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India next lock horns with arch-nemesis Pakistan in the marquee clash at Old Trafford in Manchester on June 16 (Sunday). @ AFP

The ICC World Cup 2019 points table is slowly beginning to take shape as we reach the halfway mark of the global showpiece event. Rain and the fickle English weather has become the burning topic of the tournament with Thursday’s match between India and New Zealand becoming the fourth washed out match in the tournament, the most in any edition of the World Cup so far.

Even with one point from the washed out match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, New Zealand continue to lead the table having won all their four matches. India are at the third spot with five points from three games, while defending champions Australia are at No. 2 with six points from four matches. They lost one match against India at The Oval in London courtesy a scintillating century by Shikhar Dhawan, who batted through the pain on his left thumb.

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Afghanistan occupy the bottom place of the ten-team group still having to open their account after three matches. South Africa, who too are yet to win a match after playing four games so far, sit a rung above Afghanistan after gaining a point from the abandoned match against West Indies at Southampton on June 10. (ALSO READ: ‘Shikhar Dhawan will be in a plaster for a couple of weeks’)

Hosts England, who will up against West Indies on June 14 at The Rose Bowl, are just below India with four points from three matches. The only match they lost was the surprise defeat against Pakistan on June 3 at Nottingham. (FULL POINTS TABLE)

Meanwhile, India lock horns with arch-nemesis Pakistan in the marquee clash at Old Trafford in Manchester on June 16 (Sunday). (ALSO READ: Adam Zampa not only one who uses hand-warmers, Indian fielders also do)

Each team will play each other once, a total of nine games. The top four will qualify for the semi-finals after the conclusion of the group stage on July 6. Teams on the same point total will be split by their net run rate (NRR).