New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Live Score Updates: NZ vs SL match likely to be affected by heavy rain

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Live Score Updates: The NZ vs SL match is ‘do-or-die’ for the Black Caps. 

New Zealand face Sri Lanka in a critical match in Bengaluru on November 9. The Kiwis kicked off the ICC World Cup 2023 with a resounding victory over England, winning by 9 wickets. However, they now risk elimination unless they secure a win in this game. With 8 points from 8 games, they are in a precarious position. They are closely challenged by Pakistan and Afghanistan for the coveted fourth spot.

Sri Lanka, meanwhile, haven’t had much to celebrate this tournament, with only 2 victories from 8 games. They find themselves at the lower end of the points table, level with the Netherlands. For them, this match is about salvaging pride.

Looking at past encounters, New Zealand and Sri Lanka have met 101 times in ODIs. New Zealand lead with 51 wins to Sri Lanka’s 41 while 8 games have been inconclusive, and one ended in a tie. Their most recent match in March 2023 saw New Zealand triumph by 6 wickets.

09 Nov 2023, 10:31:14 AM IST

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Live: Weather concerns

Today’s match in Bengaluru is under threat due to the weather forecast. There’s a high likelihood of storms for the next several hours, and predicts a 96% chance of rain shortly. However, the probability of rain should decrease after 4 PM. The humidity is expected to stand at 90%, with temperatures ranging from 20 to 26 degrees.

09 Nov 2023, 10:31:14 AM IST

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Live: Kiwis played their last match here

Pakistan chose to field after winning the toss, sending New Zealand in to bat. New Zealand racked up a hefty 401 for 6 wickets. Fakhar Zaman then hit a rapid 126 from 81 deliveries, with Babar Azam contributing 66 from 63. Pakistan reached 200 in just 25.3 overs. Rain interrupted the game, and Pakistan was declared the winner by 21 runs, according to the Duckworth-Lewis method.

09 Nov 2023, 10:31:14 AM IST

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Live: Pitch report

The Bengaluru Chinnaswamy Stadium, known for its short boundaries, favours high scores. Usually, the winning toss captains opt to field. This pattern continued in the previous game between Pakistan and New Zealand as well. 

09 Nov 2023, 10:31:15 AM IST

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Live: World Cup head-to-head records

There have been 11 World Cup matches between these two. Sri Lanka have a slightly better record with 6 wins while New Zealand have won 5 times. In 2019, during their last WC encounter, the Kiwis won by 10 wickets.

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