Inclement English weather claimed yet another World Cup match after India's group game against 2015 finalists New Zealand was called off without a ball being bowled at Trent Bridge on Thursday. India are unbeaten in the tournament so far, but as the captain said, both sides need to start from scratch as India-Pakistan matches over the years have been about controlling the nerves and executing the plans better.
The wash-out seemed to come as no shock to New Zealand captain Kane Williamson: 'We've been here for four days and not seen any sun so it's no surprise. India assistant coach Sanjay Bangar confirmed on Wednesday that No. 4 batsman KL Rahul will be promoted to bat at the top of the order in the forthcoming matches.
The rain has not been heavy over the last couple of days, but annoying enough to cause regular interruptions in the game.
India on Tuesday put Shikhar Dhawan under observation over a hand injury that could sideline the batsman for at least two weeks at the World Cup.
"Mr Dhawan sustained an injury on the back of his left hand in the region between the index finger and thumb during the CWC 2019 league match against Australia", the statement added. "The atmosphere from the outside, for the first time, it's a bit intimidating, but we'll look to execute well", Kohli said. If he stands in the slips in the initial phase of the innings, that could be an issue.
Reports from India suggest Pant, who missed out on making the 15-man World Cup squad, is expected to fly in as cover for Dhawan.
New Zealand are outright leaders on seven points after moving one clear of Australia, while India move third above England, with five points from three matches.
The New Zealand chase was less dramatic, despite the innings-opening loss of Guptill to Aftab Alam's first ball of the tournament. And they let their frustration know on Twitter.