India, June 12 -- As things stand at this World Cup, the India-New Zealand fixture at Trent Bridge in Nottingham has shaped up as the contest to decide the only remaining unbeaten team of the tournament. But there's a great chance of both Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson escaping their first losses together, given that the forecast for Thursday is far from promising.

Since the Indian team arrived in the East Midlands on Monday, it has rained non-stop. That's not an exaggeration. England's Flood Forecasting Centre warned south-east England (which includes Nottingham) of a month's worth of rain over just Tuesday and Wednesday.

Today, the second of those days for which the warning of deluge was issued, the rain cleared up for a brief, hour-...