Date: November 09, 2023
By Hanna Rose
The New Zealand cricket team faced a setback in Bengaluru when they lost to Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, courtesy of the DLS method, despite putting up a formidable 400-plus total. Now, their upcoming match against Sri Lanka at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium might also be affected by continuous rain in the Karnataka capital over the past week.
The MET forecast for Thursday afternoon and evening doesn’t bode well for cricket enthusiasts. Predictions indicate a 90 percent chance of rain in Bengaluru around the afternoon toss, scheduled for 1:30 pm IST, when captains Kane Williamson and Kusal Mendis are set to make their decisions.
The maximum temperature is expected to reach 27 degrees, with a forecast of “a couple of showers and a thunderstorm” in the afternoon. Humidity will be around 76 percent, with 87 percent cloud cover over the city, and approximately 6.9mm of rain predicted.
In the evening, the chances of rain remain at 90 percent, with a predicted 4.1mm of rain for the second half of the match. Humidity is set to rise to 93 percent, with about 82 percent cloud cover.
Currently holding 8 points from 7 matches, New Zealand sits fourth on the Points Table after enduring four consecutive losses. A potential washout, resulting in 1 point each for Sri Lanka and New Zealand, could allow Pakistan and Afghanistan to surpass the Black Caps on the Points Table.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson acknowledged the uncontrollable nature of the weather, stating in a pre-match press conference, “Yeah, I mean there’s lots of things that we can’t control and the weather is one of those.” He emphasized the team’s focus on their cricket performance despite the looming weather uncertainty.
Bengaluru, known as a batsman’s haven, may influence the toss winner to opt for chasing, similar to Pakistan in the last match. Williamson commented on the pitch conditions, considering the weather’s impact, stating, “We’ll still have to very much see what the pitch is like. There’s been a lot of weather around, and it could look different tomorrow.” He emphasized the team’s adaptability to the conditions, whether adopting an aggressive approach or handling challenging situations with the bat and ball.
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