Blackcaps won the T20 match against Afghanistan by eight wickets with their tremendous performance. And restrain India from reaching the semifinals as the net run-rate of NZ becomes higher than India.
Afghanistan won the toss and decided to bat first. Position if team Afghanistan was looking from the start when they couldn’t set the standard run target for New Zealand. Najibullah Zadran scored the highest 73 runs, and he was the only one to contribute in a better way. Other players were not able to contribute much to set a heavy target for black caps.
Overall, New Zealand quickly chased the run rate of 125 and secured their position in the second group of semifinals. New Zealand team captain Kane Williamson scored the highest 40 runs, and Devon Conway contributed 36 runs. Whereas Mujeeb Ur Rehman and Rashid Khan from team Afghanistan took one wicket each. From team New Zealand, Trent Boult took three wickets, and Tim Southee grabbed two wickets. And Adam Milne, James Neesham, and Ish Sodhi also took one wicket each.
This scenario knocked out India from entering the semifinals even if they beat Namibia in the match that will happen on Monday. New Zealand becomes part of 4 semifinalists team Pakistan, Australia, and England. Kiwis will be facing England in the second group of semifinals.