On November 9, Bengaluru will host a ‘do-or-die’ encounter between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. The Kiwis started the ICC World Cup 2023 with a 9-wicket triumph against defending champions England and seemed primed to dominate. They could be eliminated if they lose this cricket match. Pakistan and Afghanistan are challenging them for fourth with 8 points from 8 matches. Sri Lanka had a disappointing tournament this year. With only 2 wins in 8 matches, they are bottom of the points table with the Netherlands. They play for pride.
SL vs NZ | Who will win the match?
Sri Lanka and New Zealand have played 101 ODIs. The Black Caps have 51 wins and Sri Lanka 41. One draw and eight no-result matches occurred. New Zealand won the last ODI by 6 wickets in March 2023.
These two have played 11 World Cups. Sri Lanka has 6 wins to New Zealand’s 5. In 2019, the Kiwis won their last WC match by 10 wickets.
This happened in the last match here. After winning the toss, Pakistan asked New Zealand to bat. After the Kiwis scored 401/6, Fakhar Zaman (126 off 81 balls) and Babar Azam (66 off 63 balls) helped Pakistan post 200 in 25.3 overs. Pakistan won by 21 runs (DLS) after the rain stopped the play.
Bengaluru’s weather is the major issue for today’s match. According to Weather.com, storms are probable during the next four hours and rain is 96% likely. Rain chances decrease after 4 PM. The temperature will be 20–26 degrees with 90% humidity. New Zealand has a 77% chance of beating Sri Lanka, according to Google.