ICC CWC 2019 Match 18: Ind vs NZ match called off; both teams split point

India vs New Zealand at Trent Bridge Stadium in Nottingham. Photo: @BCCI
In the 18th match of ICC World Cup 2019, inclement weather and wet outfield resulted in the match between India cricket team and New Zealand cricket team being called off at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. After several inspections and continuous rains, the match officials abandoned the match. The outfield was pretty wet and there was no sunshine. After heavy showers in the past two days, Thursday was been relatively dry although it remained overcast. The points will be shared between both the teams and India moved up to the third postion on the ICC World Cup 2019 points table 

Check 2019 cricket world cup points table here

India vs New Zealand head to head

Head to head in World Cups, New Zealand have a slight advantage as they won 4 out of 7 matches while India won 4.

7:37 PM IST Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Bristol 2019 Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Bristol 2019 India vs New Zealand Nottingham 2019 South Africa vs West Indies Southampton 2019

7:35 PM IST Check points table here

7:35 PM IST Unfortunately, India's #CWC19 game against New Zealand has been called off due to the rain  The points have been shared.#TeamIndia | #BackTheBlackcaps pic.twitter.com/Sr4qlzDriJ — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 13, 2019

7:34 PM IST The match has been called off. 1 point each for both teams  Thank you to all the fans who came out in numbers to support #TeamIndia We wish we had a game but we move on from here to meet Pakistan. See you there folks! #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/qviBewSK7F — BCCI (@BCCI) June 13, 2019

7:04 PM IST A quick update from Trent Bridge  pic.twitter.com/dARTL0QvTY — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 13, 2019

6:46 PM IST That optimism of some play I had this morning at #TrentBridge is disappearing rapidly with the latest rainfall radar image. Doesn’t look like any dry spells between these showers will be enough for the ground to cope! #bbccricket #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/1CNUbIELr7 — Simon King (@SimonOKing) June 13, 2019

6:40 PM IST Mood. pic.twitter.com/ELYm5thCWx — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 13, 2019

6:26 PM IST Very dark now. Huge cloud. This is proper rain. Think both teams will stay unbeaten now..... — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 13, 2019

5:55 PM IST The cut-off time for 20-over game is 20:45 PM IST, which is highly unlikely given intermitent rains

5:29 PM IST Covers are back on as it has started to drizzle again #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/N5B09s3reh — BCCI (@BCCI) June 13, 2019


Matches abandoned in World Cups

  • Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Bristol 2019
  • Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh Bristol 2019
  • India vs New Zealand Nottingham 2019
  • South Africa vs West Indies Southampton 2019

India and New Zealand spilt one point each

India vs New Zealand match called off due to rain without any ball bowled

WATCH: A quick update from Trent Bridge

Most likely India vs New Zealand match will be called off, we are just playing the waiting game

Weather update: The rain is extremely heavy at the moment

Cut-off time for 20-over game is 20:45 PM IST

The cut-off time for 20-over game is 20:45 PM IST, which is highly unlikely given intermitent rains

Next inspection at 6:00 PM IST

Still drizzling at Nottingham

Nottingham weather update

India vs New Zealand match may get washed out as there is a rain forecast for throughout the day. 

(Photo credit: accuweather.com)

Covers are coming off

TV visuals show, covers are off the pitch

Next inspection at 4:00 PM IST

Rain has got heavier now and the covers are on

Conditions still not better for play, next inspection at 4 p.m.

Initial inspection suggests it will take some time for the ground to dry up as there are a few muddy areas and damp weather is making it tough. The next inspection will be at 4 p.m. IST.

Toss delayed, official inspection at 3:00 PM IST

Key bowler for New Zealand

Trent Boult
Boult had finished the 2015 edition as the tournament's joint-highest wicket-taker along with Australia's Mitchell Starc. He has become one of the most successful fast bowlers of New Zealand. Boult has picked up 21 wickets so far this year in bi-lateral series, including a five-for against India, three-wicket haul against both India and Bangladesh. During the World Cup warm-up matches, he returned with four scalps against both India and West Indies in the first and second practice game, respectively. Boult returned with two wickets in a World Cup match against Bangladesh. 
Trent Boult. Photo: @@BLACKCAPS

India vs New Zealand in last 5 ODIs

India: 4
New Zealand: 1

Here is the playing 11 prediction of both teams

India playing 11: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Vijay Shankar/Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

New Zealand playing 11: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Jamesh Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

Brief report of India's loss in World Cup at Trent Bridge

1983: India 158 all out in 37.5 overs (Kapil Dev 40; Ken MacLeay 6-39) lost Australia 320-9 in 60 Overs (Trevor Chappell 110, Graham Yallop 66 not out; Kapil; Dev 5-43) by 5 wickets
1999: India 251-6 in 50 Overs (Ajay Jadeja 76; Chris Cairns 2-44) lost to New Zealand 253-5 in 48.2 overs (Matt Horner 74, Roger Twose 60 not out; Debasis Mohanty 2-41) by 5 wickets.

No rain at the moment in Nottingham

WATCH: Hardik Pandya on World Cup preparation

India record in world cup matches at Trent Bridge

Matches: 2
Lost: 2
Won: 0

India's record in ODIs at Trent Bridge

Matches played: 6
Won: 3
Lost: 3

Ross Taylor in the middle order is a key for New Zealand success

Ross Taylor

Taylor is the seventh Kiwi cricketer to play in his fourth and last World Cup. New Zealand depend mostly on Taylor if their top-order fails to give a good kick-start. The 35-year-old hit 54, 90 and 137 against Sri Lanka early this year. During India tour of New Zealand, Taylor smashed 93 in the third match. The right-hander scored 71 against India in a World Cup warm-up match. Taylor played a knock of 82 runs against Bangladesh in a World Cup match.
New Zealand's Ross Taylor celebrates his 50 runs during the third one day international between India and New Zealand at Bay Oval in Tauranga, New Zealand. File Photo: AP/PTI

It was raining at Trent Bridge today morning

WATCH: Sanjay Bangar on Rishabh Pant inclusion

MS Dhoni will be key for India's success lower down the order

MS Dhoni

The wicket-keeper batsman Dhoni led India to its second World Cup title in 2011. The former captain has been a guiding force of the team and helped Virat Kohli during the crucial overs. In a World Cup warm-up match against Bangladesh, Dhoni smashed 113 runs off just 78 balls, which saw four boundaries and seven sixes. This knock silenced the critics who had been criticising Dhoni's performance lately. Amid the gloves controversy against South Africa, Dhoni scored much needed 34 runs to beat South Africa. In the second match against Australia, Dhoni's cameo of 14-ball 27 saw three boundaries and one six.


Key batsman for New Zealand

Martin Guptill

Guptill was the architect behind New Zealand's best-ever World Cup campaign in 2015, guiding the team to its maiden tournament final which they eventually lost to Australia by seven wickets. The New Zealand opener topped the tournament charts with 547 runs and scored unbeaten 237, the highest individual score at the World Cup, in the quarter-finals against West Indies. He registered three centuries, 138 against Sri Lanka, and 117 not out and 118 against Bangladesh earlier this year. The right-hander contributed an unbeaten 73 against Sri Lanka in New Zealand's first World Cup 2019 match.
Martin Guptill. Photo: @ICC

ICC CWC 2019: New Zealand are dark horse in 50-over cricket

New Zealand, known as BlackCaps, are considered dark horse along with the West Indies in the 50-over tournament. Australian legends like Mark Waugh and Brett Lee picked up the Kiwis, the 2015 World Cup runners-up, as the fourth team to enter the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup.

Kapil Dev on quality in ICC cricket World Cup 2019

Commenting on the quality of cricket in the World Cup so far, Kapil said: "My concern is that pitches have become very flat in England. If you keep a little bit of grass scoring even 250 would be tough. I understand the need of the hour is sixes and fours but I want the pitches to be 60 percent in batsmen's favour and 40 for bowlers. At the moment, the ratio is more like 80-20 in favour of the batsmen.
Kapil Dev (Photo: @therealkapildev)

Ferguson on India batting line-up

So far, Ferguson has been brilliant in the premier tournament as he has the most number of wickets, 8, in the tournament. But Ferguson was in all praise for the 'world-class' Indian players and is looking forward to playing against them in England.

"They're world-class players. You're not going to blow them out of the water, but if you can build up enough pressure against them and then create a half-chance, that could be the wicket and you can then build from there," he said.

"Obviously, they're playing some great cricket and they're one of the top teams in the competition but we're definitely looking forward to the opportunity of playing them in England and we haven't played them for a while in England," he added.

Hardik Pandya record in ODIs

Pandya averages 30.53 in 47 ODIs with the bat and he also has a Test hundred. His bowling average of 41.97 in ODIs is on the higher side with 44 wickets to his name while he has taken 17 wickets in 11 Tests at 31.05.

Pandya more of batting all-rounder for now, also needs to perform with ball: Kapil

Kapil Dev wants Hardik Pandya to be better than him but Wednesday said the flamboyant cricketer needs to improve his bowling to become a complete all-rounder like the legend was in his heydays.

Pandya has grown rapidly as an international cricketer since making his India debut in January 2016. He has played many memorable knocks with the bat but his bowling figures pale in comparison.

"Lets not compare, let him play. We have already seen his rich talent and I want him to be better than me. He is an all-rounder, he has to perform in both the departments. Yes he is a batting all-rounder I can feel that, so I hope he can improve in his bowling. He is a great team man and that is more important," Kapil said in his response to a PTI query.

Taking wickets up front is key to beating India: Ferguson

New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson has chalked out a strategy to beat India in the ongoing ICC Men's Cricket World Cup, saying that they need to get early wickets or bowl some dot balls to create pressure and overpower their opponent.

"They showed us that they're probably a lot more patient in a way. And although we're looking to take wickets, sometimes we got a little bit expensive. I think taking wickets up front is the key to [beating] India but, if not, creating pressure and building dots," ICC quoted Ferguson, as saying.

India team management not to lose 'precious' player like Dhawan

Bangar also said that they do not want to rush things as they do not want to rule out a 'precious' player Dhawan.

"We will be observing him (Dhawan) and probably it will take some time around 10th or 12th day we will get to know where he stands and post that we will be in a better position to take a call because you do not really want to rule out a precious player like Shikhar. So we would like to wait and assess him," Bangar said.

So far, three matches have been abandoned due to rain in this World Cup and while talking about the weather in England, Bangar said: "Generally, when you come to England, you except these things where you know that you are bound to get few days where the weather is going to play a spoilsport but from our point of view, so far we have been lucky that they have not had a game affected by the weather."

Dhawan will be assessed for 10-12 days: Sanjay Bangar

K L Rahul will open along with Rohit Sharma for india in the match against New Zealand on Thursday in Trent Bridge in the ICC World Cup cricket even as the team management said it would like to assess Shikhar Dhawan's injury for 10 to 12 days before calling for replacement.

The vacant spot may be filled by Vijay Shankar in the match against New Zealand, India batting coach Sanjuay Bangar told the pre-match media conference.

"As far as batting order goes, KL Rahul moves up at the top of the order and there are various options that the team management can utilise going into the next game. Obviously, Vijay Shankar is going to be an option and there are a couple of others as well," he said.

"Around 10 or 12 days, we will be taking a call on the status of Shikhar and till that point, just to make sure that, if and when the replacement is required, then it is always good to have a replacement player coming in and practicing with the team as a standby," Bangar said.

Want KL to be versatile ODI player like Dravid: Bangar

If KL Rahul could adjust to opening the batting in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan, it will provide much-needed balance to the side, says assistant coach Sanjay Bangar, citing history when Rahul Dravid excelled in a similar role.

Rahul Dravid's versatility as a keeper and a floater under Sourav Ganguly's captaincy helped India maintain balance in ODIs which is exactly what Bangar expects from Rahul in the current limited overs set-up.

Rahul, who was supposed to fill-up the contentious No 4 slot and did a decent job against South Africa in bowler-friendly conditions, will now open with Rohit Sharma against New Zealand on Thursday.

"The advantages of playing in various situations, is that you understand the game a lot better. If you are batting in the middle order and suddenly you go and bat in the top order, then you know how challenging it can be, wherein you need to negotiate two new balls but you also understand that there are all these boundary opportunities," Bangar said when asked how challenging it is to suddenly open the innings.

"So if a player is able to do that -- and if you look across the history of the game, players have been very versatile, and here if you take (example of) his namesake Rahul Dravid back at the various positions, actually, it helped the team big time," Bangar said.

Ross Taylor's take on New Zealand performance so far in ICC CWC

Taylor is happy with this team's performance in the premier tournament so far but still think that the tournament is in its initial stages.

"It is still early on and I think all the nine teams, realistically seven teams are still in the hunt. First and foremost you have to the semi-finals regardless of whether you are top-seed or fourth-seed and you are just two wins away from lifting that cup. We are three from three and we are very happy but we know we got some bigger challenges ahead of us in the next couple of weeks," he said.

Shikhar Dhawan is a big loss to India: Ross Taylor ahead of clash

Batsman Shikhar Dhawan's absence will be a big loss to the Indian side, New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor said on Wednesday.

"Shikhar is a big loss to India. The present team plays very well at the ICC tournaments and he has a very good record over here. Rohit Sharma and Dhawan complement each other very well because of right and left hand combination," Taylor said during a press conference here on Wednesday ahead of his team's match against India on Thursday.

Replacement or cover? Selectors and team management differed on Pant's status

The selection committee and the team management were not on the same page over Rishabh Pant joining India's World Cup squad as "cover" for the injured Shikhar Dhawan, it has been learnt.

It has emerged that the team management was never keen on any replacement, including Pant, instead hoping for Shikhar Dhawan to get fit for the business end of the tournament.

Chances of Dhawan attaining match fitness, however, look grim at the moment. The team management is looking up to the cases where athletes have recovered quicker than expected.

On the eve of the match against New Zealand, assistant coach Sanjay Bangar said that Dhawan is so "precious" that skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri are willing to wait even if the opener is fit for the last league game against Sri Lanka on July 6.

The three selectors chairman MSK Prasad, Devang Gandhi and Sarandeep Singh -- are currently in England and "wanted to announce a replacement straightaway".

"... But the team management seemed against the idea as a replacement would have meant that Dhawan would practically have no chance of making it if India goes into the semi-finals. Look at his hands. It's plastered and things are not great," a BCCI source, privy to the development, told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

KL Rahul record as opener

Rahul is no stranger to opening the batting, but the last time he did so was in January 2017.

He opened in each of his first six ODIs -- against Zimbabwe and England -- but was earmarked as the solution at number four after a warm-up century against Bangladesh in Cardiff.

India's approach to the first powerplay since the 2015 World Cup has been conservative, with no side scoring slower than their 3.5 runs per over in the tournament thus far.

Despite Dhawan's absence, it seems their approach won't waver as Bangar encouraged Rahul to continue to show caution, starting against New Zealand at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

"The batsmen have to be a bit circumspect when the conditions are cloudy and there are two new balls. You always want your top bowler to show discipline and put the team in a great position because if you're in a good spot at the end of 10 or 15 overs, the seam tends to soften up.

"From that point of view, it's always a good strategy. Every opening batsman would like to have that sort of strategy, where if the conditions are challenging, you always want to give the bowlers the respect at times," Bangar said.

Will wait on Dhawan, Rahul to open: Sanjay Bangar

India's assistant coach Sanjay Bangar said the team management does not want to rule out injured opener Shikhar Dhawan just as yet, because he is too "precious", adding that KL Rahul will open the batting in his absence.

"We will take at least 10-12 days to take a call on Shikhar's condition. We don't want to rule out a precious player like him," Bangar told the media on the eve of India's third World Cup clash against New Zealand.

Dhawan suffered the injury after being hit by a Pat Cummins delivery during his 109-ball 117 knock against Australia. While the X-ray didn't show any fracture, CT scan revealed otherwise and Dhawan was taken to a specialist for further assessment.

Pant, who was initially ignored for Dinesh Karthik when the 15-member squad was picked, has been named as his standby and is expected to fly in to England as cover.

Here are the squad of both the teams

India world cup squad: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shanker, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand world cup: Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Trent Boult, Martin Guptill, Colin de Grandhomme, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tom Bundell, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi


India and New Zealand, the only two unbeaten sides in the ongoing World Cup so far, will look to dominate each other and prove a point when they meetat Trent Bridge in Nottingham today. The Black Caps have been absolutely ruthless in the three games they have played so far in the tournament.
After defeating Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in their tournament opener, the Kiwis didn't put their foot off the peddle and registered comprehensive victories against Bangladesh and Afghanistan in their next fixture. On the other hand, India have also played like tournament favourites and have registered reaffirming wins over South Africa and Australia. However, they would be wary off the fact that they had to be at their absolute best against Kane Williamson's side which defeated them quite convincingly in the warm-up fixture.
In that warm-up game, the Indian batsmen seemed to have no clue against the pace and swing from Trent Boult and other Kiwi pacers and were bundled out for mere 179 which the Black Caps chased down with ease at the Kennington Oval in London. As Shikhar Dhawan is out for the game, the Men in Blue will hope that KL Rahul -- who in all likelihood, will open the innings alongside Rohit Sharma - gives them a solid start and lay the foundation for the upcoming batsmen to score big and go full throttle against the New Zealand bowlers.
Also, it will be interesting to see whom they include in place of Dhawan. Either they can include Dinesh Karthik to strengthen their batting or they can go with either Ravindra Jadeja or Vijay Shanker who give them a bowling option too. However, one thing which both teams would be looking at is the weather in Nottingham. The weather forecast is not good for Thursday and there are high chances that rain may play spoilsport in the game.
The pitch at Trent Bridge is easily one of the best batting wickets in the country but the overcast conditions would definitely assist the fast bowlers. So, far the two teams have met seven times in all World Cup editions and New Zealand hold an edge of 4-3 against India. Thus, Virat Kohli would be looking to better that record.

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