Updated: June 13, 2019 8:42:39 pm
India finally had their first taste of a match being washed out at the 2019 World Cup on Thursday when the rain gods would not relent at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, forcing the match against New Zealand to be called off without a ball being bowled.
New Zealand have seven points from four games while India now have five from three with the next game against Pakistan in Manchester on Sunday. Rain is threatening to play spoilsport over there too.
The toss was delayed due to inclement weather and eventually never took place. An inspection was to happen at 3 pm IST, the scheduled start time, but was put off after it started raining again.
The outfield was pretty wet after heavy showers in the past two days.
The umpires had one last inspection at 7:30pm IST before taking the decision to abandon the match.
This was the fourth washout in the World Cup and the third this week.
Indian captain Virak Kohli said it was a sensible decision to call off the match.
“Sensible decision to not play, given the outfield wasn’t fully fit (sic). One point not a bad thing for sides that have won all their games so far. So we’ll take it,” he said.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said it was not an ideal situation but in a way a good chance for the players to get some rest.
“(It has) been about four days and we haven’t seen the sun, so this doesn’t surprise us. It’s not ideal, but little bit of time off is also important. We have some break now midway through, so it’s a good chance for the guys to freshen up and look forward to the next challenge,” he said.
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