New Zealand first team to seal T20 World Cup semifinal spot

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New Zealand first team to seal T20 World Cup semifinal spot

New Zealand had reached the final of the last edition, where they lost to Australia by eight wickets.

New Zealand on Friday became the first team to book a semifinal berth in the T20 World Cup after Australia were restricted to 168/8 by Afghanistan in a crucial game.

After New Zealand beat Ireland by 35 runs in their final super 12 group, defending champions Australia needed to win against Afghanistan by an improbable 185 runs to overtake the net run rate of their Trans-Tasman rivals.
The hosts, however, scored 168 for 8 after being invited to bat by Afghanistan, paving the way for New Zealand to qualify for the knockout stage.

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