Cricket World Cup 2019: India v New Zealand abandoned due to rain

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The rain that has blighted the last week of the World Cup was once again to blame for another abandonment as India and New Zealand shared the spoils following a Trent Bridge washout.

This tournament has already set a new World Cup record for games called off, which extended to four in the space of seven days as intermittent rain and a sodden outfield conspired to frustrate those in attendance.

Any hope of play receded as the day progressed but it was not until 3pm – four and a half hours after the scheduled start time – that the teams, who each took a point, shook hands.

Heavy clouds hung in the air when the toss was scheduled to take place at 10am but the sheer volume of rain in the preceding 24 hours meant a 10.30am pitch inspection and a delayed start.

Regular showers hindered the ground staff’s tireless efforts as further inspections were called on an hourly basis until 2.30pm, when it was announced the umpires would survey the scene half an hour later.

But any raised hopes of action were quickly extinguished by yet more rain fall as the match was called off.

New Zealand remain top of the group stage table on seven points, with India, on five, moving up to third.

Provided by Press Association Sport 

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Cricket World Cup 2019 LIVE: India and New Zealand face off in top of the table clash in Nottingham

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New Zealand

Two teams with a 100 per cent win record in the 2019 World Cup go head to head at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

New Zealand have convincingly beaten Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and were made to work for two points against Bangladesh. Lockie Ferguson and Jimmy Neesham are in fine form heading into the key fixture.

India are on a rampage, having defeated South Africa and Australia in their first two games. But the Men in Blue are currently without the services of star man Shikhar Dhawan, who was injured during his century against the Kangaroos.

Will Trent Boult fire the Kiwis to a win like he did in the warm-up game, will Virat Kohli lead his team to the top of the table or will rain play spoilsport in this electric tie?

Find out by following the ball-ball-ball commentary from Nottingham below.

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Cricket World Cup 2019: Expect fireworks as batting heavyweights England and Windies face off

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England continue their World Cup campaign against the West Indies on Friday at the Hampshire Bowl.

Here, we take a look at the talking points ahead of the blockbuster encounter.

Runs galore at the Rose Bowl?

One can expect a high-scoring game as two explosive batting line-ups face off against each other. The pair put huge numbers on the board earlier this year during England’s tour of the Windies, where four of the eight innings of the ODI series saw scores of 360 or above.

Contrary to their performances in the ODI series, the batting department has let Windies down in this tournament and they must step up at all costs in a fixture like this.

Chris Gayle is in need of a big innings to kick start his World Cup campaign, while opening partner Evin Lewis has not had much luck either. However, the Windies boast players capable of magic and this fixture could very well be what they need to announce themselves.

Windies pacers need to make the best of the new ball

The toss will play a crucial role in this game given the overcast conditions in recent days. Fielding first would be a reasonable choice and the pacers will relish the opportunity of handling the new ball.

Sheldon Cottrell and Oshane Thomas showed what they can do with the new ball against Australia, adding some bounce to restrict their opponents to 39/4 after a terrific opening spell.

Although England boast a terrifying and deep batting line-up, they crumbled the only time they faced a good pace attack in this tournament. Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir claimed five wickets against England, the hosts only defeat this tournament.

The Jofra Archer sub-plot

All eyes will be on Caribbean-born Archer as he leads England’s pace attack against his home country.

The 24-year-old, who represented Windies at U19 level, has already claimed six wickets this tournament and will be looking to extend his tally against Jason Holder’s side.

The change in nationality could draw jeers from the Windies fans and this game will be a solid test to Archer’s composure.

Archer knows the importance of an early breakthrough against such a good batting line-up and with the pitch assisting pacers, he could be the trump card for England.

Gayle needs to assess his options carefully before going after the Sussex man.

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