New Zealand Set for World Cup in Semifinals

New Zealand in World Cup Semifinals

New Zealand all but booked their place in the World Cup semi-final against India with a dominant five-wicket win – with 160 balls to spare – against Sri Lanka in Bengaluru. The result took them to ten points, and a net run rate (NRR) of 0.743, leaving Pakistan needing to beat England by 287 runs, while Afghanistan needed an even more fantastical 438-run win over South Africa if they were to surpass New Zealand’s NRR.

As for Sri Lanka, the margin of defeat against New Zealand left them languishing in ninth place, thus out of qualification for the 2025 Champions Trophy. They now need one of England or Bangladesh to suffer defeats – while the Netherlands also needs to lose to India – to the extent that their respective NRRs drop below Sri Lanka’s.

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