New Zealand beat Afghanistan to enter semis; India knocked out | Sri Lanka News


India went out of the semi-final race of the T20 World Cup after New Zealand defeated Afghanistan by eight wickets to grab the last remaining qualifying spot from Group 2 of the Super 12 stage in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

The other team to qualify from the group earlier are Pakistan, who won four games on the trot to take the top spot in the group and has a game left to play against Scotland on Monday.

India, on the other hand, have a match left as well against Namibia but will be inconsequential as they are third in the table and out of the semis race as losing the first two matches in the group — to Pakistan and New Zealand respectively — came back to haunt them.

In Sunday's crucial game, New Zealand pacer restricted Afghanistan at 124/8 runs with Trent Boult (3/17) and Tim Southee doing the bulk of damages. Chasing the paltry total, skipper Kane Williamson and Devon Conway got the Kiwis home after Martin Guptill (28 off 23) and Daryl Mitchell (17 off 12) provided a quick start. New Zealand took just 18.1 overs to chase down the total as Williamson and Conway added 68 runs for the third wicket.

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