The final of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC final) is to behold two thriving rivals, India and New Zealand, on 18th June on Friday at Ageas Bowl Southampton. However, the two lucky charms have bloomed throughout the inaugural edition of the jousts to relinquish the showdown.
WTC Final Match Preview, Dream 11, Predicted Playing XI, Pitch & weather report
World Test Championship final, WTC Final India vs New Zealand
Match day: Friday
Match date: 18th June
Venue: Southampton, Ageas Bowl
Both; India and New Zealand are the top-notched red-ball units. They have been battling glamorously through the Test Championship, which has hot-rod them to the final of the inaugural ICC’s event. Where India could get an intrasquad practice match to prepare the lads, Williamson and co got a two-match test series versus England, luckily to try and judge their participants.
The NZ board has assayed over 17 players, and the stablest among them will be fancied in the playing XI tomorrow. India, unfortunately, is not befalling from an enormous practicing portal and had been active in the shorter formats lately. Also, what keeps them a step behind from New Zealand is their defeat in the group-stage match of the Championship versus Kane’s men. Nevertheless, NZ probably have an edge because of their bowling line-up.
Pitch & weather report:
The pitch is expected to carry and pace bounce. The surface is expected to support spin, but both India and New Zealand are proceeding with more pacers. As a result, Kohli and co will have the column of off-spin all-rounders Ashwin and Jadeja and no leg-spin, whereas Ajaz Patel will be the only leg-spin sensation for Williamson’s throng.
The temperature is anticipated to be 14-16 degrees celsius when the game initiates with high chances of cloud burst at Southampton. The weather will remain colder, eventually getting more in dark hours in all five days. Humidity on each day will be over 85%. Due to rain interruptions, the encounter may be dragged to the day sixth (reserved day at Ageas Bowl).
Predicted Playing XI:
NZ: Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Kyle Jamieson, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult
Ind: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Cheteshwar Pujara, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ajaz Patel, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel, Tom Blundell, Will Young, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Matt Henry
India: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma