New Zealand strengthens semi-final claim with victory over Sri Lanka
The road to the semi-finals of Australia and England looks difficult.
New Delhi. In the ICC T20 World Cup, disturbances and rain have spoiled the equation of the semi-finals. In the Group 1 match on Saturday, New Zealand’s team made their last four claim even stronger with a big win over Sri Lanka. Batting first, the team scored 167 runs for 7 wickets on the basis of Glenn Phillips’s century. In response, Sri Lanka’s team got piled up on just 102 runs in front of Trent Bold’s lethal bowling. With a massive 65-run victory, New Zealand took another strong step towards the semi-finals.
At present, most teams are troubled due to rain in Group 1. Except Sri Lanka, the match of all 5 teams has been ruined due to rain. Big teams like New Zealand, Australia and England have been forced to share points. Now due to the cancellation of the match between these teams, the picture of the semi-finals is not clear. All the teams have played 3-3 matches but till now nothing can be said about anyone.
New Zealand’s claim strong
New Zealand, who beat hosts Australia by 89 runs in the first match, registered a massive 65-run victory against Sri Lanka on Saturday. The team has 5 points after the match against Afghanistan was canceled due to rain. His net run rate is much better than all the other teams. The team is yet to play against Ireland and England. As the team’s form is going on, reaching the last four is almost certain.
Difficult for Australia and England
After losing 1 match in Super 12, one match of the team got washed out due to rain while in 1 match both the teams have won. England and Australia now have two more matches left in which the team needs to win at any cost. Australia’s team will play against Ireland and Afghanistan while England have to play against Sri Lanka and New Zealand. If the England team loses the match against New Zealand, then its game will be over but if it wins, then the decision to go ahead will be decided on the basis of net run rate.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : October 29, 2022, 18:09 IST