 PM IST: India bowled out for 170
And now even Shami has departed after throwing his bat at just about everything. Jasprit Bumrah walks in to join Ishant Sharma. How many can they chip in? Bumrah doesn't trouble the scorers. India are bowled out for 170 and New Zealand need 139 runs to become first-ever Test Champions.
06:55 PM IST: Boult removes Rishabh Pant, R Ashwin in the same over
Massive moment in the game as Henry Nicholls grabs a skier from Rishabh Pant off the bowling of Trent Boult followed by Ashwin nicking one to the slips. India 154/8, leading by 124 runs possibly staring at a heart-breaking defeat.
6: 20 PM IST: Neil Wagner dismsses Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja has dismissed by a clever setup from Neil Wagner. The New Zealand pacer targets Jadeja's body with his first four deliveries and gets the breakthrough on 5th. The ball jus takes the edge and BJ Watling takes the catch.
5:05 PM IST: Pant and Jadeja take India to 130/5 on Lunch
Pant and Jadeja have a big task at hand as they seek to get some valuable runs on the board. Fantastic bowling from New Zealand who have not allowed Indian batsmen to get set at the crease.
4:37 PM IST: Trent Boult dismsses Ajinkya Rahane
Rahane is strangled down the leg side as Watling takes the catch to give the Kiwis a big breakthrough.
4:35 PM IST: Battle of the day- Pant vs Wagner
4:20 PM IST: Rahane and Pant looking bit nervy
Neil Wagner and Boult are bowling in tandem and have created few openings in the last few overs. Pant's thick edge just flies between second slip and gully
4:00 PM IST: Rahane and Pant steady Indian innings
Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant have steadied the Indian innings after Jamieson's double strike early on. Both the batsmen are playing sensibly and need to continue playing in the same manner.
3:35 PM IST: Jamieson dismisses Pujara
This is beatiful bowling from the tall pacer. Pujara edges one to the slips where Ross Taylor completes the catch
3:30 PM IST: Jamieson gets Kohli
Kyle Jamieson gets Virat Kohli for the second time in the ultimate Test. The game is ON!
3: 10 PM IST: Kohli and Pujara start cautiously
Virat Kohli 13(21) and Cheteshwar Pujara 13(64) have started the day cautiously. Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee have started the proceedings for Kiwis.
2: 15 PM IST: Can Kohli get a big score today?
All sunny in Southampton today. The ground and the conditions are perfect and both sets of players are practicing. A total of 98 overs will be bowled on the Reserve Day.
1: 30 PM IST: Perfect weather for a big day!
12:45 PM IST: Will we see a result today?
The possibility of a result in the WTC Final is looking less. However, if India can get some quick runs on the board and declare their innings, it could get interesting. Rishabh Pant could be the X-factor for India on Day 6, who can change the complexion of the game with some big hits.
12:05 PM IST: DK claims Day 6 weather Best Weather so far
11:40 AM IST: WTC Final weather forecast Southampton: No rain expected on Day 6, full day’s play expected at Rose Bowl.
10:10 AM IST: Hello and welcome to the coverage of the final day of the ICC WTC Final. Will we see a result today or will the hard-fought final end in a draw?
Have some sad news for you first up. Rain is predicted in the early half even today and although the conditions are likely to get better as the day progresses, the match seems to be heading towards a draw. For all the hype and excitement, this is what it has come to.
11:32 PM IST: Stumps on Day 5
Team India end the day on 64/2 with a 32-run lead going into the final day of the match. Tim Southee was the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand as he dismissed both the openers - Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma. Virat Kohli (8*) and Cheteshwar Pujara (12*) will begin the proceedings for India in what is expected to be thrilling end to this finale in Southampton. Do join us tomorrow as we get set for a fitting end to the inaugural edition of World Test Championship.
10:50 PM IST: Day of milestones for the Kiwis
10:15 PM IST: Scores level in WTC Final 2021
Cheteshwar Pujara plays a beautiful shot off his pads and runs three as India nullify the first-innings lead of New Zealand with 9 wickets in hand. As per scoreboard - India are 32/1 but effectively they are o/1 right now. The task to set a target for the Kiwis begins for Team India now.
10:00 PM IST: India lose Shubman Gill, trail by 8 runs
Tim Southee completes 600 wickets in international cricket as he breaks the opening partnership between Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill.
9:24 PM IST: Indian openers are in the middle. What is your score prediction for the third innings?
Mohammed Shami’s 4/76 and Ishant Sharma’s 3/48 have helped India bowl out Kiwis for 249. However, the Blackcaps added 114 runs in the second session to ensure they take a 32-run first innings lead. R Ashwin and R Jadeja also chipped in with a couple of wickets at the end to wrap up the tail. Devon Conway and Kane Williamson were the top-scorers for New Zealand.
08:58 PM IST: R Ashwin and Jadeja picked a wicket each to wrap up the tail but not before the Kiwis have taken a 32-run lead. TEA BREAK!
08: 30 PM IST: Ishant Sharma removes Williamson for 49 but not before he has ensured the Kiwis take a first innings, lead, New Zealand are 221/8. Ishant produced the edge and it went straight to a wide second slip where it Kohli himself who was positioned.
07:53 PM IST: It's been Shami's day so far and just when the partnership between Williamson and Jamieson was looking to take the game away from India with Jamieson playing attacking strokes, Shami's bouncer trick has got the better of the tall Kiwi. Caught at long leg by Bumrah.
07:25 PM IST: Shami strikes, Grandhomme has been caught LBW right in front of stumps. He decides against taking the review. Kiwis now 162/6, still 55 behind.
07: 20 PM IST: Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma it is who are sharing the brand new red cherry
07:12 PM IST: India take the second new ball.
06: 50 PM IST: Bumrah and Jadeja opening the proceedings for India post lunch even though Shami and Ishant tasted success in the opening session.
06:23 PM IST: What an end to the first session on Day 5. Surely, there are chances now for a result. The Kiwis might have lost a trick here by adding just 34 runs and losing three wickets.
06:04 PM IST: It's LUNCH on Day 5. For the first half, it looked like the Kiwis will cut down the deficit without a hiccup but Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Sharma picked three wickets in quick succession to seal the third session in favour of India as the Kiwis lost added just 34 runs.
5:55 PM IST: And now it's Ishant who has picked the wicket of the left-handed Nicholls. That's exactly why he was brought on. New Zealand are now 134/4, trailing by 83 runs. In comes BJ Watling, NOOOOO, he's a goner too as Shami has bowled a peach of a delivery to rattle his stumps after Nicholls was caught in the slips by Rohit Sharma. Kiwis- 135/5 now, still 82 behind.
05: 22 PM IST: After a cautious first hour in which both Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor survived, Mohammed Shami finally gave India the breakthrough they were looking for this morning. Shami pitched it up for the drive and Taylor obliged to play an uppish stroke which was brilliantly taken at the covers by a diving Shubman Gill. The scoreboard at this point read New Zealand- 117/3, trailing by 100 runs.
04:06 PM IST: Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma start proceedings for India. FINALLY some cricketing action!
03:53 PM IST: They are aiming for 91 overs on the day. Lunch at 1:30 pm (local time) which would mean 6 pm (IST) and tea and 4:10 pm (local time) corresponding to 8:40 pm (IST). Play can extend to a maximum of 7 pm local time.
03:45 PM IST: Here is the news we have been waiting for some time now. Play to begin at 4 pm (IST).
03:39 PM IST: Covers are being taken off and umpires have walked out for inspection. RAIN HAS STOPPED!
03:33 PM IST: Covers are still on at the Ageas Bowl although it looks much better than what it did 30 mins ago. We are starting to lose overs from the quota of 98 overs as play can extend to a maximum of 7 pm (local time).
02:58 PM IST: Should have been 2 minutes before the start of play but rain has had the last laugh yet again.
02:49 PM IST: Did we just jinx it with the last update? It's looking dreadful now. R Ashwin's wife, Prithi Narayanan, who is there at the venue, says that the forecast has changed. She even confirmed that it has started raining again.
02:35 PM IST: If there is no rain and with play set to begin on time, expect the entire 98 overs to be bowled today. There could well be a possibility of the match drifting towards a thrilling final (reserve) day, if we witness that much of cricket action on Tuesday.
02:30 PM IST: Less than half an hour for the start of play and we hear that the hover cover is going on at the Rose Bowl. Although there isn't any confirmation on whether it has started raining.
CONFIRMATION- It's a slight drizzle but it doesn't look like it will last for a long time.
02:13 PM IST: Here is an official update from the Kiwis. It looks pretty promising right now than it was a while ago.
02:03 PM IST: Good news for cricket lovers. It's cloudy and chilly at Southampton but play looks set to begin on time.
01:16 PM IST: However, play is likely to begin to begin on time. Here is Weatherman Dinesh Karthik with the weather updates from the venue.
01:10 PM IST: Hello and welcome to the coverage of what would ideally have been the final day of the ICC WTC Final.
Have some sad news for you first up. Rain is predicted in the early half even today and although the conditions are likely to get better as the day progresses, the match seems to be heading towards a draw. For all the hype and excitement, this is what it has come to.
WEATHER UPDATE of Day 5 of WTC final
How will the weather be in Southampton on day 5 of WTC Final? Click here to read more
07:43 PM IST: That's all from today's LIVE blog guys. Hope you enjoyed our coverage on the 4th Day which had nothing but rain filled in it. Don't forget to join us before the play on Day 5 (Tuesday). Until then, goodbye.
07:33 PM IST: Here is the inevitable. The play on Day 4 has been abandoned due to rain.
07:17 PM IST: The drizzles have now turned into heavy rain. Looking at the weather one can surely say that if we witness some action today, we would be lucky.
06:39 PM IST: Visual from the venue of the Test finale.
05: 51 PM IST: The persistent drizzle at the Ageas Bowl is too determined to be stopped.
05:10 PM IST: Lunch break has been taken.
05:02 PM IST: Here is the good news peeps! It has almost stopped raining in Southampton :)
Here is the visual when the rain was settling down:
4:30 PM IST: First session on Day 4 washed out
After rain washed out Day 1 of the ICC World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand, it has also made no play possible in the first session of Day 4 at the Ageas Bowl. Meanwhile, a final call on whether play could resume is expected in the second session.
4:05 PM IST: Umpires to wait till mid-afternoon session
Meanwhile, umpires are likely to take a call on Day 4 only after the mid-afternoon session since they don't want a scenario where they have called it off early only to see conditions get better.
3:40 PM IST: No official update on when the play will resume
Awaiting an official update regarding the start of play on Day 4. STAY TUNED as we try and break the development at the earliest.
3:03 PM IST: Wet weather returns at Southampton, Kiwi players enjoying a game of table tennis
2:46 PM IST: Persistent drizzle can mean another day washed out
The latest we are hearing is that it's not heavy rain but slight drizzle at the moment. However, if it remains persistent then we are staring at another washed out day at the ICC World Test Championship final, also making it difficult to arrive at a result of the summit clash.
WTC Final Day 4, 02:18 PM IST: Play unlikely to start on time
It's not good news prior to the scheduled start of Day 4 of the ICC World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand. Dinesh Karthik has told Star Sports that it is raining at the venue as of now and the weather forecast isn't too good either with showers predicted for the large part of the day.
11:00 PM IST: Stumps on Day 3
With the light falling below the permissible levels in Southampton, the players are making their way back to the pavilion as stumps have been called on Day 3. Although Latham (30) and Conway (54) were dismissed by Ashwin and Ishant respectively, the Kiwis have ended the day in a commanding position with the score reading 101/2. Kane Williamson (12*) and Ross Taylor (0*) will get the things rolling tomorrow. That's it from all of us, see you tomorrow in what is expected to be a thrilling day of cricket.
10:56 PM IST: Ishant strikes, Conway departs
Ishant Sharma strikes for India as Devon Conway flicks the ball from the pads and finds Mohammed Shami who takes a good catch. A lucky break for India against the run of play as Conway departs on 54.
10:31 PM IST: Devon Conway reaches fifty
Devon Conway reaches a brilliant half-century as he continues his scintillating start to Test career. The New Zealand opener plays a flick off short mid-wicket region and runs three to reach the landmark in 137 deliveries. Kane Williamson sees through the last delivery of Bumrah's over as drinks have been taken in the final session. New Zealand are in a commanding position with 99/1 in 44 overs.
9:50 PM IST: Ravichandran Ashwin strikes
The off-spinner floats the ball outside the off stump and invites a drive from Tom Latham. Virat Kohli flies high to take a brilliant catch at short-cover as India get their first wicket in 35th over. Latham walks back to the pavilion after a well-made 30 runs.
8:55 PM IST: Final session begins
The third session on Day 3 has begun in Southampton with Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin starting the proceedings.
8:28 PM IST: It's Tea time
The second session on Day 3 has ended as New Zealand end at 36/0 in 21 overs. Conway (18*) and Latham (17*) have been quite impressive against the Indian pacers.
8:08 PM IST: New Zealand on top
The Kiwi openers have provided the perfect start to their side as Latham and Conway have seen 16 overs of the new ball. New Zealand - 24/0.
7:41 PM IST: Players are back again
After 2-3 minutes of drizzle, everything is clear as the players get ready to resume the play again. Notably, one over for the day has been lost due to stoppage.
7:39 PM IST: Rain stops play
A bit of drizzle has started and the players are walking off. The hovercraft is on as NZ leave with the score of 19/0 in 10.1 overs,
7:12 PM IST: Solid start by the Kiwis
New Zealand have got off to a steady start in Southampton as the conditions look slightly easier to bat with the sun out. There have been few plays and misses as the score read 11/0 in 5 overs.
7:00 PM IST: Disciplined start from Indian bowlers
India's opening bowling duo of Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah have been on the mark as they are challenging Tom Latham and Devon Conway with perfect line and length. The Kiwi openers have been also solid in the middle. Exciting session ahead.
6:37 PM IST: End of Indian innings
Boult takes the last wicket of Jadeja (15). India all-out for 217 in 92.1 overs.
6:32 PM IST: Five-wicket haul for Jamieson in WTC Final!
6:12 PM IST:
Day 3 session 2 resumes with bright sunshine.
5:40 PM IST: NEW ZEALAND on top!
What a session for the Kiwis. Disciplined bowling from Kiwi pacers saw India losing 4 wickets in first two hours of play. Skipper Virat Kohli did not add a single run to his overnight score. While Neil Wagner stepped up to dismiss set batsman Ajinkya Rahane for 49. India are 211/7 at Lunch with Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja at crease.
5:16 PM IST: It's all-rounders in the middle
R Ashwin & Jadeja look to take India above 250. Will they be able to take India in a strong position?
4:50 PM IST: Rahane miss half-century by 1 run
Ajinkya Rahane was caught once again in Wagner's web. Missing his half-century by a run, Rahane became a victim of Wagner's short ball delivery.
4:32 PM IST: DRINKS Break!
Team India at 171/5 from 77 overs. Ajinkya Rahane close to another half-century alongside Ravindra Jadeja.
4:28 PM IST: As the game gets intense, some GOOD NEWS!
The sun is finally out in Southampton. Hoping to see full day of play today.
4:16 PM IST: TEAM INDIA IN SERIOUS TROUBLE
After skipper Virat Kohli, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant becomes victim of Kyle Jamieson.
4:10 PM IST: Rishabh Pant & Rahane in the middle with an aim to score big
3:48 PM IST: VIRAT KOHLI gone
Kyle Jamieson dismiss India skipper Virat Kohli. Century drought for Captain Cool continues.
3:35 PM IST: Day 3 play is ON!
3:15 PM IST: Session timings for Day 3 at Southampton (IST)
1st Session - 3.30 PM to 5.30 PM
2nd Session - 6.10 PM to 8.25 PM
3rd Session - 8.45 PM to 11.00 PM
The delayed start might lead to play being extended till 11.30 PM IST.
3:00 PM IST: BIG UPDATE
Day 3 play to start at 3:30 PM IST
2:45 PM IST: Day 3 play has been delayed due to wet outfield. Next inspection to take place at 10:20 AM local time (2:50 PM IST).
2:32 PM IST: Weather Update
Although there is hardly any rain in Southampton but the weather looks dark and cloudy. There are possibility of no play or delay in start of the first session. Here is it how it looks.
1:15 PM IST: 80-90 overs expected to be bowled today
Looking at today's condition, the weather is expected to be clear during the match hours, with the possibility of 80-90 overs being bowled today.
12:10 PM IST: We have are very own Weather-man- DK, live from Southampton
"Another 3.5 hours to go for play to start, so lets not worry too much guys. For now it's cloud. But the good part is, there is not ran atm (at the moment)," India's very own weather-man wrote.
11:00 AM IST: Good weather for cricket, to get more overs than Day 2
We have some good news for you. It's expected that during the match hours, it'll be a good weather for cricket at Southampton. Following which, the teams will get to play more overs than Day 2. India played a total of 64.4 overs before the game got suspended because of rain and bad light respectively.
10:35 AM IST: Welcome back to SportsTiger's LIVE coverage of the World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
That's all from today, bright sunshine in forecast tomorrow. Let's hope we get a full day of play on Day 3 of the WTC final. Until then goodbye & a goodnight!
10:45 PM IST: Stumps in Southampton
After really long conversations between umpires and the teams, it has been decided to call off today's day in Southampton. India end Day 2 at 146/3 in 64.4 overs with Kohli (44*) and Rahane (29*) at the crease.
10:30 PM IST: Umpires in talk with both teams
The umpires are currently in discussion with both the teams. The light isn't too bright in Southampton and it is very likely that finally the day will be called off now. We are still waiting for an official update on the same.
9:24 PM IST: Bad light stops play once again
It has been a stop-start action in last two hours and the light has deteriorated once again in Southampton. The readings have fallen below the level decided by the umpires and the players are making their way back to the pavilion. India 146/3 (Kohli 44*, Rahane 29*)
9:03 PM IST: 50-run partnership for Kohli-Rahane
India's captain and vice-captain have steadied the ship and calmed the storm as they have added fifty runs for the fourth wicket. From 88/3 to 138/3, the duo has been sensational and has taken India into a comfortable position in this contest.
8:56 PM IST: Action set to begin
The players are making their way on the field and the light looks considerably good inside the stadium. We could be in for some significant number of overs before the end of today's play. Virat Kohli will face the first delivery post resumption as Jamieson get ready to bowl.
8:53 PM IST: GOOD NEWS! Covers are coming off!
The hovercraft is coming off and the players are getting ready to come back onto the field. The light has improved and we are all set for the action to resume in Southampton.
8:35 PM IST: Is it the end of play?
The ground staff are bringing the hovercraft pitch cover on as a precautionary measure. The umpires are still on the field and are discussing the next course of action. There are no signs of improvement in light as of now and it could be the end of day's play in Southampton. The final decision on the same will be revealed in the next few minutes.
8:28 PM IST: Bad light stops play!
The umpires keep the light meters on the bails and the readings suggest that the players need to go back to the dressing room as the match has been stopped due to bad light. India 134/3 in 58.4 overs (Kohli 40*, Rahane 22*).
8:25 PM IST: Kohli enters an elite club
Virat Kohli has surpassed 7500 runs in Test cricket in his 154th innings. Fewest innings to reach 7500 Test runs for India:
Sachin Tendulkar / Virender Sehwag - 144 inns
Rahul Dravid - 148 inns
Virat Kohli - 154* inns
Sunil Gavaskar - 154 inns
8:12 PM IST: Third session set to begin
After a slight delay in the beginning of third session, the players are walking back into the field to resume play. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane can be seen having a chat with the umpires and it will be interesting to see how long the players can carry on. Lights are on and it looks quite bright inside the stadium as of now.
7:43 PM IST: Bad light stops play, umpires call for Tea
The second session in Southampton has ended as it was getting dark and the umpires were not satisfied with the light inside the stadium. They only lost the solitary wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara while going for Tea break as they added 51 runs to their total in this session. India - 120/3 in 55.3 overs (Kohli 35*, Rahane 13*, Jamieson 1/14, Wagner 1/19).
7:35 PM IST: Huge support for Team India in Southampton
The fans have left no stones unturned in lending their support for Virat Kohli's side as they have continued to make noise throughout the first half of the day.
7:30 PM IST: Captain and vice-captain on a mission
India's experienced duo of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have steadied the ship since the fall of the crucial wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara. The duo has already overseen more than 10 overs with Kohli (29* off 87) and Rahane (12* off 45) battling it out in difficult batting conditions. India - 112/3 after 53 overs.
5:05 PM IST: Lunch Break
That’s lunch on Day 2! India 69/2 after the first session of play in the WTC Final. Jamieson and Wagner scalped a wicket after Kane Williamson opted to field after winning the toss. After a solid start, both openers were dismissed. Kohli 6* and Pujara 0* will need to consolidate India's position in the next session.
4:50 PM IST: New Milestone Achieved!
Rohit Sharma becomes the first player to feature in two inaugural ICC final events. Before this, Sharma features in ICC T20 World Cup 2007.
3:55 PM IST: Did you have a close look at the pitch? If not here is it after being under covers.
3:35 PM IST: Team India seen wearing black armbands. Click here to read the reason.
2:35 PM IST: New Zealand have won the toss and opted to bowl against India
The toss for the much awaited final has finally taken place, with Williamson opted to bowl first against India. The Indian team had announced their playing XI on the eve of the game, while New Zealand revealed their playing XI during the toss, as they play with 4 frontline seamers and no spinners in their bowling attack.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant(wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand (Playing XI): Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
12:50 PM IST: It's cloudy again in SOUTHAMPTON, WTC final likely to experience delay once again.
The ray of sunshine brought in on Day 2 has been overshadowed by the cloudy weather in Southampton. Following which the WTC final is likely to experience more delay.
10:40 AM IST: We have some exciting news for you. The weather has cleared in Southampton and we're all set to witness some cricketing action today. Day 2 has brought a new ray of hope with a sunny morning in Southampton.
10:20 AM IST: Welcome back to SportsTiger's LIVE coverage of the World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
08:11 PM IST: Here's what the Men in Blue were all up to while it was raining outside in Southampton
07:45 PM IST: From tomorrow onwards a total of 98 overs will be bowled everyday to recover lost overs.
07:30 PM IST: Let's look at the session timings for Day 2 of the WTC Final
First session - 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM IST
Second session - 5.40 PM to 7.40 PM IST
Last session - 8:00 PM to 10.30/11.00 PM IST
07:21 PM IST: The bad news which was always around the corner has come out now. The play on Day 1 has been called off, courtesy rain. Reserve day comes into play.
07:00 PM IST: An update on the toss is still awaited. Oh no! It has started raining again. The sight is definitely not pleasing.
However, by then, you can take help from here to pick the best XI. World Test Championship Final: India vs New Zealand Fantasy Tips – Key Players, People’s Pick, Probable XI & More
06:37 PM IST: BIG UPDATE
Umpires will go for another inspection round at around 7:30 PM IST.
06:35 PM IST:
Meanwhile, former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has confirmed that India can change their Playing XI before the toss, if they wish.
06:27 PM IST: England Women vs India Women
Rain has moved to Bristol now and has delayed the start of the afternoon session. INDW: 29/1 (Follow-on)
06:17 PM IST: Meanwhile it was pouring like cats and dogs early during the day, check out how Twitterati reacted— Fans flood Twitter with memes as rain delays start of WTC Final 2021 in Southampton
06:15 PM IST: Umpires are out for inspection. Let's hope for some positive update on the toss.
05:53 PM IST: GOOD NEWS!
No rain from last half an hour now. Covers have been taken off at Southampton. This brings a slight ray of hope for the WTC final to set in play.
05:43 PM IST: As the wait continues, India head coach Ravi Shastri along with Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammad Shami are out in the ground.
05:35 PM IST:
05:27 PM IST: EARLY LUNCH in Southampton
Early lunch has been called in Southampton. Umpires will talk to the ground man to understand on the start of the match.
05:15 PM IST: RAIN RAIN IS BACK AGAIN! 😑
Drizzle starts again. Although players and staff members are now coming out. Don't believe us - Check this out
04:49 PM IST: A massive pool at the Ageas Bowl. According to broadcasters, the next update will be up by 5:30 PM IST.
04: 50 PM IST: BIG UPDATE
The rain has stopped in Southampton, but will the play happen?
04:38 PM IST: A quick look from the Ageas Bowl, Southampton
04:08 PM IST: It has started to pour in heavily in Southampton. Weather forecast predicts possibility of NO game on Day 1 of the WTC finale.
03:52 PM IST: Know what Rohit Sharma said on Star Network ahead of WTC Final -
"Boult and me had very good banters, he is quality bowler, we have seen it over the years, he will ask me few questions with the ball and I think I will be ready for it".
03:39 PM IST: Here is what Indian skipper Virat Kohli said to Star Sports—
"We are so delighted that we are in the final, we feel we have earned our place and belong where we are. We are happy some spectators are going to watch, which is justice for something of this magnitude, because a big final without spectators would have been anticlimactic. It's not the final frontier, it's just another feather to add to our hat that we have created as a Test team. It's a culmination of the toil over the last 4-5 years. We have identified these players, and condensed it down, and for me as a captain and for us as a team, it's not just good cricket over 6 months, but over the last 5 years. This is just a game that has a bit more value added to it, but every Test has had the same value over the last few years which is why we're ranked highly. Test cricket tests your grit and your resolve. You have to wake up and have belief and determination to turn up and turn things around every day of the Test, how to come back from a tough situation and hang in there. It's a metaphor for life."
03:08 PM IST: The weather conditions remain unchanged.
02:40 PM IST: Check out tweet of BCCI secretary Jay Shah wishing Virat Kohli and Co. ahead of the mega encounter against New Zealand.
02:18 PM IST: Here is a bad news. The rain has eventually forced the first session completely out of the scene. Notably, the toss hasn't taken place yet.
01:55 PM IST: The match officials are inspecting the playing conditions. Sadly, the rain feels it has nothing to do with this and hence it continues its mission to mar the joy of the fans.
Here is the view—
01:36 PM IST: Here is a footage shared by Ravichandran Ashwin from the Rose Bowl, Southampton. Watch and analyse the weather.
01:20 PM IST: Here is the inevitable, the rain has arrived and that too with great force. We are likely to miss the play on Day 1 of the Test.
12: 20 PM IST: Here is some good news for the cricket fans, the rain in Southampton has stopped :)
Here is the latest view-
12:08 PM IST: In case you missed the news, the weather is going to play a huge role in the match at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton. Here is the weather forecast for the slated five days of the match.
11:45 AM IST: Team India have already announced their Playing XI on Thursday. Meanwhile, Kane Williamson and Co. have kept the world guessing about their playing combination for the grand finale.
Here is India's Playing XI for the game:
To know more about it, you can refer to this link - India announce Playing XI on eve of World Test Championship final against New Zealand; leave out Siraj and Vihari
11:35 AM IST: Hello, folks! Welcome to the D-Day. within three and a half hours from now we will see both the top two Test teams in the world - India and New Zealand - fighting for the glory; an amount of $1.6 million, the Test championship mace and of course, the champion tag which will go down in history. Stay Connected to this space and we bring you the fastest updates related to the game.
3:50 PM IST: I like watching Rohit Sharma bat, he’s a tremendous player- Southee
New Zealand pacer Tim Southee lavished rich praise on India’s dynamic batting line-up ahead of the World Test Championship final taking place in Southampton. Southee reckoned that India opener Rohit Sharma is a tremendous player across formats and has the ability to take the game away from the opposition. “Rohit Sharma’s a tremendous player in all three formats and personally a guy I like watching bat," said Southee.
2:30 PM IST: WTC final will be biggest match of my life- Shubman Gill
Indian opener Shubman Gill admitted that the WTC final against New Zealand will be the biggest match of his career. The 21-year-old also highlighted the importance of intent and said that his priority is to keep the run-scoring intent flowing and not feel the pressure of expectations. "World Test Championship Final, it will be the biggest match of my life so far," Gill said.
1:25 PM IST: Check out WTC Final squads of both the teams:
Indian Squad for WTC Final: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha.
New Zealand Squad for WTC Final: Williamson, Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Will Young.
12:45 PM IST: D-Day is knocking on our doors!
The much-awaited ICC World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton is all set to commence on Friday. The fact that these two teams also happen to be the number 1 and number 2 ranked teams in the world is a testimony to their success over the two-year cycle and now both teams stand just one step away from glory. Who are you backing to win the all-important Test?
12:05 PM IST: Ishant, Shami, Bumrah, Siraj and Ashwin in line to start
According to The Telegraph, as of now, the pace quartet of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Siraj and Ravi Ashwin look likely to take the field in the WTC Final against NZ.
11:50 AM IST: Hello everyone!
With just 1 day remaining for the ICC World Test Championship Final, we look forward to bringing you all the updates from India's camp at Southampton!
9:05 PM IST: See you tomorrow!
That's a wrap from all of us here tonight. With the Indian players starting to see some action on the field, we can expect a busy day tomorrow. Do join us for all the latest happenings around the WTC Final. Until then, goodbye!
9:00 PM IST: India will have an advantage if conditions remain bright: Holding
Former West Indies cricketer Michael Holding believes that Ravichandran Ashwin is going be key for India in WTC Final as he admitted that the pitch at Ageas Bowl does offer some assistance for the spinners. Speaking about probable advantage for India, he said, "Obviously, conditions will play a role. But the bowling attack India have, it will help them even if conditions remain bright. And if it’s sunny throughout, they can even afford to play two spinners. They have that advantage.”
7:25 PM IST: Lack of match practice may hurt India, opines Vengsarkar
Former Indian cricketer and selector Dilip Vengsarkar hailed Kohli and Rohit as world-class players ahead of the WTC Final. However, he added that lack of match practice might hurt India in the finale. Reflecting on the same, he said, "Well, he (Kohli) has been around for a long time. He (Kohli) is one of the best batsmen in world cricket at the moment. Players like Virat or Rohit Sharma, they are world-class players, they take a lot of pride in their performance and pride in winning matches for India. It is a good thing and both are in very good form. But having said that, I think lack of match practice may hurt them in the first Test match."
2:50 PM IST: Mohammed Siraj is absolutely pumped up
The Indian pacer posted a picture of his practice session in Southampton and looked quite delighted. He added a caption, "A cherry in my hand, put a smile on my face.. #wtcfinal #miyamagic"
1:35 PM IST: Ravindra Jadeja starts practicing for WTC final at Southampton
With Team India's 3-day quarantine coming to an end, the players are set to start practicing from today onwards. Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja shared the first picture from his training at Southampton, where he can be seen practicing his spin. "First outing in Southampton #feelthevibe #india" he tweeted.
12:20 PM IST: 'India will start as favourites at WTC final' - VVS Laxman
Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman feels that India will start off as favourites in the upcoming World Test Championship final, especially because the way India has played over a period of time. “They have embraced the challenges and have overcome whatever obstacles they faced - as recently as the Australia series - and there's a lot of talent and depth in this Indian line-up," Laxman expressed.
11:00 AM IST: Good Morning! Welcome back
Team India has finally completed their 3-day soft quarantine, and will be seen training on the ground from today onwards. We assure to bring you all the action from Team India's camp at Southampton and look forward to an exciting day ahead!
10:00 PM IST: See you tomorrow!
With the quarantine coming to an end, it is going to be an extremely action-packed tomorrow. Good Night!
9:35 PM IST: 3-day quarantine comes to an end
9:30 PM IST: Virat Kohli on photography duties
Another talent of Virat Kohli has been revealed to everyone on Saturday ahead of the WTC Final. Anushka Sharma shared a photo of herself standing in the hotel room balcony with a mesmerizing view of Ageas Bowl in the background. The behind-the-scenes story was revealed by women's cricketer Harleen Deol who saw the action live from her balcony.
4:20 PM IST: Cheteshwar Pujara starts his training
3:30 PM IST: Mohammad Shami is the best bowler for Indian Test line-up for WTC final - Ajit Agarkar
Former Indian cricketer Ajit Agarkar has named Mohammad Shami as his top pick for the WTC final. He further went on to say that India's formidable bowling attack has been the strength of the Indian team over the last few years
2:05 PM IST: Brett Lee picks New Zealand as favourites to win WTC final
Former Australian cricketer picked Kane Williamson's New Zealand as his favourites for the WTC final. He feels that though India and New Zealand are both evenly balanced sides, the Blackcaps have an edge.
“The Indian Test line-up that will be on show, they have got some amazing talent, as do the Kiwis. It is pretty evenly matched there, though with the experience of New Zealand, because they have bowled in conditions that are similar back home, the Kiwis might have an advantage purely from that fact," the Australian expressed.
12:52 PM IST: Indian players can't meet each other during 3-day quarantine
As per protocols, the players are not allowed to meet each other during the Southampton quarantine. Earlier, BCCI negotiated for 3-day soft quarantine for the Indian team, instead of the 10-day hard quarantine. The ECB has relaxed the protocols and the players can start practicing from fourth day onwards.
11:00 AM IST: Commentators for WTC final- Sunil Gavaskar and Dinesh Karthik arrived in UK last night
Indian commentator Sunil Gavaskar and commentary debutant Dinesh Karthik have arrived in UK for the WTC final. The former Indian captain took to Instagram to wish Dinesh Karthik 'Good Luck' ahead of his commentary debut at the World Test Championship Final. Gavaskar shared a picture with Karthik and wrote "He made his India Test debut when I was a consultant to the Indian cricket team. Now he will make his commentary debut with the WTC finals. I'm sure he will do well in the box too. Good luck @dk00019 !"
10:30 AM IST: Welcome back to where we left yesterday
With Team India spending another day in quarantine, we look forward to delivering you all the updates from India's camp at Southampton!
10:05 PM IST: See you tomorrow!
With so much to look forward to as players spend another day in quarantine, stay tuned with us as we bring to you all the latest updates from Team India's stay in Southampton. Good Night!
9:45 PM IST: Hello Southampton: Jasprit Bumrah
The Indian fast-bowler is certainly enjoying the quarantine at Ageas Bowl along with his wife and sports presenter Sanjana Ganesan. This is the first international tour of Bumrah since his wedding on March 15. There is no doubt that the 27-year-old will have to be at his absolute best if India have to defeat the Kiwis in the ultimate showdown.
8:00 PM IST: Rohit and Pant - Neighbours in Southampton
Two of the most explosive players in the Indian side have been given rooms side-by-side. Considering the fun-loving nature of both Rohit and Pant, the duo is certainly going to entertain the fans both on and off the field during this tour.
6:20 PM IST: Interesting details from Team India's travel
After BCCI released a video of the journey of Indian team from Mumbai to Southampton, a very curious story was revealed when one of the cricketers revealed that Rohit Sharma did not let him sleep during the travel. "Rohit bhaiya ne aake utha diya, uske baad neend nahi aayi," the pacer revealed. Who do you think was at the receiving end?
4:30 PM IST: Virat Kohli is loving Ageas Bowl
Team India skipper Virat Kohli is absolutely enjoying the view from his hotel room's balcony at Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The 32-year-old, who is currently undergoing mandatory quarantine, posted a story on Instagram where he looked quite happy at the venue of WTC Final. With the stadium in the background, he also added a "smiling face with heart-eyes" emoji expressing his delight.
4:15 PM IST: Team India's historic travel from Mumbai to UK