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India-New Zealand rained out

Published:Friday | June 14, 2019 | 12:34 AM
Covers and rollers take the field at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England with the match between India and New Zealand being abandoned without a ball being bowled because of rainfall yesterday. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
Covers and rollers take the field at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England with the match between India and New Zealand being abandoned without a ball being bowled because of rainfall yesterday. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

NOTTINGHAM, England (AP):

India played down their abandoned match against ICC Cricket World Cup leaders New Zealand as any setback before their 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 match-up yesterday to be cancelled at about 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 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,” Kohli 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 it 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’s Pakistan’s only win in five matches between the neighbours in four years.

TENSIONS

With the backdrop of tensions between their countries, their matches are always the biggest in cricket in terms of the global audience.There wasn’t much of an audience at Trent Bridge on Thursday except wet fans who only had a view of a covered pitch.

India and New Zealand, the only unbeaten teams, split the competition points.

Tournament leaders New Zealand have seven after four games, and India have five after three.