The ongoing second cycle of the ICC World Test Championship (ICC WTC) is set for a thrilling finish. With just three matches left, one of the spots for the ICC WTC final is still vacant. As of now, only Australia have managed to book their spot in the final.
India and Sri Lanka, on the other hand, are still in contention to make it to the final. Both the teams are currently involved in Tests with India playing against Australia in Ahmedabad and Sri Lanka up against New Zealand in Christchurch.
Team India still have their fate in their own hands. They need to win the ongoing game to seal their spot in the ICC WTC final and knock Sri Lanka out. However, a win is looking highly unlikely as of now. A draw is looking the likeliest of results at the moment although not many can bet against some unexpected turn of events on a day 5 pitch. But in case India fail to win the ongoing game, Sri Lanka will be in contention for the ICC WTC final.
ICC WTC final: What if Christchurch ends in a draw?
At the other end of the world, New Zealand and Sri Lanka are involved in a Test that looks likely to end in a draw too. The start of the day 5 action was delayed by rain and with New Zealand’s second innings still underway, a win for Sri Lanka is looking highly unlikely.
With rain interrupting, only 53 overs will be bowled on the final day. At the time of compiling this report, New Zealand were on 41 for 1, still needing 244 runs to win the game. And in case, Sri Lanka fail to win the ongoing Test, India will qualify for the ICC WTC final irrespective of the result in their ongoing game against Australia.
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