Cricket-New Zealand reach World Cup semi-finals, Australia win and wait

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New Zealand became the first team to reach the Twenty20 World Cup semi-finals with a win over Ireland on Friday, but Australia are waiting to see if they stay in the tournament despite a nervy win over Australia. Afghanistan.

Half a century of Kane Williamson and a spin-bowling onslaught propelled the Black Caps to a 35-point win at the Adelaide Ring that sealed a top-two spot in Group 1 and a place in the last four. Glenn Maxwell scored half a century unbeaten and spinner Adam Zampa won a crucial 2-22 as defending champions Australia later joined New Zealand on seven points after a win by just four points on the Afghans in the same place.

That was not enough, however, to raise their net run rate above that of England, who only need to beat Sri Lanka in their final Super 12 game in Sydney on Saturday to take the lead. another place in the semi-finals of the group. “Afghanistan played very well, but luckily we were able to hold them off,” Maxwell said.

“We put ourselves in this situation, but hopefully the Sri Lankans can do the job for us.” At one point in Afghanistan’s response to Australia’s 168-8, it looked like the home side wouldn’t even get the win they needed to keep their tournament alive.

Three wickets in Zampa’s fourth – the first a miss from a direct hit by Maxwell – broke a 59-run position between Gulbadin Naib (39) and Ibrahim Zadran (26) and took the Afghans past a comfortable 99 -2 at 99- 5. Rashid Khan restarted innings with four sixes in a 48 bout to keep his team in pursuit but narrowly missed the final and Afghanistan finished 164-7 to go without victory in the tournament.

Australia had previously gone out at bat with great intentions, a very different team and a substitute captain in Matt Wade after Aaron Finch and Tim David were ruled out by hamstring strains. Cameron Green and Steve Smith came in from the side but neither stayed in the crease for long and it was left to David Warner (25), Mitchell Marsh (45) and Maxwell (54) to try and get the big ones races that Australia needed.

Earlier, the New Zealand batsmen posted an imposing 185 for six after Ireland opted to play before the Black Caps bowlers restricted the Irish to 150 for nine. Ireland pull out of the World Cup but return home with pride after a solid tournament capped by a sparkling hat-trick from pacemaker Josh Little.

Left hander Little caught captain Williamson for 61 then trapped James Neesham and Mitchell Santner lbw for no score in the 19th to conjure up Ireland’s second hat-trick in the T20 internationals. However, the damage had already been done by Williamson and middle-order batsman Daryl Mitchell (31 not out).

Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie gave Ireland a fighting chance, but left-arm spinner Santner broke the 68-point partnership when he had Balbirnie cut on his stumps. “It’s good because we have a few days now and the guys can just relax,” Williamson said. “Tomorrow watch what happens in other games and see how it goes.”

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