New Zealand is the team that gave the biggest hope at the beginning of the World Cup. After winning the first four matches, the team did not win a single game after losing to India. New Zealand is fourth with 8 points with 4 wins and 4 losses.
A win against Sri Lanka is essential for them in today’s match at Bengaluru’s Chinnaswamy Stadium. Pakistan and Afghanistan will challenge New Zealand with potential semis. They also have 8 points. New Zealand is leading in run average.
At Bengaluru’s Chinnaswamy Stadium, New Zealand will be more challenged than Sri Lanka by the weather. Earlier, Kiwis faced Pakistan in the same stadium. Even after scoring 400 runs, they could not win that match. As the game could not be completed due to rain, Pakistan won according to the Duckworth-Lewis rule.
Even when the game against Sri Lanka is about to take place, rain is a challenge. It is reported that there is a chance of rain in the evening. If the game has to be abandoned due to rain, it will be a big blow for the Kiwis. In that case only if Pakistan and Afghanistan lose then they have hope.
In the final group match, Afghanistan will face South Africa and Pakistan will face England. With the current form, Pakistan will be hopeful of winning against England. Afghanistan, which shook Australia, will also be a challenge for South Africa. So Kiwis can reach the semi-finals only if they beat Sri Lanka with a better run average.
The semi-finals will be between the first and fourth places and between the second and third places in the points table. If they win, the semi-final will be played between India and New Zealand. South Africa – Australia semi match is already confirmed.
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