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Rain washes away New Zealand-Afghanistan clash at T20 World Cup | Cricket News

MELBOURNE: New Zealand’s Super 12 match against Afghanistan on the World Cup T20 was left without a ball being bowled on Wednesday due to rain, forcing both teams to share the runs.
The nil result at the Melbourne Cricket Ground left the number two New Zealand top of Group 1 last year at three points. The Black Caps defeated the champions last Saturday to receive Australia in their Super 12 opener.
Afghanistan, which lost to England in their first game, remain at the bottom of the group by one point.

England, in third place, previously suffered a shocking defeat to Ireland in the first game of the double-header at the MCG, with rain cut the game and the England lagging behind their par score calculated by the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Rain could still affect the Group 1 standings, with poor weather forecast for Friday in Melbourne, where Australia will face England after Ireland and Afghanistan meet in the MCG.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead said Wednesday’s excesses made host Australia’s first beating by the Black Caps all the more precious.
“I definitely think it helps,” he told reporters.
“I think (Ireland’s win) also shows that there are no easy matches throughout the tournament.
“So that’s good for cricket. It makes our pool a bit predictable.”

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