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New Zealand became the first team to qualify for the T20 World Cup 2022 semi-finals after defeating Ireland in a Super 12 match at the Adelaide Oval on Friday. Ireland was defeated by New Zealand by a score of 35 runs. With seven points from five games, the Blackcaps needed this win to secure their playoff spot. Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain, rose to the occasion with a brilliant 61 off 35 balls. In the Super 12 stage, the Williamson-led team has only lost one game. England defeated them by 20 runs at Brisbanes Gabba. NZ has consistently played well, which is why they are in the semi-finals ahead of the other teams.
After it became clear that Australia would not be able to overtake their NRR, New Zealand became the first team to qualify for the T20 World Cup 2022 semi-finals.
Australia needed to beat Afghanistan by 185 runs to surpass the Blackcaps NRR, but after only setting Afghanistan a target of 169, the best the hosts can do is finish on +1.877.
New Zealand Playing Xi: Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Ireland Playing Xi: Paul Stirling, Andrew Balbirnie (c), Lorcan Tucker (wk), Harry Tector, Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Barry McCarthy, Fionn Hand, Joshua Little
Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson (61 off 35) top-scored for his side - before he became the first of Littles victims as the left-arm quick bagged a superb 19th-over hat-trick.
Despite Littles heroics with the ball, Ireland struggled to mix it with their more fancied opponents for much of the game, as New Zealand maintained their lead in Group A with their third win of the tournament.
They will be encouraged by Williamsons return to form, which included a 35-ball 61 as the Black Caps posted an impressive total of 185/6 after being sent in by Ireland skipper Andy Balbirnie.
The New Zealand captain was well supported by openers Finn Allen (32) and Devon Conway (28), while Daryl Mitchell (31) chipped in late in the innings with some lofty blows to ensure the score was more than enough.
|1||New Zealand - Q||5||3||1||0||2.113||7|
|2||England - Q||5||3||1||0||0.473||7|
|3||Australia - E||5||3||1||0||-0.173||7|
|4||Sri Lanka - E||5||2||3||0||-0.422||4|
|5||Ireland - E||5||1||3||0||1.615||3|
|6||Afghanistan - E||5||0||3||0||-0.571||2|
|1||India - Q||5||4||1||0||1.322||8|
|2||Pakistan - Q||5||3||2||0||1.012||6|
|3||South Africa - E||5||2||2||0||0.864||5|
|4||Netherlands - E||5||2||3||0||-0.849||4|
|5||Bangladesh - E||5||2||3||0||-1.191||4|
|6||Zimbabwe - E||5||1||3||0||-1.138||3|
|2||United Arab Emirates||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Recent Forms: W = Won, L = Lost, T = Tie, D = Draw, NR = No Result|
|No.||Day||Date||Time||Home Team||Away Team||Venu||Result|
|4||MON||17-Oct-2022||01:30 PM||Zimbabwe||Ireland||Bellerive Oval||Zimbabwe won by 31 runs|
|7||WED||19-Oct-2022||09:30 AM||Scotland||Ireland||Bellerive Oval||Ireland won by 6 wkts|
|11||FRI||21-Oct-2022||09:30 AM||West Indies||Ireland||Bellerive Oval||Ireland won by 9 wkts|
|13||SAT||22-Oct-2022||09:30 AM||New Zealand||Australia||Sydney Cricket Ground||New Zealand won by 89 runs|
|15||SUN||23-Oct-2022||09:30 AM||Sri Lanka||Ireland||Bellerive Oval||Sri Lanka won by 9 wkts|
|20||WED||26-Oct-2022||09:30 AM||England||Ireland||Melbourne Cricket Ground||Ireland won by 5 runs (DLS method - due to rain)|
|21||WED||26-Oct-2022||01:30 AM||New Zealand||Afghanistan||Melbourne Cricket Ground||Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain (no toss)|
|25||FRI||28-Oct-2022||09:30 AM||Afghanistan||Ireland||Melbourne Cricket Ground||Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain|
|27||SAT||29-Oct-2022||01:30 PM||New Zealand||Sri Lanka||Sydney Cricket Ground||New Zealand won by 65 runs|
|31||MON||31-Oct-2022||01:30 PM||Australia||Ireland||The Gabba||Australia won by 42 runs|
|33||TUE||01-Nov-2022||01:30 PM||England||New Zealand||The Gabba||England won by 20 runs|
|37||FRI||04-Nov-2022||09:30 AM||New Zealand||Ireland||Sylhet International Cricket Stadium||New Zealand won by 35 runs|
|43||WED||09-Nov-2022||01:30 PM||New Zealand||Pakistan||Sydney Cricket Ground||Pakistan won by 7 wkts|