Concerns of another game getting washed out looms over the World Cup as two undefeated sides lock horns with each other Thursday. India (ICC Rank 2) will take on New Zealand (ICC Rank 4) in their third match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, with the weather forecast not guaranteeing a full match owing to rains that can possibly lead the game to be abandoned or to be judged by the DLS method instead of a complete 100 over match.
Fans of both the sides are hoping against hope that the rains will not spoil the contest between the two high profile sides. The weather forecast ahead of the match is not in the best interests of both the teams as the mercury levels will see a dip to 13-degree Celsius alongside the larger threat of rain that may impede the match. As per the latest updates, the UK met department expects 'moderate to heavy prolonged rain' that could lead to 'localized flooding'.
A local weather bulletin, meanwhile, has delivered a gloomy forecast:
However, the overhead conditions are said to improve by the afternoon, bringing a ray of hope to cricket fans who have already witnessed three games being washed out, the highest ever a World Cup. The ICC has been severely criticized for the structuring of the tournament wherein incessant rains - a trademark feature of sport in the UK haven't been adequately accounted for. While the ICC has scheduled 'reserve days' for the semi-finals and the finals, it termed having such back-up days for the group stages a 'logistical nightmare'.
Wednesday's game between Australia and Pakistan saw a full contest. Both India and New Zealand remain unbeaten in this year's tournament and will hope to keep the winning trot going without being hampered by the weather.