India-New Zealand 3rd match abandoned at CWC

June 14, 2019
Umpires Paul Ronald Reiffel of Australia (left) with Marais Erasmus of South Africa walk off the field after inspecting the ground as the rain delays start of the Cricket World Cup match between India and New Zealand at Trent Bridge in Nottingham yesterday.
Umpires Paul Ronald Reiffel of Australia (left) with Marais Erasmus of South Africa walk off the field after inspecting the ground as the rain delays start of the Cricket World Cup match between India and New Zealand at Trent Bridge in Nottingham yesterday.

(AP):

India played down their abandoned match against Cricket World Cup leader New Zealand as any setback before its blockbuster showdown with Pakistan this weekend.

India and New Zealand came to Trent Bridge unbeaten and will leave unbeaten after persistent showers forced their compelling matchup yesterday to be cancelled at about 3 p.m. local time, four and a half hours after its scheduled start.

The third match abandoned without a ball bowled at this World Cup, one more than in all of the 11 previous World Cups, meant that India will face Pakistan on Sunday in Manchester not having played for a week. Pakistan played on Wednesday, losing to Australia.

But India captain Virat Kohli was unfazed that his side might be undercooked after only two games and two wins.

"We're playing some good cricket, so we're not too worried about where we stand. Having two wins gives you that extra confidence," Kohoi said. "We will have a couple of practice sessions so we know where we are in terms of mindset and skill. We are quite ready to take that game on."

Kohli added that the players are much less hyped about the match than their fans.

"The frenzy around it is a bit intimidating for the guys doing it for the first time, but for us, it's about being professional as always, do the basics right and look to get a result your way.

"It's an opportunity to create excitement. It's been competitive for years, and it's a marquee event all over the world. It's an honour to be part of the big game and brings the best out in me."

It will be the first match between them in an ICC event since the 2017 Champions Trophy final in London, where Pakistan upset India. That is Pakistan's only win in five matches between the neighbours in four years.

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