Disappointment for fans as India v New Zealand World Cup match rained off in Nottingham
This is the third time in four days that a World Cup match has been abandoned and both teams have had to share one point each.
Result- Match abandoned due to rain without the toss
All in all, this is the fourth game of this edition of the World Cup to end without a result. Earlier, a match between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan had to be curtailed to 41 overs per side due to rain.
Both India and New Zealand were in red-hot form going into this match and it was expected to be a humdinger. Both teams will have reasons to be disappointed as New Zealand are the top team of the table and were coming into who this match with three wins from as many games. They had also beaten India comprehensively in in an official World Cup warm-match and would have fancied themselves to add one more win to their tally.
Likewise, India made an impressive start to their World Cup campaign and won both their matches against South Africa and Australia comfortably. They would have happy memories of the 4-1 series win against the Kiwis this year itself and would feel cheated of one point.
While New Zealand have retained their top spot in the points table, India have climbed up to the third place with two wins from three matches.
That said, the weather is under no one's control. As ICC CEO Dave Richardson clarified a couple of days ago, June is one of the driest months in the UK and the rain was completely unanticipated.
The Indian fans, though, would only expect that the marquee event between India and Pakistan does not have to face the wrath of the rain Gods.
India- Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Vijay Shankar/Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand- Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
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