India vs New Zealand, ICC World Cup 2019: Why Nottingham washout hurts India more than New Zealand
The ICC World Cup 2019 encounter between India and New Zealand became the fourth match to be abandoned in the ongoing competition as it was called off due to heavy rain and less than satisfactory ground conditions.
The groundstaff at Trent Bridge were kept busy by the stop-start drizzle while the umpires carried out a number of inspections only for the rain to start again. Tournament organisers have faced criticism over their planning of the event after two washouts and one no result, forcing teams to share one point each.
How the washout will effect India
The washout will certainly affect India more than New Zealand. The Kiwis, with already three wins in three matches will take a major step towards ensuring semi-final qualification with the one point against India. Three more wins in their next five matches will more or less guarantee them a top two finish.
India, the stronger of the two sides and in great rhythm, on the other hand, will be ruing a point lost as rain played spoilsport on Thursday. India have beaten New Zealand six times in their last 7 encounters.
To add to that, New Zealand have managed to win just 1 of their last 5 ODIs at Trent Bridge, Nottingham which incidentally came against India in World Cup 1999. New Zealand’s Win % at this venue is just 28.57%. In fact, among the visiting teams, only Pakistan have lost more games at this venue than New Zealand.
India have also won four of their five previous encounter against the Kiwis, losing only one by 8 wickets in January 2019, in Hamilton. In ICC World Cup tournaments, the two teams have faced each other on seven occasions, and the Kiwis are in front with four wins.The two teams have clashed against each other at the World Cup three times and all of them have gone Blackcaps’ ways.
(With agency inputs)