New Zealand advances to T20 World Cup semi-finals at expense of India



New Zealand has become the fourth and final team to qualify for the semi-finals of the men’s T20 World Cup after a comprehensive eight-wicket victory against Afghanistan in its final Group II match on Sunday.

Najibullah Zadran smashed a career-best 73 to rescue Afghanistan from a top-order collapse as New Zealand’s fast bowlers struck early at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Afghanistan was 3-19 in the sixth over before Najibullah struck three sixes and six fours in his 48-ball innings to take his team to 8-124.

With captain Kane Williamson scoring a controlled 40 not out in 42 balls, New Zealand romped home in 18.1 overs.

Wicketkeeper Devon Conway shared an unbroken 68-run partnership with Williamson for the third wicket, scoring 36 not out from 32 balls.

Star spinner Rashid Khan was the pick of the Afghanistan bowlers with 1-27 from his four overs. 

The Black Caps became the second team from Group II, behind Pakistan, to make the semis.

The result eliminates India, which finishes its group campaign against Namibia on Monday.

England and Australia had earlier made the last four from Group I. 

Reuters/ABC



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