Who won the toss: The toss in the India vs New Zealand final match was scheduled to happen at 02:30 PM according to Indian Standard Time.
Had it not been for inclement weather conditions in Southampton, the final match of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship between India and New Zealand would have started by now.
Contrary to an 11:00 AM (local time) start to Test matches in England, the World Championship final was originally scheduled to begin at 10:30 AM, i.e., 03:00 PM (IST).
Rain, which had started to make its presence felt from yesterday itself, continued to pour down (another term for rain) this morning as well to play spoilsport at the Ageas Bowl.
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Who won the toss today 2021 WTC Final?
Slated to happen at 10:00 AM (local time), the toss for the historic final match has also been delayed due to the aforementioned reason. At this point in time, no official information has been provided with respect to when there will be an inspection at the venue.
In such situations, umpires keep a check on the rain and conduct regular inspections accordingly to decide the toss time and eventually the start time of the match.
Even if the rain doesn’t pour down anymore, there might still be a delay due to wet outfield. The groundsmen at the venue will hold utmost importance now for their efforts will play a significant role regarding deciding the start time of the match.
It is worth mentioning that this is not the first time when a match of a world event in England has been affected by rain. If the rain ends up spoiling the whole match, severe criticism will then pour in for ICC (International Cricket Council) for conducting such an important match in the English summer.