In Bengaluru, the pivotal Cricket World Cup match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka is under the shadow of impending rain, adding suspense to the race for the fourth semi-final spot. New Zealand, Pakistan, and Afghanistan are all tied with eight points, each with four wins and losses. With a superior net run rate of 0.398, New Zealand holds a favorable position. However, the weather forecast for Bengaluru on Thursday poses a challenge.
The temperature during the match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium is expected to be around 27ºC, but a significant threat of rain looms, particularly between 2pm and 6pm local time. Accuweather predicts thunderstorms at 1.30pm IST, coinciding with the game’s start, with a 66% chance of rain persisting until 7.30 pm.
This weather uncertainty echoes New Zealand’s recent experience in Bengaluru against Pakistan, where they scored 401 runs but lost by the DLS method due to rain.
For New Zealand to secure the semi-final berth, they must defeat Sri Lanka. If rain intervenes and the points are shared, it opens the door for Pakistan and Afghanistan to surpass New Zealand. In case of a rain-induced cancellation, New Zealand would rely on Pakistan losing to England on Saturday to stay in contention.
Despite Sri Lanka’s low standing in the group, a victory for them would keep their hopes alive for qualifying for the Champions Trophy in two years. The outcome of the match in Bengaluru carries significant implications for the unfolding drama in the Cricket World Cup.