Kane Williamson, the Kiwis’ skipper, expressed concern about the rain, which threatens their semi-final place, stating there are many things they cannot control, including the weather. Rain has been anticipated for New Zealand’s final World Cup group stage match against Sri Lanka on Thursday in Chennai.
SL vs NZ: Bengaluru weather concerns Kane Williamson
New Zealand is the last semi-finalist, but only because it has a higher net run rate than Pakistan and Afghanistan, who are all tied on eight points after eight games. “We’ll have to wait and see how the pitch goes.” There has been a lot of weather, and it could look different tomorrow,” Williamson added. “There are many things over which we have no control, and one of them is the weather.”
You may have an idea, but at the end of the day, our attention will be on the cricket that we want to play.” New Zealand, the 2019 World Cup finalists, won their first four matches in India before losing the next four. “There were also some really close games and ones that we lost,” Williamson explained.
“If we look at the overall picture of cricket, I believe there has been a lot of good cricket.” “The beauty of this type of layout is that you do play everybody, you are challenged by everybody in different ways, so the focus is much more about your own cricket and how you look to try and handle that.”
Similarly, New Zealand struggled to make the semi-finals in 2019, but recovered to reach the final. “I suppose guys have had some of those experiences, but it’s another game on another day and four years later,” Williamson was quoted as saying. “So, the focus is here and now and on the conditions, and how we want to adjust.” Williamson noted that pacer Lockie Ferguson’s return from a two-match injury absence will be contingent on pitch conditions.