The 18th match between India and New Zealand of the ongoing ICC World Cup was abandoned due to rain on Thursday at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. -ICC
Cricket fans endured more frustration on Thursday as India and New Zealand's World Cup encounter was abandoned without a ball being bowled at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Both the teams were awarded one point each as the match ended with no result. The umpires waited for more than four hours before calling the match off. Eventually, they called off the match at local time at 3pm.
"We have been here for 4 days and haven't seen any sun, so doesn't come as a too much of a surprise for us. You just try and get what you need off it (about the frustrating wait during the rain). Not ideal and at the same time little bit of time off is also very important in these tournaments. We do have a little break now which I guess is an interesting period sort of midway through the tournament, a good chance for us to freshen up and look forward to the next challenge", New Zealand Captain Williamson said.
"Disappointing not to get any game time at all. From the players point of view and where the teams are placed, it was better suited not to take the field when it is not safe to play. Don't want an injury at this stage. We've been playing some good cricket, we're not too worried about where we stand. Having two wins does give you confidence. A couple of practice sessions and we should be fine", India skipper Virat Kohli said.
Before coming to this match, New Zealand played three matches and India two and in all of them, both teams came up victorious. They are now the only two teams who are yet to suffer a loss in this World Cup.
With one point from this match, New Zealand's tally reached seven as they cemented their place at the top of the points table, and India secured five points to be at number three right after New Zealand and Australia. Earlier, three more World Cup matches were abandoned without a ball being bowled, or ended up with no result. The unseasonal rain is causing serious harm to the ongoing World Cup.
The spectators witnessed the first abandoned game in the World Cup when Pakistan were supposed to face Sri Lanka on June 7 at Bristol. After that, the battle between South Africa and West Indies ended with no result at Southampton. Later, Bangladesh's last game against Sri Lanka was also abandoned due to rain at Bristol on June 11.India will take on Pakistan on June 16 at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, while New Zealand will face off South Africa on June 19 at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
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