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Fourth game falls foul of weather as record extended

 

By David Charlesworth

India fielding coach Ramakrishnan Sridhar likened the Trent Bridge outfield to a "skating rink" as their clash against New Zealand became the latest to fall foul of the weather.

Intermittent rain and a sodden outfield led to an abandonment yesterday at 3pm - four and a half hours after the scheduled start time - as both sides took a point apiece to maintain their unbeaten starts to the tournament.

The prospect of play diminished with each passing hour, leading to a tournament record-extending fourth game in the space of seven days being called off.

But Sridhar believes the correct decision was made, as he said: "I went on the ground. It was almost like a skating rink. It would put too much risk on the players to play on there.

"(Days like this are) a challenge for our players to switch down but not switch off. Mentally it can play at the back of the mind. At the same time, not thinking about the game too much - do some reading, some music, chat with friends."

The abandonment meant India were deprived of the chance to field new opening pair Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan, who is also set to miss India's next two matches as he convalesces from a thumb injury.

New Zealand coach Gary Stead, whose side stay atop the table on seven points, with India two further back having played one game fewer, said: "It's always tough mentally on a day like this."

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