Abu Dhabi: In the key game of the ICC T20 World Cup, New Zealand defeated Afghanistan with eight wickets, knocked out India from the semifinals, and secured its place in the semifinals on Sunday.
New Zealand easily defeated Afghanistan 8 times to enter the 2020 World Cup semi-finals. This result eliminated star-studded India from the tournament.
Chasing a moderate 125, Captain Kane Williamson (40) and Devon Conway (36) took the team home with an unbeaten record of 68, leading Abu Dhabi with an 18.1 score.
The New Zealanders joined Pakistan as two teams in the semifinals of Group 2, which put India in a deadlock in the final game against Namibia on Monday.
England and Australia have entered the semifinals from the first group.
The semi-final match will be decided after Pakistan faces Scotland in the second match of the day.
“It was a strong performance,” said Williamson.
“We know how dangerous this Afghanistan side is. It was good for us to be able to set the tone with the ball, take wickets early and then keep them to below-par total. 150-155 would have been par.”
Unless unbeaten Pakistan suffer a shock defeat to Scotland in Sharjah later Sunday, the Kiwis will face England in the semi-finals.
Pakistan would take on Australia in the other semi-final.
“There’s another strong challenge coming up. England are a very strong side,” said Williamson.
“For us it is important we keep learning and building.”
Afghanistan skipper Mohammad Nabi admitted making only 124 was never likely to be enough.