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Rain washes out 4th day of WTC final between India and NZ

Persistent rain continued to disrupt the world test championship final between India and New Zealand as the fourth day's play was washed out on Monday.

Umpires called off the day's play at 1300 local time as rain continued to fall at the Rose Bowl.

New Zealand was somewhat comfortably placed at 101-2 after fast bowler Kyle Jamiesen’s 5-31 dismissed India for 217 in the first innings on the third day of the rain-affected inaugural WTC final.

India's Mohammed Shami, left, and Wriddhiman Saha, center, walk across the field with a member of team support staff after rain delayed start of the fourth day of the World Test Championship final cricket match between New Zealand and India, at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, England, Monday, June 21, 2021. (AP PhotoIan Walton)

The first day was completely washed out while only 64.4 overs could be bowled on the second day.

India’s middle order was rattled by an all-out New Zealand pace attack on Sunday before Devon Conway (54) and Tom Latham (30) provided a solid opening stand of 70 runs.

There is the provision of a reserve day and there's a much better forecast over the remaining two days. If the outcome is a draw, the trophy will be shared.

Super soppers are used to remove water after rain delayed start of the fourth day of the World Test Championship final cricket match between New Zealand and India, at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, England, Monday, June 21, 2021. (AP PhotoIan Walton)

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Super soppers are used to remove water after rain delayed start of the fourth day of the World Test Championship final cricket match between New Zealand and India, at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, England, Monday, June 21, 2021. (AP PhotoIan Walton)

India's Jasprit Bumrah, second left, gestures as he walks with members of team support staff after rain delayed start of the fourth day of the World Test Championship final cricket match between New Zealand and India, at the Rose Bowl in Southampton, England, Monday, June 21, 2021. (AP PhotoIan Walton)