India and New Zealand were frustrated by the English weather as day one of the inaugural World Test Championship final in Southampton was washed out.
Rain on Friday meant the International Cricket Council (ICC) showpiece match could not get under way as planned at the Ageas Bowl, with players seen splashing through puddles on the outfield as they checked out the conditions.
The decision to call off the day's scheduled play came at close to 14:45 local time. Weather forecasts for the area suggest rain could be a factor on several days of the match.
Wednesday has been set aside as a reserve day, to allow the teams to make up any time lost if necessary.
The ICC said on Twitter: "Due to persistent rain, play has been abandoned on day one of the #WTC21 Final in Southampton."
Day 1 has been called at the Hampshire Bowl. A brief period without rain after lunch but it's back now and the Match Officials have called things. 98 overs now scheduled for tomorrow with a 10-30am local start. #WTC21 pic.twitter.com/XRzie08aAP— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) June 18, 2021