New Zealand need to find bowling mojo against SL in crunch match amid rain threat
Bengaluru, Nov 8 (PTI) New Zealand’s campaign has hit a disheartening flatline after their early dominatio and the Kiwis will have to rediscover their bowling mojo for a World Cup reboot when they face knocked-out Sri Lanka here on Thursday. Ahead of their last league match which is under rain threat, New Zealand are hobbling on eight points, aware of the fact that a defeat or a washout can throw them out of the tournament. They are now fourth on the table. Pakistan (+0.036) and Afghanistan (-0.338), who also have eight points apiece, can also potentially reach 10 points with a win over England and South Africa in their respective final league match.
In that context, the Kiwis (+0.398) have to win sufficiently big to take care of the Net Run Rate as well.
So, it is not an all too bright scenario for New Zealand, but a victory will at least keep them in the race to the semifinals for the time being.