Although New Zealand finished with 10 points in the group stage after defeating Sri Lanka in Bengaluru on Thursday, they had to wait two days for their place in the semi-finals to be confirmed.
New Zealand will face India in the first semi-final in Mumbai on Wednesday, November 15. AP
New Zealand completed their ICC World Cup series campaign with a strong win against Sri Lanka on Thursday, but could only confirm their place in the semi-finals during the match between England and Pakistan in the second match of the header double Saturday.
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The Black Caps, who have reached the semi-finals five times in the last six World Cups including runners-up finishes in 2015 and 2019, ended the group stage with a total of 10 points after beating Sri Lanka by five wickets in Bengaluru on. Thursday.
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They also gave a big boost to their Net Run Rate by reaching the target of 171 set by the Lankans in just 23.2 overs, which saw Pakistan defeat England by almost impossible margins at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens. to raise them to the front.
England posted 337/9 after electing to bat thanks to half-centuries from the trio of Ben Stokes (84), Joe Root (60) and Jonny Bairstow (59), and Pakistan needed to chase down that target in 6.5 overs. if they were to pip the Kiwis to the semi-finals.
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They would collect 30 runs for the loss of two wickets at that stage of the innings, however, with David Willey – who is set to retire from international cricket after the match – dismissing openers Abdullah Shafique and Fakhar Zaman with for 0 and 1 respectively.
New Zealand will face India, the only team that has not lost a single match so far, in the first semi-final at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday, November 15. This will be the second consecutive World Cup semi-final meeting between the two sides; Kane Williamson’s Black Caps beat the Men in Blue by 18 runs in Manchester in 2019, with the semi-final played over two days due to rain.
South Africa and Australia face off in the other semi-final to be held at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata the following day. The two sides have met twice at this stage of the ICC exhibition event in the past — in 1999 and 2007 respectively.
The iconic 1999 Edgbaston semi-final ended in a thrilling tie, with Steve Waugh’s Australia progressing into the final. The Ricky Ponting-led Aussie would comprehensively crush the Proteas eight years later in Gros Islet with seven wickets after bowling out 149.
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