In the 41st match of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023, New Zealand will take on Sri Lanka at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The game is very crucial for the tournament as it will potentially decide the fourth and final semifinalists of the league. With India, South Africa, and Australia qualified for the second stage, New Zealand will need to win their game to stay in the race.
With three teams—India, South Africa, and Australia—securing three of the four berths in the semifinals, the battle for the remaining spot is heating up with three teams in the running. New Zealand (8 points, +.398), Pakistan (8,+.036), and Afghanistan (8,-.338) each have one match remaining. New Zealand is set to face Sri Lanka at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday.
A victory would bolster their chances of reaching the semi-finals, as they have the best NRR. But Kane Williamson and his team will be keeping an eye on the weather, as evening showers are anticipated on match day. Rain has already disrupted New Zealand's campaign, as they lost to Pakistan via DLS despite scoring over 400 at the same venue last Saturday.
The Metrological Department predicts moderate rain
The MET forecast for Thursday afternoon and evening does not bode well for cricket enthusiasts at present. According to the weather prediction, there is a 90 per cent chance of rain in Bengaluru around the afternoon, precisely when captains Kane Williamson and Kusal Mendis are set to head out for the toss at 1:30 pm IST.
The maximum temperature is expected to reach around 27 degrees, with the forecast indicating a couple of showers and a thunderstorm during the afternoon. The city will experience approximately 76 per cent humidity, along with 87 per cent cloud cover. About 6.9mm of rain is anticipated for Thursday afternoon.
The outlook for the evening is similarly grim, with a 90 per cent likelihood of rain and 4.1mm of precipitation predicted for the latter half of the match. Humidity is set to rise to 93 per cent, with around 82 per cent cloud cover in Bengaluru.