New Zealand Qualified into Semi-Final: Kiwis becomes first team to qualify for semi-final, beats Ireland

New Zealand Qualified into Semi-Final T20 WORLD CUP 2022
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New Zealand Qualified: New Zealand, officially made their way through to the semi-final of T20 World Cup 2022.

New Zealand Qualified into Semi-Final: New Zealand have continued their dream run in the ICC events and becomes the first team to qualify for ICC T20 World Cup 2022. NZ defeated Ireland in their last Super 12 match by 35 runs. With this win, New Zealand have 7 points in 5 matches with +2.113 net run rate, enough to qualify for next round.

Match Summary

New Zealand, batting first against Ireland, scored 185 runs losing 6 wickets in 20 overs. In response, despite a good start, Ireland could manage to score 150 /9 in 20 overs. Although Ireland got off a solid start and made 39 runs in the powerplay without losing a wicket.

Meanwhile, skipper Andy Balbirnie was clean bowled after scoring 30 runs in 25 balls. Mitchell Santner dismissed him. After the fall of first wicket, Ireland’s wickets kept falling. Paul Sterling scored 37 runs for Ireland. George Dockrell scored 23 runs. For New Zealand, Ferguson took 3, Southee, Santner and Sodhi took 2-2 wickets helping New Zealand crush Ireland by 35 runs.

Williamson comes back to form

One of the major positive for New Zealand before going into the knock out stage is the return of Kane Williamson back in form. He smashed 61 off just 35 deliveries. He added 60 runs with Daryl Mitchel, who scored unbeaten 31 runs in 21 balls. Finn Allen & Conway contributed 31 and 28 runs respectively.

Joshua Little Hat-trick

In the 19th over, Joshua Little sent Kane Williamson, Neesham & Santner back to pavillion in three consecutive deliveries to claim the second hat-trick of this World Cup. He ended the tournament with 11 wickets and became the second Irish bowler to claim the hat-trick in this mega event.

Player of The Match (POTM)

Man of the match – Kane Williamson was awarded player of the match for his brilliant half century. This was also the Kane’s first fifty of this World Cup.


Result: New Zealand Qualified into Semi-Final after winning by 35 runs.

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