India continued to be on top cricket Globalism The Super Cup League (CWCSL) standings as hosts New Zealand moved up one place to third on Sunday after rain played spoiler and the second ODI of the three-match series between the two teams in Hamilton was canceled after a long delay.
The match began under gloomy skies and the threat of rain but remained away until the draw took place. Hosts New Zealand elected to tour first and India Match openers Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill started cautiously before rain disrupted the second half at 22/0 in the fifth over.
A long delay ensued with rain threatening to take hold at every inspection. Finally, the play resumed after nearly three and a half hours, reduced to 29-over-a-sides.
The long break led to the fall of Dhawan as Matt Henry cleared him on the second ball after the restart. Suryakumar Yadav joined Gill in the middle and together the pair began to accelerate as Gill approached his second half-century of the series. However, the rain came again, forcing the players off the field and refusing to back down and the match was finally called off
Dropping New Zealand and India would mean sharing five spots each in the men’s Cricket World Cup premier league standings.
India, who will automatically qualify for the 2023 Men’s Cricket World Cup, on account of being the tournament’s host nation, sits first with 134 points while New Zealand is now third in the standings with 125 points, just below England.
New Zealand would go on to lead the three-match series 1-0, and victory in their third and final ODI in Christchurch on November 30 would see them jump from third place to the top of the CWCSL table.
Notably, each team earns 10 points for a win, five points for a draw/no score/an abandoned match, and zero for a loss.
The top eight teams will get direct entry into the 2023 ICC Men’s World Cup. The remaining teams will have to play in the ICC Men’s World Cup Qualifiers with five affiliated teams. Two teams from the qualifying rounds then advance to the World Cup.