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India knocked out of T20 WC as Kiwis defeat Afghanistan by wickets

India is knocked out of the ongoing T20 World Cup as Afghanistan loses to New Zealand in their last fixture on Sunday in Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi: India is knocked out of the ongoing T20 World Cup as Afghanistan loses to New Zealand in their last fixture on Sunday in Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

With the win, the Kiwis have finalized their spot in the semifinals alongside Pakistan from Group 2. The semifinals will be held on November 10th and 11th between the top two teams of both Groups. England and Australia have qualified for semis from Group 1.

Afghanistan chose to bat first but couldn’t stand the attacking New Zealand bowlers as they lost three 3 wickets within the power play with just the gain on 23 runs. 

Afghanistan lost its opening wickets of Mohammad Shahzad on the 14th ball, a short one by Milne; Shahzad goes for a flashy cut and gets an underage that wicketkeeper Conway took. He fumbles in the first attempt but manages to grab it on the second attempt. 

Afghanistan made a total of 124 runs, out of which Najibullah Zadran garnered 73. Other than Gulbadin (15) and Nabi (14), no other batsmen could cross a single-digit score which hurt them in the end when their opponents chased the easy target with 11 balls to spare. It only took four of Kiwis batters to hit the required runs against Afghan bowlers. 

After conceding 45 runs in the powerplay, the Afghanistan bowlers tightened the screws in the middle overs. But they were defending a very modest score. 

Third time New Zealand has made it to the semifinals in T20 WCs following 2007 & 2016.

Most semifinal appearances in ICC events

16 Australia

15 India/ Pakistan

14 New Zealand

13 England

“Nice to tick off the performance here this afternoon. Now we move forward for the business end of the tournament. Boys are feeling good. There is a big difference between the day games and the night games. We have been playing good cricket. Hopefully we can keep it going. It’s just about adapting (to the toss), executing well and chasing it down properly was what we talked about, glad that we got the job done”, said Player of the Match Trent Boult

first published:Nov. 7, 2021, 6:41 p.m.

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