India vs New Zealand WTC final: Here’s how ICC will use reserve day

The World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand was disrupted even before the toss could take place at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Friday.

The first day of the WTC final was washed out due to continuous rain since Thursday evening.

The reserve day or sixth day officially came into effect half an hour into the second session i.e 6:40 pm IST. The two and half hours of play will be made up in the course of the next five days with 30 minutes of an early start on each day.

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ICC said whatever time is lost from the 2 and a half hours on Friday, will be added to the sixth day on June 23.

“The Reserve Day has been scheduled to ensure five full days of play, and it will only be used if lost playing time cannot be recovered through the normal provisions of making up lost time each day,” ICC had said in a release while announcing the playing conditions for the WTC final.

“There will be no additional day’s play if a positive result is not achieved after five full days of play and the match will be declared a draw in such a scenario,” the ICC release on the playing conditions read.

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