T20 World Cup, Highway to Semis (Group 1): How New Zealand and England reached the knockout stage | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: ‘Net Run Rate (NRR)’ and ‘No Result’ have been the buzzwords in Group 1 of the Super 12 stage of the continued T20 World Cup in Australia. New Zealand and England lastly made it into the last-four stage for having higher NNR than defending champions and hosts Australia, in any case three ended with 7 factors from 5 video games.
New Zealand, on 5 factors, have been in slight management of the race after remaining unbeaten within the first three video games, regardless of a rain washout being one of many outcomes. England have been in a spot of hassle after managing simply 3 factors from the primary three video games, which included an upset loss to Ireland. Australia additionally remained within the combine regardless of beginning the title defence with a 89-run thrashing from the Kiwis within the first sport.
In the tip, the semis spots have been determined after the ultimate spherical of group matches. New Zealand registered a giant win towards Ireland within the final sport to safe the highest spot with 7 factors. And England booked the second spot within the semis for the group with a victory over Sri Lanka within the group’s last sport. Here’s how the 2 groups’ journeys transpired Down Under:
New Zealand’s highway to semis


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Game 1: Oct 22 — New Zealand vs Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
New Zealand began their marketing campaign with a excessive, registering a commanding 89-run win over the hosts and defending champions Australia. The defeat grew to become detrimental for the Aussies as they failed to succeed in the semis in the long run. Riding on Man-of-the-Match Devon Conway’s 92 not out, off 58 balls, the Kiwis posted 200/3 after being despatched in to bat first. New Zealand then bowled out Australia for 111 in 17.1 overs to shock the house crowd in Sydney.
Result: New Zealand (200/3) beat Australia (111) by 89 runs | NEW ZEALAND – 2 Points
Game 2: Oct 26 — New Zealand vs Afghanistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
New Zealand’s second group sport towards Afghanistan in Melbourne was washed out because of rain and not using a ball being bowled. Even toss didn’t occur that fateful day.
Result: Match deserted | NEW ZEALAND – 3 factors
Game 3: Oct 29 — New Zealand vs Sri Lanka at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
After a disappointing wash-out in Melbourne, New Zealand got here again to successful methods in Sydney once more as they defeated Sri Lanka by 65 runs of their third sport. Opting to bat, the Blackcaps have been in a spot of hassle at 15/3 in 4 overs. Glenn Phillips (104 off 64) then performed among the finest knocks thus far within the match to push their complete to 167/7, which turned out to be sufficient for his or her second win in Australia. Led by pacer Trent Boult (4 for 13), New Zealand then skittled out Sri Lanka for 102 in 19.1 overs.
Result: New Zealand (167/7) crush Sri Lanka (102) by 65 runs | NEW ZEALAND – 5 factors
Game 4: Nov 01 — England vs New Zealand at The Gabba, Brisbane
After remaining unbeaten within the first three matches, New Zealand have been in an excellent place to progress additional however they didn’t seal the spot towards England in Brisbane. England opted to bat first and set a steep 180-run goal for the Kiwis. New Zealand fell quick by 20 runs in the long run, regardless of one other gorgeous knock from Phillips, who scored 62 off 36 balls. Skipper Kane Williamson received loads of flak for his run-a-ball 40 as they managed 159/6 in 20 overs.
Result: New Zealand (159/6) lose by 20 runs to England (179/6) | NEW ZEALAND – 5 factors
Game 5: Nov 04 — New Zealand vs Ireland at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
New Zealand wanted a win of their last group sport towards Ireland they usually did it comfortably. Asked to bat first, New Zealand posted 185/6 driving on a new-look Williamson, who scored 61 off 35 balls. Ireland had an excellent begin reaching 68 with out loss in 8 overs, however spinners Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi pulled New Zealand again with fast wickets. Ireland have been finally bowled out for 150 in 19 overs, giving New Zealand a complete 35 runs victory. And with three huge wins, the Kiwis who’ve the perfect NRR within the group and made it to the following stage even earlier than the sport between Australia and Afghanistan ended.
Result: New Zealand (185/6) beat Ireland (150) by 35 runs | NEW ZEALAND – 7 factors, NRR 2.113
England’s highway to semis


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Game 1: Oct 22 — Afghanistan vs England at Perth Stadium, Perth
On a pacy Perth pitch, England invited Afghanistan to bat first and bowled them out for 112 in 19.4 overs. Sam Curran was the wrecker-in-chief for the English facet, returning figures of 5 for 10 in 3.4 overs – the one five-wicket haul within the match thus far. England misplaced wickets at common intervals of their chase, however managed to tug off the win with 5 wickets in hand and 11 balls to spare, giving them a successful begin to their marketing campaign.
Result: England (113/5) beat Afghanistan (112) gained by 5 wickets | ENGLAND – 2 factors
Game 2: Oct 26 — Ireland vs England at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
England suffered the primary main upset of the Super 12 stage, once they have been crushed by Ireland in a rain-affected sport in Melbourne. England opted to bowl first, however this time driving on an 82-run stand between Andrew Balbirnie (62 off 47) and Lorcan Tucker (34 off 27) Ireland set a aggressive 158-run goal for the English facet. And when rain stopped the sport, England (105/5 in 14.3 overs) have been 5 runs behind the par rating of 110. The upset left the group extensive open.
Result: England lose by 5 runs (DLS) towards Ireland | ENGLAND – 2 factors
Game 3: Oct 28 — England vs Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
England’s state of affairs received a beating of their subsequent sport, when rain didn’t permit the competition to begin in Melbourne. The match was deserted with out even the toss taking place. England and Australia needed to share some extent every.
Result: Match deserted | ENGLAND – 3 factors
Game 4: Nov 01 — England vs New Zealand at The Gabba, Brisbane
Needing two wins within the final two video games, England overcame New Zealand in Brisbane to maintain their semi-finals hopes alive. In the do-or-die match, Jos Buttler (73 off 47) and Alex Hales (52 off 40) gave England a flying begin including 77 for no loss within the first 10 overs. It set a platform for England to put up a difficult 179/6 in 20 overs. They then restricted the Kiwis to 159/6 to register a 20-run victory.
Result: England (179/6) beat New Zealand (159/6) by 20 runs | ENGLAND – 5 factors
Game 5: Nov 05 — Sri Lanka vs England at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
With New Zealand already within the semis and Australia on 7 factors, the equation was easy for England: beat Sri Lanka and progress into the following stage of their final group sport. England eked out a four-wicket win to hitch the Kiwis within the semis from Group 1. Sri Lanka opted to bat first and set a under par complete of 141/8 in 20 overs, driving on Pathum Nissanka’s 67 off 45 balls. England openers gave them a terrific begin, however common wickets left them in a difficult state of affairs earlier than Ben Stokes (42 not out off 36) held his nerves and took the crew dwelling with two balls to spare.
Result: England (144/6) beat Sri Lanka (141/8) by 4 wickets | ENGLAND – 7 factors, NRR 0.473