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WTC 2023 India Vs Aus Final: Rain likely to disrupt play; What happens if the match is drawn? Explained

India and Australia meet for the final day of the World Test Championship final. India are batting on 164 runs after losing three crucial wickets on the fourth day. If the match ends in a draw, the prestigious mace will be shared and both teams will be declared joint winners.

Day 5 of the world test championship final will be played today (Action Images via Reuters)Premium
Day 5 of the world test championship final will be played today (Action Images via Reuters)

India and Australia meet today for the final day of the World Test Championship final. India are batting on 164 runs after losing three crucial wickets on the fourth day of the Test match. Meanwhile, Australia are still 280 runs ahead thanks to their mammoth 469-run first innings total.

According to reports, rain and thunderstorm can disturb the passage of play on Day 5 of the World Test Championship Final. In fact, UK's Meteorological (MeT) department has issued a yellow alert and there is a 30 percent chance of rain during the afternoon on June 11.

Also Read: Ind vs Aus Live Score, WTC 2023 Final Day 5

All hope for India rests on the pair of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, who have looked solid at the crease so far. While Rahane also scored 89 runs in the first innings, Kohli has been in red-hot form in the IPL, scoring 2 centuries in this year's mega tournament.

Kohli is slowly approaching his fifty, batting on 44, while Rahane looks as solid as ever on 20.

However, a question that has engulfed the minds of cricketing fans around the globe is what happens if the World Test Championship Final ends in a draw. 

International Cricket Council (ICC) has cleared all the confusion regarding the WTC Final in a blog post on Saturday. The international cricketing body said if the WTC 2023 Final between India and Australia end in a draw then the prestigious mace will be shared and both the teams will be declared joint winners.

 “As per item 16.3.3 of the Playing Conditions for the World Test Championship Final, the mace will be shared and the prize money distributed equally among the two finalists should the match finish in a draw" ICC said in the blog post.

What happens if rain plays spoilsport on Day 5 of WTC Final? 

It is unlikely that rain will spoil the whole day's play on Day 5 of the WTC Final since adverse weather conditions have not caused any disruption to the Test Match so far. However, in the event that rain interrupts less than 1 hour of play on Day 5, the time may be made up by extending the end of the play.

Moreover, if more than 1 hour is lost due to adverse weather conditions, the match will continue on the reserve day.

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Updated: 11 Jun 2023, 01:58 PM IST
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