New Zealand is hoping to end its losing streak and advance to the semi-finals.

New Zealand is hoping to end its losing streak and advance to the semi-finals.

New Zealand will need to win again against Sri Lanka to keep their ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup campaign on track.

Date and location
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, Thursday, November 9
Glenn Maxwell’s masterclass against Afghanistan has kept New Zealand in fourth place in the Cricket World Cup standings, but the Black Caps will need to push on to have the best chance of reaching the event’s knockout stages.

With Pakistan and Afghanistan on their tails, only a convincing victory over Sri Lanka in Bengaluru will provide some respite for Kane Williamson and co. While a loss would not necessarily rule them out, it would leave their fate entirely dependent on other results going their way.

In what has been a whirlwind tournament, New Zealand won four straight games before falling to India. The team hasn’t won a game since and would like to break that streak against Sri Lanka.

The island nation’s sixth defeat of the tournament came by three wickets to Bangladesh, a disappointing turn of events for a team playing in conditions that favored their strengths.

While Sadeera Samarawickrama, Pathum Nissanka, and Dilshan Madushanka have excelled in their respective fields, many of the big names have not had the tournament they would have preferred.

With a strong performance in Bengaluru, the team can change that.

Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitch Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Will Young are the New Zealand squad.

Sri Lanka Squad: Kusal Mendis (c), Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Angelo Mathews, Dilshan Madushanka, Dushan Hemantha, Chamika Karunaratne.

New Zealand’s key players include Kane Williamson.

As expected, New Zealand’s star player returned to the lineup late in the tournament. Kane Williamson batted as if he hadn’t been away, smashing a confident 95 off 79 deliveries.

However, Fakhar Zaman’s stunning knock for Pakistan was insufficient.

Williamson will now have to deliver with the bat while also assisting his team in regrouping after their humiliating loss to Pakistan. Williamson has been the leader of this group for several years and is well aware of its strengths and weaknesses.

A mental shift is required, and Williamson is the man for the job.

Maheesh Theekshana of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka have had their moments with the new ball, led by the influential Dilshan Madushanka. Unfortunately, they have not been able to sustain this early pressure into the later stages of the game.

Their leading spinner, Maheesh Theekshana (five wickets at an average of 67.8), has had a mixed bag of results.

However, Theekshana’s career statistics and recent performances in tournaments such as the Asia Cup show that the spinner has more to his arsenal than what has been seen in the ongoing World Cup.

If he can strike at the right times for the island nation, his team will undoubtedly have a greater say in the game.

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