WTC Final Live: Deep Dasgupta says IND vs NZ ending in ‘draw is not too bad” – Former India cricketer Deep Dasgupta has expressed that there is very little chance of Team India winning the World Test Championship final against New Zealand and a draw is not a bad option for Virat Kohli’s men. Rain played a spoilsport in the WTC final as more than two days of play was washed out.
“If India want a positive result, they would need to control the next session. Sure, they would attack and want wickets, but is imperative they don’t concede too many runs if they aren’t able to get the breakthroughs. That may seem like a negative approach, but if look at how the situation is from an Indian perspective, a draw is not too negative of thought right now,” Dasgupta said on his Youtube.
WTC Final Live: The entire Day 4 was washed out, putting New Zealand on the top of the games with eight wickets in hand in the first innings and their two most experienced players- Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson- on the crease.
“If India want to win from here, all the four innings need to be played in the game. They’ll have to bowl New Zealand out first, and even if they take a lead they will have to keep it at a bare minimum. Then they’ll have to bat well but bat quick. Then they’ll have to bowl New Zealand out in the final innings as well. Right now just 1.5 innings have been completed, and a further 2.5 innings need to be completed for India to win,” Dasgupta decoded.
WTC Final Live: The Day 1 of the WTC final could not take place due to rain and the toss happened on Day 2. India were asked to bat first and were bowled out on 217 on Day 3.
Dasgupta feels that it is almost close to impossible for a side like New Zealand to collapse twice in a span of two days.
“If you look at the time frame, chances of New Zealand winning this is a lot more. The chances of a draw are the highest, followed by a New Zealand win. For India to win, however, New Zealand would have to collapse twice. That would be a bit difficult when you look at the time frame. The chances of an India win are low,” former India cricketer said.
WTC Final Live: While explaining what New Zealand need to do to win the WTC final, he said,”If New Zealand want to win, they will have to bat long and target something around 300+. Then with a lead of 75-100 runs, they will have to focus on getting India out early. But to get those 175 runs to establish a first-innings lead, they would need around 70-75 overs. If they manage to do that, they would be left with around 100 overs to get India out and score runs to win the game. Unlike India, New Zealand don’t need four innings to win the game. They can wrap it up in around 3 or 3.25 innings.”
The start of the Day 5 was delayed due to rain and it looks like the game is indeed heading towards a draw.