New Zealand became the first side to qualify for the T20 World Cup 2022 semi-finals after defeating Ireland in a Super 12 match at the Adelaide Oval on Friday. Ireland was defeated by New Zealand by a score of 35 runs. With seven points from five games, New Zealand needed this win to secure their playoff berth.
Kane Williamson Leading From the Front
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Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain, responded to the situation with a magnificent 61 off 35 balls. In the Super 12 stage, the Williamson-led team has only lost one game. England defeated them by 20 runs in Brisbane’s Gabba. NZ has continuously performed well, which is why they are in the semi-finals ahead of the other teams.
England and Australia are tied for second place with five points each. One of the two teams will advance. As a result, it is critical that both teams win their last game. It appears that it will eventually come down to the net run rate (NRR).
NRR is now important to Qualify for Semi Finals
In the other group, India is now in first place, with South Africa in second place. The Rohit Sharma-led team plays their final Super 12 game against Zimbabwe, and a win would guarantee India a place in the semi-finals. Only if India loses will things change and Pakistan will be back in the running for a berth.
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With five points apiece, England and Australia are tied for second place. One of the two groups will advance. As a result, it is critical that both teams win their last game. It appears that it will all come down to the net run rate (NRR).
In the other group, India presently leads, with South Africa in second place. The Rohit Sharma-led team faces Zimbabwe in their last Super 12 game, and a win will guarantee India a place in the semi-finals. Only if India loses does the door open for Pakistan to reclaim a berth.