Kiwi Dominance: New Zealand on the Verge of ODI World Cup Semi-Final

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The Men’s 2023 ODI World Cup is building towards the final on November 19. Every morning you will get the latest action, news, and insights from our reporters at the event.

Top Story: Boult leads New Zealand into semi-finals; SL’s Champions Trophy hopes fade.

New Zealand 172 for 5 (Conway 45, Mitchell 43, Mathews 2-29) beat Sri Lanka 171 (Perera 51, Boult 3-37, Ravindra 2-21) by six wickets.

New Zealand’s dominant five-wicket win against Sri Lanka has all but secured their place in the World Cup semi-final. This victory took them to ten points, with a net run rate (NRR) of 0.743. Pakistan and Afghanistan now need spectacular wins against England and South Africa, respectively, to surpass New Zealand’s NRR.

If Pakistan don’t win, they have no chance of qualifying.

With Sri Lanka in ninth place, they are out of contention for the 2025 Champions Trophy. They now need England and Bangladesh to lose, and The Netherlands to lose to India, for a chance to qualify.

Match analysis: How Santner’s slow ball deceived batters.

Mitchell Santner’s bowling in the game offered a reminder of the craft involved in spin bowling. His delivery wasn’t extraordinary, but it highlighted the skill and precision essential for spin bowlers.

This ball wasn’t a social-media sensation, but it symbolized the meticulous skill of the bowler. It warranted full attention and appreciation for Santner’s craft.

Must Watch: Sri Lanka’s batting has been a massive letdown.

Afghanistan vs South Africa, Ahmedabad (2pm IST; 8.30 am GMT; 7.30 pm AEDT)

Afghanistan were close to securing a crucial win against Australia, but fell short. They face South Africa, needing an exceptional victory to qualify, which is highly unlikely.

England would be glad to end this tournament, considering their disappointing performance.

Feature: Clinical, risk-assessed, productive – Afghanistan’s batting evolution unlocks new highs.

Do you remember that shot before Glenn Maxwell’s memorable performance? It came from Ibrahim Zadran. A remarkable shot straight over the wicketkeeper off Pat Cummins, highlighting Afghanistan’s improved batting in the tournament.

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