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Jun 13, 2019, 01.28 PM (IST)
Jun 13, 2019, 07.46 PM
Indian skipper Virat Kohli said, "Disappointing not to get any game time at all. From the players point of view and where the teams are placed, it was better suited not to take the field when it is not safe to play. Don't want an injury at this stage."
Jun 13, 2019, 07.38 PM
The umpires said, "It's been unfortunate but that's the way it is. The groundstaff did their best but the weather 48 hours prior to today made it really difficult for them."
Jun 13, 2019, 07.32 PM
The match has been abandoned because the rain was not stopping.
A soggy outfield from overnight showers had already delayed the start of the contest between the tournament's only two unbeaten side.
Umpires Marais Erasmus and Paul Reiffel carried out almost hourly inspections in the intermittent drizzle before finally throwing in the towel in the afternoon.
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.
New Zealand top the table with seven points, two ahead of India who have played one game fewer.
It is drizzling again... what to say... it's frustrating for the fans watching it on their television sets and majorly those present at the Trent Bridge.
Jun 13, 2019, 03.59 PM
The covers are coming off!!!
As of now, the rain has stopped.
Jun 13, 2019, 03.42 PM
The umpires were supposed to inspect the situation at 16:00 IST but, it is rainy again, heavy this time.
Even if the match happens, it is expected to be a curtailed one as there is forecast of intermittent showers through the day.
Jun 13, 2019, 03.15 PM
Good news from Nottingham, covers are being removed as the rain has stopped.
The umpires will do inspection at 16:00 IST.
Jun 13, 2019, 03.05 PM
Oh dear! Was looking good and here comes the drizzle again. Big issue here is even if stops there is neither sunlight nor a breeze to dry the outfield. Also, the covers cover the square and not the entire ground.
The umpire said, "The pitch is fine but just because we've had lot of rain in recent days, so we want to give it some time. Yes, player safety is important and it's early in the tournament, so we got to consider all these things."
Regarding the pitch condition, he added, "It's a damp kind of day with no wind or sun. We have to sit and wait for things to dry. It's (pitch) got to be reasonable to play an international game of cricket."
Jun 13, 2019, 02.37 PM
The ⛈️ relented for a while to allow India a net session outside while New Zealand were stuck indoors in Nottingham yesterday.@Sdoull shows us how the teams prepared. pic.twitter.com/kvFhu0eYK7
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Tom Blundell (wk), Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham
Jun 13, 2019, 01.50 PM
The Indian team's alternative strategy in the absence of an injured Shikhar Dhawan will be put through a stern test by a feisty New Zealand attack ready to ask a few probing questions if weather does not play spoilsport in their World Cup encounter here Thursday.
The contest, which could be a curtailed one due to inclement weather, will have a quality Black Caps seam attack ready to make life difficult for a new opening pair that is likely to feature KL Rahul at the top alongside Rohit Sharma.
Dhawan has been ruled out of at least the next three games owing to a hairline fracture in his left thumb.
New Zealand have had a good record against India at global events. Kane Williamson's men would be more than determined to win four-on-trot and maintain their pole position.
Dhawan has unintentionally forced Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri to go for a tactical rejig despite convincing performances in the first two games against South Africa and Australia.
If being forced to tinker with a successful opening combination that has cumulatively scored 4681 runs is a bit unsettling, there is also a positive side to the Dhawan injury saga.
It has provided India with an opportunity to test how good their Plan B is.
Rahul's probable elevation at the top will certainly bring Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik into the picture as far as the No.4 slot is concerned.
Jun 13, 2019, 01.49 PM
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