Live updates: World Test Championship final - Blackcaps v India day four from Southampton's Ageas Bowl

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2:00am - STUMPS

The inevitable has been realised. Play has been abandoned.

Keep the faith though cricket fans, because the forecast is genuinely good for the last two days.

The only worry will be whether or not there's enough time left to get a result - otherwise it'll be a shared trophy.


The umpires are out on the ground, talking to local staff about what to expect.

Even if it were to stop raining, we'd be looking at a considerable amount of time to then dry the ground to squeeze in some play before the day's scheduled end.


The rain has started to fall harder... This could be the end of any hope of play on day four.


The scheduled lunch break has finished, but the rain is continuing to fall at the Ageas Bowl.

No update to when or if play could start.


Lunch has been taken. The rain has been reduced to a slight drizzle, which is annoying because the umpires can't make any call until it stops.

The super soppers are working on the covers, hoping to clear as much water as possible.

We probably won't have any other updates to give for another 40 or so minutes, but as soon as anything comes through, we'll let you know.


The rain appears to have stopped - the super soppers are at work on the outfield.

Hopefully that means we can get some play in, but don't be surprised if they take an early lunch.


The update is that there's no update. The rain is still falling, and stopping the groundstaff from being able to begin to dry the wicket square and outfield.


We're expecting an update from the middle at 10:30pm.

It looks as though it's still raining on the ground though, so we could be looking at no play before lunch.


Play has been delayed to start the fourth day. The Blackcaps are playing table tennis while they wait for conditions to improve.


Good evening! The first bit of news is that rain has been falling in Southampton.

The square is currently under covers, and we could face a bit of a wait until we know when we can start play.


Kia ora and welcome to Newshub's live coverage of day four of the World Test Championship final between the Blackcaps and India from Southampton's Ageas Bowl.

Day three was as close to a perfect day as New Zealand could have asked for.

Kyle Jamieson blew India away in the morning session, bowling them out for 217, before another Devon Conway half-century saw the Blackcaps reach stumps at 101/2, 116 runs behind.

Kane Williamson (12 not out) and Ross Taylor (0 not out) will resume the innings when play begins.

Today's weather forecast is for more rain throughout the day, but things do look good for days five and six - if they're needed.

TAB odds: New Zealand $4.55, India $19, draw $1.20.


Jamieson continues historic march to put Blackcaps on top

Blackcaps bowler Kyle Jamieson added another chapter to his remarkable start to test cricket on Monday (NZ time).

The 26-year-old decimated the Indian batting line-up on day three of the World Test Championship final, claiming first-innings figures of 5/31 to put New Zealand in a commanding position.

The five-wicket haul is his fifth in jus teight test appearances since his February 2020 debut, as the Aucklander continues to stamp his mark on international cricket.

"It was similar to yesterday, we just found the rewards a bit quicker," says Jamieson. "It was about putting the ball in good areas for longer periods, and we were able to do that this morning.

"We spoke about how yesterday unfolded and Tim [Southee] gave us a good chat this morning before we went on the field just around how we wanted to operate this morning."

Jaimeson set the tone for the day by claiming the prized scalp of Indian captain Virat Kohli, as part of an adjusted approach to taking advantage of the favourable overhead conditions.

"The ball was swinging out there a fair amount and probably, at times, almost too much," Jamieson says. 

"For me personally.. I tried to wobble the ball more than swing it and just engage guys for longer periods, especially when the seam's still pretty good.

"In New Zealand, it doesn't tend to move as much in the air and instead of guys playing and missing you tend to grab the edge a little bit more... trying to put the ball in the right area and see what happens."

As he swept up the Indian tail, Jamieson sat on a hat-trick, only to be denied the third wicket by Mohammed Shami, who played a courageous attacking stroke.

"Credit to Mohammed Shami, he played a pretty good cover drive there," he says with a grin. "It's just good to contribute and wrap things up nice and quickly."

NZ openers Tom Latham (30) and Devon Conway (54) capitalised on Jamieson's efforts with a determined opening stand, before departing late in the day to leave the veteran duo of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor at the crease - the Blackcaps in the driver's seat at 101/2 at stumps.

"They were superb," Jamieson notes. "From my short time in the team, that was some of the best batting I'd seen.

"The ball was swinging...the conditions were probably going to be in the bowlers' favour, the way they negotiated a pretty tricky period was outstanding.

"The way they tackled that, built a partnership, and got us to where we are was pretty special."