Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain, expressed his concern about the approaching rain which could cost them a place in the semi-finals. He stated that they have little control over the weather and there can be no guarantees that the game won’t be affected. He acknowledged that the team was aware that anything could happen by the time of the crucial match against Sri Lanka on Thursday. Williamson asserted that the playing conditions could have changed due to the amount of precipitation in the area, yet their focus will remain on playing the game they intend to.
Although New Zealand lost four matches following the first four wins in India, Williamson believes they displayed great cricket. He mentioned that the structure of the competition allows for everybody to be challenged in different ways and that the focus should be on their own performance. Additionally, he recalled the semifinal in 2019 and said this game will be played on a different day and four years later, and the focus must be on the conditions they are facing now. Additionally, Lockie Ferguson’s return will solely depend on the pitch conditions.