After six inspections of the ground, the umpires Paul Reiffel (Australia) and Marais Erasmus (South Africa) finally decided to call off the contest at 3 pm local time (7.30 PM IST). Rain played hide and seek and outfield was wet. Both India and New Zealand shared one point each and with this they still remain unbeaten in the ICC World Cup 2019
Nottingham: Rain continued to play spoilsport at the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales as the India-New Zealand contest was abandoned without a ball being bowled at Trent Bridge on Thursday (June 13).
This was the fourth game in the 10-team tournament that was washed out due to inclement weather. And, India were at the receiving end for the first time at this year’s World Cup.
Earlier, Sri Lanka-Pakistan (June 7), South Africa-West Indies (June 10), and Bangladesh-Sri Lanka (June 11) matches were called off due to rain.
After six inspections of the ground, the umpires Paul Reiffel (Australia) and Marais Erasmus (South Africa) finally decided to call off the contest at 3 pm local time (7.30 PM IST). Rain played hide and seek and outfield was wet. Both India and New Zealand shared one point each and with this they still remain unbeaten in the competition.
On the eve of the match, India’s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar had said India were lucky not to have been affected by rain. But now it has changed.
“Generally, when you come to England, you expect these things. You know you're bound to get a few days where the weather is going to play, but from our point of view, it's not happened to us. So far, we've been lucky that we haven't had a game affected by the weather. So let's keep our fingers crossed,” Bangar had said on Wednesday.
Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes had questioned ICC's decision of not having reserve days for league matches.
"Yeah, I would (be in favour of reserve days). I think when you look, if you know the English weather, sadly, we're going to get a lot of rain. We never know when the rain's going to come. People from all over the world keep asking me whether it's going to rain; I don't know," he had said.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) had defended its decision not to allot reserve days for league matches and only to semi-finals and final.
The Kiwis sit on top of the points table with seven points from four games while India moved to third with 5 points from three matches. India’s next match is against Pakistan on Sunday (June 16) while New Zealand face South Africa on June 19.
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