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India vs New Zealand: Match abandoned due to rain
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India vs New Zealand: Match abandoned due to rain

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Nottingham, Jun 13: The World Cup match between India and New Zealand was abandoned after continuous rain at Trent Bridge here on Thursday with both sides earning a point each.

The match was called off without a single ball being bowled. Interestingly, 2019 has become the World Cup with the most number of abandoned games, so far four matches have been abandoned in this World Cup tournament.

"Sensible decision to not play, given the outfield wasn't fully fit. One point not a bad thing for sides that have won all their games so far. So we'll take it. For Sunday, we know we're there when it comes to the mindset. Just about going out there and having a game plan, executing it,'' said Kohli.

''As soon as you enter the field, it's calm and relaxed. The atmosphere from the outside, for the first time, it's a bit intimidating, but we'll look to execute well. It's been competitive for years, it's a marquee event all over the world, honour to be a part of the big game. Brings out the best in all of us. Shikhar will be in a plaster for a couple of weeks, we'll assess and see. Hopefully he'll be available for the later half and the semi-finals. He's motivated, we wanted to keep him back," Kohli added.

"Been about four days and we haven't seen the sun, so this doesn't surprise us. It's not ideal, but a little bit of time off is also important. We have some break now midway through, so it's a good chance for the guys to freshen up and look forward to the next challenge,'' said Kane Williamson.

''Southee, Nicholls have progressed nicely. South Africa is a very good side, we know every time we play them, they're extremely competitive, but we have a few days to refresh and come back. Every game has similar worth, every time you're trying to prepare as well as we can," Williamson added.

On Tuesday a match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka was rained off and teams shared a point each.

With Kiwis on top with seven points off four matches, India edge ahead of England to third spot with five points off three matches. Australia stay second with six points off four matches while England is on seventh spot with four points off three matches. Afghanistan, England and Australia are the only three sides to escape rain results this World Cup.

On Friday, England will face West Indies at Southampton while on this Sunday there will be a high voltage match between India and Pakistan. (UNI)