New Zealand became the first team to qualify for the 2022 T20 World Cup semifinals when Australia ended its innings against Afghanistan on 168 for eight. Australia needed to beat Afghanistan by 185 runs to go past New Zealand’s Net Run Rate but didn’t have enough runs on board to win by that margin.
Australia needs to restrict Afghanistan to 106 or lower to keep its semifinals hopes alive.
New Zealand beat Ireland by 35 runs on Friday at the Adelaide Oval and stayed on top of the Group 1 points table with seven points from five matches. The Kiwis have a healthy Net Run Rate of +2.113 and are likely to advance to the semis as the top-ranked team. Only England, which plays Sri Lanka on Saturday and has a NRR of +0.547, has a chance of going past New Zealand’s NRR.
The Kane Williamson-led side began its campaign on a high, thrasing host Australia by 89 runs. It registered a 65-run win over Sri Lanka after its game against Afghanistan was washed out due to rain. Its 35-run win over Ireland on Friday was its third of the tournament.