2 August 2021 9:57

WTC final: Rain plays spoilsport, Day Four washed off

"It pains me to say it, but a ONE-OFF & incredibly important cricket game should NOT be played in the UK"

Rain played spoilsport once again as Day Four of the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand was abandoned without a ball being bowled on Monday.

“Update: Play on Day 4 abandoned due to rain. We thank our fans who turned up and kept the tempo high. See you again, tomorrow,” BCCI tweeted.

Day 1 of the ongoing final was also abandoned due to rain while Day 2 saw early stumps being called due to bad light. A call on using the Reserve Day will be taken on the fifth afternoon.

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Earlier, former England skipper Kevin Pietersen advocated to not stage an “incredibly important cricket game” in the United Kingdom (UK) following constant interruptions caused by rain in the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) final. “It pains me to say it, but a ONE-OFF & incredibly important cricket game should NOT be played in the UK,” Pietersen tweeted.

Jamieson was New Zealand’s hero on the third day as he claimed his fifth five-wicket haul in just eight Tests to help the Black Caps seize the initiative in the WTC final.

The 26-year-old Jamieson, who only made his Test debut against India in February 2020, secured the all-important wicket of Virat Kohli to prevent the skipper from adding to his overnight score of 44. However, rain forced him to keep busy with table tennis.

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He also dismissed the dangerous Rishabh Pant (4) before taking the wickets of Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah in successive balls as India slumped to 217 all out from 92.1 overs.

In reply, openers Tom Latham (30) and Devon Conway (54) put their side in the driving seat with a 70-run partnership before India hit back late to leave the Black Caps on 101 for two at the close of play on the third evening.

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