Blow to Pakistan’s World Cup hopes as New Zealand thrash Sri Lanka

09:49 AM | 9 Nov, 2023
Blow to Pakistan’s World Cup hopes as New Zealand thrash Sri Lanka
Source: ICC

BENGALURU – New Zealand on Thursday pulled out a crucial win over Sri Lanka, strengthening their hopes to qualify for the semi-final round of the World Cup 2023.

The Blackcaps thrashed the Lankan by five wickets as they surpassed the 172-run target in 23.2 overs at Bengaluru stadium, a win that has improved their run rate and served blow to Pakistan’s hopes for the semis. 

Devon Conway (45) and Rachin Ravindra (42) took a strong opening start with their fiery knocks, boosting the chase in first powerplay. After their dismissal, Daryl Mitchell played a knock of 43 taking his side close to the victory, which was ensured by Glenn Phillips.

Pakistan are now required to beat England by over 250 runs margin to qualify for the semi-final round.

Earlier, a stunning bowling spell from New Zealand devasted Sri Lanka’s batting line-up as they could post an easy target of 172 runs.

Kusal Perera amassed fastest fifty of the World Cup 2023 to help his side to take a strong start but he could not get much support from teammates as the Lankans lost wickets in quick sessions. 

Maheesh Theekshana from the tail order tried to put scores on the board but his last wicket partnership came to an end with Dilshan Madushanka’s dismissal. 

Trent Boult claimed a three-wicket haul while Lockie Ferguson, Mitch Santner and Rachin Ravindra took two wickets each. 

Earlier, Sri Lanka won the toss and opt to bat first.

New Zealand will need to get back to winning ways against Sri Lanka in order to keep their World Cup campaign on track.

Glenn Maxwell’s record-breaking against Afghanistan has ensured that New Zealand stay in the No 4 spot in the Cricket World Cup standings, but the Black Caps will need to push on to give themselves the best possible chance at making the knockout stages of the event.

With Pakistan and Afghanistan breathing down their necks, only an emphatic victory against Sri Lanka in Bengaluru can give some relief to New Zealand. Kane Williamson. & Co. While a loss wouldn’t rule them out yet, the Kiwis would then leave their fate solely to other results going their way.

A three-wicket loss to Bangladesh was the island nation’s sixth defeat for the tournament, a disappointing turn of events for a side playing in conditions that favour their strengths.

While the likes of Sadeera Samarawickrama, Pathum Nissanka, and Dilshan Madushanka have shined in their departments.


New Zealand: 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.

Sri Lanka: 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.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 2 March 2024

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against USD and other currencies in the open market on March 2, 2024 (Saturday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 2, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 27.13 27.43
Swedish Korona SEK 314.07 316.57
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89


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