Rain T20 World Cup Melbourne
Ground staff at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) pull the covers as rain delays the start of New Zealand vs Afghanistan T20 World Cup match on Wednesday (October 26). Photo: Twitter/ICC

T20 World Cup: New Zealand vs Afghanistan match abandoned due to rain

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The T20 World Cup match between New Zealand and Afghanistan was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to persistent rain in Melbourne on Wednesday (October 26).

The Group 1 Super 12 match was scheduled to start at 1.30 PM IST but rain forced the players to reman indoors.

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Both teams shared a point each as the rain refused to relent, forcing the umpires to call off the match.

The covers were removed ahead of the scheduled inspection, but the rain again came down heavily at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

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Earlier, in the rain-hit opening game of the day at the MCG, Ireland stunned England by five runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method following multiple interruptions.

For both New Zealand and Afghanistan, Wednesday’s game was their second outing in the Super 12 stage.

While New Zealand beat defending champions Australia by 89 runs in their opening match, Afghanistan lost by five wickets to England.

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