Pakistan failed to overtake the Kiwis in their final group stage game against England, setting up a semi-final between India and New Zealand.

New Zealand have confirmed their place in the Cricket World Cup semi-finals after Pakistan failed to overtake them in their final group game against England.

Pakistan, the 1992 champions, had to beat England by 287 runs in Kolkata on Saturday to push their way into the semi-finals at the expense of the Kiwis on net run rate.

However, England fought first, blocking the way, and Pakistan’s fate was then sealed as they faced the impossible task of scoring more than 300 runs by the 40th ball of their reply to the champions’ 337-9.

New Zealand will face unbeaten hosts India in the first semi-final in Mumbai on Wednesday, while Australia and South Africa will meet in the second semi-final in Kolkata 24 hours later.

The Kiwis, runners-up in the last two World Cups, finished fourth in the 10-team table with 10 points after five wins and four defeats.

Pakistan, who beat New Zealand in a rain-damaged match last weekend, can also take 10 points if they beat England.

However, it is currently impossible for them to beat the run rate of their rivals.

Australia defeated Bangladesh

In Saturday’s other group stage match, Mitchell Marsh recorded his career-best result as Australia beat Bangladesh by eight wickets.

Marsh scored 177 off 132 balls, giving Australia their highest successful run-chase in World Cup history.

He scored 175 runs off 135 balls for the unbeaten third wicket with Steve Smith, who scored 63, as Australia finished on 307-2 in 44.4 overs.

This came after Adam Zampa picked 2-32 in 10 overs to restrict Bangladesh to 306-8.

It was Australia’s seventh consecutive win in the tournament. The five-time champions had started slowly with defeats to India and South Africa but recovered in style to secure a place in the semi-finals.

Australia finished third overall with 14 points – level with second-placed South Africa but worse in net run rate.

Semi-final form

India defeated New Zealand by four wickets when they met in the group stage in Dharamshala.

Daryl Mitchell managed 130 and Rachin Ravindra scored 75 out of a total of 273 points for their team. However, Virat Kohli’s 95 saw India reach their target with two overs to spare.

South Africa defeated Australia by 134 runs in their round-robin clash in Lucknow four weeks ago.

Quinton de Kock made 109 and Aiden Markram hit 56 as the Proteas rose to 311-7.

In response, five-time title holders Australia were bowled out for just 177 with more than nine overs to spare.

Source : www.aljazeera.com

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