New Zealand reached the ICC Men’s World Cup semi-finals with a comfortable eight-wicket win over Afghanistan on Sunday, a result that eliminated star-studded India as well as Mohammad Nabi and Co from the tournament.
Chasing a modest 125, skipper Kane Williamson (40) and Devon Conway (36) put on an unbeaten stand of 68 to drive the team home in 18.1 overs in Abu Dhabi.
The Kiwis join Pakistan as the two teams in the semi-finals from Group 2, leaving India’s final match against Namibia on Monday a dead rubber.
England and Australia have already made the semi-finals from Group 1.
The semi-final match-ups will be decided after Pakistan play Scotland in the second match of the day.
“It was a strong performance,” said Williamson.
“We know how dangerous this Afghanistan side is. It was good for us to be able to set the tone with the ball, take wickets early and then keep them to below-par total. 150-155 would have been par.”
Unless unbeaten Pakistan suffer a shock defeat to Scotland in Sharjah later Sunday, the Kiwis will face England in the semi-finals.
Pakistan would take on Australia in the other semi-final.
“There’s another strong challenge coming up. England are a very strong side,” said…