The much-anticipated World Test Championship (WTC) final between India and New Zealand will finally begin at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Friday.
India will lock horns with New Zealand in the much-anticipated final of the ICC World Test Championship.
The clash between the top-ranked sides in Test cricket will determine who will take home the inaugural WTC trophy.
Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson are two greats of the modern era. However, both as leaders, are yet to win a major ICC tournament.
Team India captain Kohli came astonishingly close to getting his hands on the silverware in 2017 when India lost in the Champions Trophy final.
New Zealand suffered a heartbreak in the final of 50-over World Cup to England in 2019. Fans around the world are waiting anxiously to see the two sides go head-to-head but the weather forecast in Southampton might play a huge role in what is expected to be one of the biggest matches of the year.
When will the WTC Final start?
The World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand will be played on June 18 from 3 pm IST. Toss will take place at 2:30 pm.
Team India and New Zealand will lock horns in the WTC finals at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.
The match will be live streamed on Star Sports network and Hotstar.
The Big Day is here! 👏 👏
— BCCI (@BCCI) June 18, 2021
It has been speculated that throughout the WTC final, there will be cloud cover in Southampton with chances of rain on all five days of the Test match.
According to weather forecast website AccuWeather, there is a 65 percent chance of rain on the first day, followed by 60 per cent on Day 2. Day 3 sees a drop in the prediction with a 56 percent chance of rain, with 65 percent on Day 4 and 63 percent on Day 5.
The weather forecast of reserve day, June 23 (25 percent), has a slightly less probability for rain.
Team India, who arrived in London earlier this month, will go into the summit clash with just a few practice sessions and an intra-squad match under their belt while New Zealand are fresh off a Test series win over hosts England.