Southampton, June 23 (IANS) Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar expects an exciting end to the World Cup final (WTC) final between India and New Zealand on reserve day Wednesday, but is skeptical that the bowlers can bring the opposition together with just one full day with games left.
Persistent rain and bad light have forced the match into the reserve day, with India going to stumps on day 5 at. 64/2 Tuesday with a lead of 32 runs.
Openers Shubman Gill (8) and Rohit Sharma (30) were both sacked by New Zealand tempo bowler Tim Southee. Skipper Virat Kohli (8) and Cheteshwar Pujara (12) were undefeated by drawing stumps.
The weather department has predicted a bright and sunny day, which can be conducive to batting.
“India will seek to score freely and put some runs on the board and maybe try to throw New Zealand out in the fourth innings. An exciting end to the first ever WTC final, ”Gavaskar told India Today.
They (India) have earned the opportunity (an external chance to win), but now the pitch seems to be playing much better due to the different weather, which is a bit sunny out now. It has dried up the surface, ”said Gavaskar.
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