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Rain washes out New Zealand-Afghanistan Super 12 match

Rain washes out New Zealand-Afghanistan Super 12 match

For the second time in the week, a match was abandoned due to rain at the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. Earlier, South Africa and Zimbabwe had to settle for a point each. This time, New Zealand and Afghanistan did not bowl a ball at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Rain forced the abandonment of the Group 1 match in Super 12, with points split between the two teams.

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Following their convincing 89-run win over hosts and defending champions Australia in their tournament opener at Sydney, New Zealand appeared to be favourites against Afghanistan, who had also gone down after a hard-fought match against England in Perth.

Rain didn’t let up, and after inspection at 8:20 pm local time, there were hopes of the match being played albeit with the number of overs reduced. But the covers were brought back on as the rains returned. Inspection was rescheduled to 9 pm but it rained again, forcing the organisers to officially abandon the match without a ball being bowled.

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New Zealand are on top of the group with three points due to a superior net run rate. Their next match is against Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground, while Afghanistan return to Melbourne to face Ireland, before the decisive Australia-England match.