Live Report – India vs New Zealand, WTC final, Southampton, 2nd day | Cricket





Take two. Are you ready for the Ultimate Test? Virat Kohli’s India and Kane Williamson’s New Zealand will be itching to get on the field and get this World Test Championship final underway, after all the rain on day one. Here’s ESPNcricinfo’s live updates – please refresh your page for the latest.

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9.50am

‘Pleasurable for bowlers’

The pitch report is in. Simon Doull and Sunil Gavaskar see the grass and call it a “pleasurable” surface for the bowlers. There is grass, there are the overheads. And this Test might not get all five days in. So a real case for bowl first.

India’s coach Ravi Shastri has confirmed India won’t change the XI they had named. Had it rained even today, they might have thought along those lines, but there is enough depth, skill and variation, he says, for a proper Test match.

9.35am

It is on time

The outfield is ready and fit. Toss in 25 minutes. The pitch looks a lot less green than it did, but then again there will be moisture retained and overcast conditions. I don’t know, I would just like to lose the toss if you ask me.

9.30am

There will be cricket




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Hey, you, yes you over at the weather websites and port terminals webcams. You can stop looking there for a while. The weather is dry till late afternoon, and we will get cricket. Will it be on time? We will let you know soon

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo


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