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India-New Zealand split points, both remain unbeaten

India and New Zealand split points as rain washed out the play without a bowl being bowled.

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CWC 2019: India – New Zealand split points, remain unbeaten
Another world cup match was abondoned without a ball being bowled. Photo: Sky Sports

India, NZ split points India and New Zealand are the only two teams left with an unbeaten record in the ongoing World Cup 2019 England & Wales.

Inclement English weather claimed another World Cup match after India’s group game against 2015 finalists New Zealand was called off without a ball being bowled at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

The covers were removed after the rain stopped, with groundstaff at Trent Bridge working hard to dry the playing surface.

But the rain then started to come down heavily and the covers came back on. Tournament organisers have faced criticism after two washouts and one no result, forcing teams to share one point each.

International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson said factoring in a reserve day for every match would be “extremely complex to deliver”.

Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes said: “We put men on the moon, so why can’t we have a reserve day? after their fixture against Sri Lanka in Bristol was abandoned without a ball being bowled. This was the fourth match to be either called off or abandoned in the rain-hit tournament with many questioning the absence of reserve days for group matches.

India and New Zealand are the only two unbeaten teams in the World Cup so far. Coming to this match, India won against South Africa and Australia whereas New Zealand beat Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

So New Zealand top the table with seven points, two ahead of India who have played one game fewer. New Zealand have a six-day gap before they play South Africa at Edgbaston, while India head to Manchester to face arch-rivals Pakistan.

Weather update says India Pakistan match probably be rain affected also. Ahead of such crucial fixtures, New Zealand head coach Gary Stead and R Sridhar, India’s fielding coach insisted that it was important to move on from what transpired at Trent Bridge and concentrate on the next task that lay ahead.

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