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[Rain World]Rain to Play Spoilsport in World Test Championship Final Between India-New Zealand; Southampton In f

Update time:2021-07-30 18:46Tag:

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  Thursday, June 17: Following a two-year-long qualifying process that was riddled with the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Test Championship is finally set for its first-ever final! Starting Friday, June 18, India and New Zealand will lock horns and begin their battle for glory in a 5-day test match—however, both teams run the risk of facing an anticlimactic loss to a natural foe: bad weather.

  According to The Weather Channel’s met team, on-and-off rainfall, thunder and cold winds are likely to impact the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, England. The thundershowers can disrupt many sessions throughout the game, with particularly high chances of a washout on at least one of the first four cricketing days. While one extra day has been reserved to make up for the time lost to bad weather, it may end up not being enough.

  Over France lies an area of low pressure, which is expected to move northwards on Friday, thereby pushing quite a bit of rain, thunder and cool northerly winds across Southern England and Southampton—particularly to the east, where the stadium is located—through the day. As per the latest updates, the rainfall might not be too intense, which lowers the likelihood of a complete washout.

  The passing of the system will bring some respite on Saturday, although light winds and late afternoon showers will remain a possibility, which could force the play to end early.

  The conditions could intensify on Saturday night in the form of heavy rainfall and thunder. But as they are expected to move quickly, the weather could clear by Sunday morning. Accordingly, sunny conditions may be on the horizon for Sunday and Monday, although a few showers may disrupt the play at times.

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  Overall, the chances of precipitation will remain at 90% on Friday, 40% on Saturday, back up to 80% on Sunday, and 70% on Monday.

  Meanwhile, the mercury levels will remain low—quite cool for late June when compared to the UK’s usual standards—hovering in the range of 17-19°C. Wind speed will remain high on Friday at 16 mph, but fall down to 9-13 mph for the subsequent three days.

  If the game does go on despite the forecasted conditions, the wet weather and damp atmosphere could highly favour the bowling units of both teams. Therefore, despite the presence of some of the best batsmen on the planet on both sides, we could be in for a comparatively low-scoring test final.

  Will we see the crowning of the first-ever World Test Champions next week? Or will Mother Nature rule over all and split the glory (and the $1.6 million prize!) between the two contrasting cricketing nations? Only time will tell.

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