New Zealand suffered their third consecutive defeat in the World Cup, this time against South Africa. The team is also facing a growing injury problem which could affect their chances of reaching the semi-finals. Matt Henry, a pace bowler, injured his right hamstring in the match against South Africa and is unlikely to play in the upcoming game against Pakistan. Kyle Jamieson has been called up as a replacement for Henry. Jimmy Neesham also sustained a bruised right wrist but may have to play due to other injured players, Mark Chapman and Kane Williamson. Lockie Ferguson is nursing a right Achilles injury but should be available for the Pakistan match. Despite the setbacks, the team remains close-knit and confident. The defeat has affected their run-rate, and another loss against Pakistan could see them drop out of the top four. Captain Tom Latham surprised everyone by electing to field against South Africa, who generally struggle to chase down totals. New Zealand is determined to perform well in their last two matches against Pakistan and Sri Lanka and believes their fate is still in their hands.
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