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'Rain has helped Pakistan earlier,' Irfan alerts NZ ahead of Sri Lanka clash

Pakistan (+0.036) and Afghanistan (-0.338) have the chance to reach 10 points if they win against England and South Africa in their last league match

'Rain has helped Pakistan earlier,' Irfan alerts NZ ahead of Sri Lanka clash PHOTO: AFP

Former India cricketer, Irfan Pathan, has suggested that bad weather conditions could play a crucial role in the ongoing clash between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in the 2023 World Cup. 

In a recent interview with Star Sports,Pathan emphasized that rain had previously favored Pakistan in a pivotal game, allowing them to be among the favorite teams to secure a spot in the semi-final round of the aforementioned tournament.

He also mentioned that New Zealand had a higher chance of winning, but the rain could be a factor. 

“New Zealand has a higher percentage chance of winning, it is more than 50 per cent. The only problem is the rain. Rain has helped Pakistan earlier. We will have to see if the Bangalore rain helps them again,” Pathan said.

The former all-rounder also emphasized the importance of the toss, as chasing is better on this pitch. 

“I feel the toss will also be extremely important for New Zealand because chasing is always better on this pitch. There are a lot of factors. However, I will still say that despite all the difficulties, New Zealand will be the fourth team,” he concluded.

Currently, New Zealand holds the fourth position in the table. With eight points each, Pakistan (+0.036) and Afghanistan (-0.338) have the chance to reach 10 points if they win against England and South Africa in their last league match. 

In this scenario, the New Zealand team (+0.398) must secure a significant victory to ensure a favorable Net Run Rate.