World Cup 2019: India, New Zealand share points as rain ruins Trent Bridge game

first_imgIndia and New Zealand were forced to share points after the 18th match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup was washed out without a ball being bowled at Trent Bridge on Thursday. New Zealand retained the top spot in the points table with 7 points from 4 matches while India moved to No.3 with 5 points from 3 matches.New Zealand and India remain unbeaten in their World Cup 2019 campaign so far. While New Zealand had defeated Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, India had won their first two matches against South Africa and defending champions Australia.Rain had loomed large over Nottingham hours before the scheduled start of the match between India and New Zealand. On Thursday, overcast conditions greeted both teams, fans and officials.The toss (scheduled at 2:30 PM IST) was delayed and there were 2 inspections thereafter. The first was held at 4 PM IST followed by another at 5 PM. The third was scheduled at 6PM but it wasn’t possible as the rain came back. The umpires finally came out at 7 PM only to schedule another inspection at 7.30 PM. India and New Zealand were seen in their dressing room balconies as they waited for the rain to stop (AP Photo)India were in great form ahead of the game on Thursday. After an opening victory over South Africa scripted by Rohit Sharma’s hundred, Jasprit Bumrah’s pace and Yuzvendra Chahal’s guile, all of India’s batsmen came to the party against Australia.Shikhar Dhawan led the charge against Australia at The Oval on Sunday with a classy 117 while Virat Kohli made 82. Rohit Sharma hit a stylish 57 before Hardik Pandya smashed 48 in a sterling assault down the order. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah then combined with Chahal to deny Australia victory.advertisementThis was the 4th match which was washed out in the 2019 World Cup. No other World Cup has had as many washouts. The umpires came out for two inspections of the ground at Trent Bridge (AP Photo)Rain had already affected 3 matches before the India – New Zealand washout. The game between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was washed out without a ball being bowled before the South Africa vs West Indies game had to be abandoned after the Proteas lost 2 wickets.Sri Lanka suffered another setback when their next match against Bangladesh was also washed out.India will now head over to Manchester for a high-profile match against Pakistan on June 16 while New Zealand take on South Africa on June 19.Also Read | Kedar Jadhav pleads Nottingham rain to go to MaharashtraAlso Read | India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019: Funny memes out as rain frustrates fansAlso Read | On 14th July, I want the World Cup in my hand: Hardik Pandyalast_img read more

‘Liverpool don’t know how to defend’

first_imgLiverpool ‘Liverpool don’t know how to defend’ – Ferdinand rips into Reds after three-goal collapse Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 09:02 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Wijnaldum Liverpool v Sevilla Liverpool UEFA Champions League Sevilla v Liverpool Sevilla Jurgen Klopp saw his side surrender a commanding lead in a Champions League clash with Sevilla to see more questions asked of a much-maligned defence Rio Ferdinand has blasted Liverpool by saying they “don’t know how to defend” after throwing away a three-goal lead at Sevilla.The Reds’ much-maligned defence have faced plenty of uncomfortable questions this season, with Jurgen Klopp having been unable to plug the leaks.Reds 9/2 to concede O2.5 goals v Chelsea Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player That unit now finds itself firmly back under the spotlight following a remarkable Champions League collapse on Spanish soil.Liverpool looked to be in complete control as they netted three times inside half-an-hour, but a shambolic second-half showing – including a nightmare spell for Alberto Moreno – saw them forced to settle for a point and facing another inquest as to what went wrong.Former England and Manchester United defender Ferdinand was scathing in his assessment, telling BT Sport: “What it does is it brings doubt into the squad and into individuals through personal mistakes – every goal there could have been prevented.“The penalty for Moreno, the free kick for Moreno, the header for [Ragnar] Klavan, he could have headed that out in a different direction.Rio Ferdinand Liverpool cannot defend“This is a crucial time now, the couple of days towards the weekend are the time for the management to really galvanise and lift this squad up to try and take some positives.“They are better on the front foot, but the best teams can mix and match, and at the moment this Liverpool team don’t know how to defend.“They are good playing the way they did in the first half, but then you have to sit back and defend, soak up the pressure, and they have not been able to do that.”Despite enduring a forgettable evening against Sevilla, Liverpool did still take something from the game and have their European fate resting squarely in their own hands.Klopp’s side remain well on course for the last-16 and will progress as winners of Group E if they see off Spartak Moscow at Anfield on matchday six.Prior to that fixture, the Reds have three Premier League games in which to try and address their defensive frailties.Unfortunately, things are not about to get any easier as their next outing is set to see them welcome reigning Premier League champions Chelsea to Merseyside. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more