New Zealand have strengthened their chances of making it to the semi-final of the T20 World Cup by beating Ireland by 35 runs. Kane Williamson played a captain’s knock, scoring 61 runs from 35 balls in their 185/6 while Lockie Ferguson chipped in with three scalps to restrict Ireland to 150/9.
New Zealand put themselves in a strong position to enter the semi-final with a 35 run-win over Ireland in Adelaide to increase their net run rate to +2.113. The Kiwis batted first against the comparatively inferior Irish side and Kane Williamson returned to form on Friday helped them even more. Daryl Mitchell produced some big shots in the back end as well, scoring unbeaten 31 runs from 21 balls and they posted a total of 185/6.
The Ireland openers started well while chasing the target, scoring 68 runs for the opening wicket while tackling the pace trio of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, and Lockie Ferguson. However, the spin duo of Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi opened the floodgates, taking a couple of wickets each and the innings witnessed a continuous fall of wickets. Lockie Ferguson, the highest-wicket holder with three wickets, did the damage in the end while Tim Southee struck twice at the death as well.
NZ be like: Dil garden garden ho raha hi!
New zealand won by 35 runs #NZvIRE— Raju singh Chauhan (@RajuCha76958509) November 4, 2022
Goof fight overall!
Kiwis made it!
Another Big win for New Zealand.— Abhijeet ♞ (@TheYorkerBall) November 4, 2022
First Team to qualify for the Semifinals and they already have the best NRR among All 12 Teams.
If India win against Zimbabwe, they'll Top Group B #NZvIRE
T20 WC's magic!
Eh bhi teeq hi!
Other teams left the chat!
New Zealand are in the last four!— Ashvin/अश्विन (@ashvinmalviya10) November 4, 2022
WCs are made for NZ! #NZvIRE
That was brilliance!
New Zealand defeated Ireland by 35 runs; with this Victory their semi final spot is almost 99% confirmed.#NZvIRE— Nikhil (@Nikhil_kumar7_) November 4, 2022
Fans: Ehhhhh bhagwan! Apki leela aparam paar hi!
Great victory ahead of semis!