Cassian Baliarsingh

With heavy rain lashing Bengaluru, there are high chances that the World Cup 2023 match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka will be rain-affected at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

It is expected that the rain will continue till 5PM and in the worst scenario, there could be a washout. A yellow alert has been forecasted accompanied by thunderstorms till November 10. The rain has been going on in the IT Hub for the last three to four days.

Although Chinnaswamy Stadium is equipped with one of the best drainage facilities and can be ready for action within half an hour of rainfall, it is raining relentlessly and there are no signs of stopping now.

What will happen if there is a washout? Will Pakistan qualify for the World Cup semifinals? Will there be a significant consequences in the World Cup points table? 

Well, these are the many questions that are cropping up in the mind of every cricket lovers today.

If New Zealand and the Sri Lanka match is a washout, both will share points. New Zealand will be stuck with 9 points while Sri Lanka will be at 5. It is very well known that Sri Lanka has no chance of making it to the Semifinals, but the washout would severely dent New Zealand’s chances of qualifying for the semifinals.

Even as the New Zealand team started off the World Cup tournament with four wins in a row, they later ended up losing as many after that. Now, they desperately need to win against Sri Lanka to reach 10 points and qualify as the fourth-ranked side.

However, the washout would provide a golden opportunity for Pakistan to sneak into the semi-finals. Currently, Pakistan have 8 points and are scheduled to clash with England on Sunday. If they beat England, who are already out of the tournament, they will qualify for the semifinals.