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ICC ODI World Cup 2023: New Zealand Secures Semi-Final Spot, to Face India in 2023 World Cup Rematch

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New Zealand has officially qualified for the semi-finals of the 2023 Cricket World Cup, setting up a showdown with India in a rematch of the 2019 edition. The Kiwis’ qualification was sealed after Pakistan fell short of chasing a daunting 338-run target within 6.4 overs against England. With New Zealand finishing on 10 points in the table, Pakistan can no longer surpass them in Net Run Rate (NRR).

Key Points:

  1. Confirmation of Qualification:
  • New Zealand’s spot in the semi-finals was confirmed after Pakistan’s unsuccessful attempt to chase down a massive target against England.
  • The Kiwis finished with 10 points, and Pakistan, despite having a chance to level on points, cannot overtake them in NRR.
  1. Semi-Final Opponent:
  • India will face New Zealand in the semi-finals for the second consecutive time, with the Kiwis emerging victorious in the 2019 edition.
  1. Previous Encounter:
  • In the group stage of the ongoing World Cup, India defeated a Williamson-less New Zealand by 4 wickets.
  • With Williamson returning to the XI, New Zealand aims to pose a formidable challenge to India, who suffered a 21-run loss in the 2019 semi-final.
  1. India’s Performance:
  • India remains undefeated in the tournament, securing the top spot in the group stage.
  • The team will conclude its group stage against the Netherlands on Sunday in Bengaluru.
  1. Semi-Final Schedule:
  • The first semi-final between India and New Zealand is scheduled for Wednesday in Mumbai.
  • South Africa will face Australia in the second semi-final on Thursday in Kolkata.

As New Zealand secures its place in the semi-finals, cricket enthusiasts anticipate an intense clash with India, creating a compelling narrative in the quest for the 2023 World Cup title.

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