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New Zealand Becomes First Team To Qualify For T20 World Cup 2022 Semifinals

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The Kiwis have a healthy Net Run Rate of +2.113 and are likely to advance to the semis as the top-ranked team from Group 1. Only England, which plays Sri Lanka on Saturday and has a NRR of +0.547, has a slim chance of going past New Zealand’s NRR.\ New Zealand came the first platoon to qualify for the 2022 T20 World Cup semifinals when Australia ended its innings against Afghanistan on 168 for eight. Australia demanded to beat Afghanistan by 185 runs to go past New Zealand’s Net Run Rate( NRR) but did n’t have enough runs on the board to win by that periphery.

Australia needs to circumscribe Afghanistan to 106 or lower to go once England’s NRR. Indeed also, England could advance to the semis if it beats Sri Lanka on Saturday by a certain periphery. In case Australia wins on Friday but fails to circumscribe Afghanistan under 106, a straightforward palm for England against Sri Lanka will be enough to knock Australia out.

Sri Lanka, which has four points, will need Australia to lose to Afghanistan and will have to beat England in order to advance to the semifinals. However, Sri Lanka will be excluded from the event, If Australia wins on Friday.

New Zealand beat Ireland by 35 runs on Friday at the Adelaide Oval and stayed on top of the Group 1 points table with seven points from five matches. The Kiwis have a healthy NRR of2.113 and are likely to advance to the semis as the top- ranked platoon. Only England( five points), which plays Sri Lanka on Saturday and has a NRR of0.547, has a chance of going past New Zealand’s NRR.

The Kane Williamson- led side began its crusade on a high, thrasing host Australia by 89 runs. It registered a 65- run palm over Sri Lanka after its game against Afghanistan was washed out due to rain. Its 35- run palm over Ireland on Friday was its third of the event.

New Zealand had beaten England by five lattices in the semifinals of the T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE before losing to Australia by eight lattices in the final.

This is will be New Zealand’s fourth T20 World Cup semifinal appearance. The Kiwis were beaten by Pakistan in the semifinal of the initial edition in 2007 and had to stay for nine times before their coming last- four appearance in 2016, where it lost to England.

New Zealand will have its eyes on a semifinal spot when it takes on Ireland in a T20 World Cup Super 12 Group 1 match at the Adelaide Oval on Friday.

The Kiwis are on top of the points table in Group 1 with five points( two triumphs and one defeat) in four matches and a palm on Friday will see them confirm a semifinal spot. still, Kane Williamson’s men won’t take the Irish smoothly as they upset heavyweight England in the event before. A shock defeat could see New Zealand fighting for a semifinal situation with England and Australia( who also have five points) despite its healthy Net Run Rate.

Australia plays Afghanistan later on Friday at the same venue while England takes on Sri Lanka in Sydney on Saturday in the final league match of Group 1. Know More News…

New Zealand Playing XI: Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.

Ireland Playing XI: Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Lorcan Tucker (wk), Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Fionn Hand, Barry McCarthy, Joshua Little.

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