The entire first matchday was lost to the weather – the same fate befell day four
|India 217: Rahane 49, Kohli 44; Jamieson 5-31
|New Zealand 101-2: Conway 54, Latham 30
|India leads with 116 runs
India and New Zealand were again frustrated by the weather as another day of the World Test Championship Final was completely washed out by the rain.
Persistent rain hung around Southampton for the entire fourth day until the abandonment was done just before 3:00 p.m. BST.
So far, only 141.1 overs have been possible, with New Zealand currently 101-2 and 116 runs behind India.
There is a reserve, sixth day, so two days left, but a tie is now the clear favorite for the opening final.
Should that happen, India and New Zealand would be crowned joint winners and would share the £ 1.7 million prize pool.
The forecast is significantly improved, at least for the next two days.
If the game resumes, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson 12 will not be out, while Ross Taylor is yet to score after hitting two balls from bad light on day three.
New Zealand’s greatest hope of victory would be to beat once, beat India’s first innings totaling 217, and then beat their opponents on the final day.
India, carried by Black Caps opener Devon Conway’s wicket late Sunday, will likely need more fast wickets on Tuesday to stand a chance of winning.