Will the rain disrupt England’s must-win T20 WC game against Sri Lanka at the SCG?

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England will face Sri Lanka in a T20 World Cup match at Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.

Photo: AP

HIGHLIGHTS

  • England will face Sri Lanka in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup match on Saturday.
  • The Group 1 match will take place at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
  • For England, it’s a game to win if they want to reach the semi-finals.
With five points from four Group 1 matches played so far in the Super 12 stage, England currently sit in third place. But they will confirm their participation in the semi-finals of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup if they manage to secure a victory against Sri Lanka in Sydney on Saturday November 5. Since the 2010 winners’ net run rate is higher than defending champions Australia, they won’t have to worry about any margin of victory, and one straight triumph will be enough for them to secure a spot in the knockout stage.

But if they fail to get the full two points, then they will have to pack their bags and book a return ticket. In such a scenario, they will not be able to match Australia’s total of seven points. A loss to Dasun Shanka & Co. will keep England on five points, while if the match ends in a rain-scorched match they will have six points. And both will not be enough.

So for them the only way forward from here is to win the contest. So far in this year’s T20 World Cup, at least half a dozen matches have been hampered by rain and three have been completely washed out. The last game played here at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday November 3 between Pakistan and South Africa was also hampered by rain but was not washed away.

England will be hoping a full game over 40 is possible today as their hopes hinge on the outcome of that game. According to Accuweather, there is a zero per cent chance of rain in the New South Wales state capital, which will also host the first semi-final on Wednesday (November 9).

Sydney Weather Forecast November 5th
Sydney weather forecast for Saturday 5th November. Photo credit: Accuweather
New Zealand have already qualified for the semi-finals of Group 1 and should also finish number one in the points table, unless England can beat Sri Lanka by a wide margin, which will help them. not just to secure a place in the semi-finals. but also better the Kiwis in terms of net run rate. At present, New Zealand’s net run rate is +2.113, while England’s is +0.547.
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