The 18th match of ICC World Cup 2019 between two strong teams India and New Zealand was called off due to heavy rain at Trent Bridge, Southampton on Thursday. Continuous bad weather conditions in England have become a major concern in prestigious cricket cup matches as total four CWC 2019 battles had washed out following heavy rains so far.
Both New Zealand and India have won all their matches in the ongoing tournament so far. When on one side men in blues have clinched their two-match battles against South Africa and defending champion Australia in the past, New Zealand, on the other hand, won three games against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.
Though, both the teams have been rewarded with one point each after the match was abandoned, as a result of which India moved to the third position in the points table along with five points whereas Kiwis are still leading the board with seven points. Blues are just one point behind the five-time World Cup champions Aussies who are reigning at the second position in the current points table.
On the day of the match when all the fans and cricketers were all set for the exciting battle, black clouds covered the Trent Bridge pitch lamentably. Rain played hide and seek all day long which led the covers to keep coming on and off at least seven to eight times. Earlier during the dat, it seemed like play could be started but the weather kept troubling the squads.
In the end, no option was left before official authorities except abandoning the game and as a result match was washed-out. Both the teams faced each other in warm-up fixture also where the black caps thrashed the Indian cricketers by six wickets at ‘The Oval’ stadium. This time also New Zealand was looking to continue their dominance over Indian tigers but unfortunately, the match was dismissed before playing a single ball.
India will next take on arch-rivals Pakistan on June 16 at Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester while New Zealand will play against South Africa on June 19 at Edgbaston, Birmingham.