New Zealand qualify for Cricket World Cup semi-finals

Oscar Cross
July 6, 2019

New Zealand have 11 points after a fast start when they beat Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan before a washout with India.

Australia, India, England and New Zealand have now qualified for the semi-finals from the 10-team group phase of the tournament.

The Cricket World Cup is yet to see the best of the Black Caps, says captain Kane Williamson, who is likely to scrape into the tournament semi-finals off the back of three straight losses. He's a fine player, he's scored many centuries for New Zealand, and I'm sure he's got another one just around the corner for us as well.

The team that is ranked first in the points table will face the fourth-placed team, while the second-ranked team will face the third-placed team.

A collective team performance was the key to winning a semifinal because cricket can be a harsh game where not everybody will succeed on any given day, Stead said.

"The guys are buzzing, laughing, smiling at how ridiculous some of the shots the two guys are playing, good balls being hit for four or six, how hard they are to bowl at".

All will depend upon India vs Sri Lanka and Australia vs South Africa matches on July 6.

"It brings excitement. The guys are buzzing laughing and smiling at how ridiculous some of the shots they are able to play, good balls being hit for four or six and seeing how hard they are to bowl at".

The Alternative Commentary Collective are podcasting their way through the World Cup. "They didn't play quality cricket", said Akhtar. He said although there were some positives from the tournament, but talking about them didn't make any sense now because the eventual results went against them. So, for Pakistan dream of qualifying for semi-final is nearly over.

Pakistan - having played one game less than New Zealand - are the next-worst, having produced 378 runs from their openers, while at the other end of the scale, Australia's opening pair of Aaron Finch and David Warner have compiled 1020 runs between them.

The wicket-keeper batsman, however, added that his side will go all-out against Bangladesh at Lord's on Friday to end the campaign on a high note.

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