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All eyes on England at T20 World Cup as New Zealand make semis | Cricket News


ADELAIDE: All eyes are on Twenty20 World Cup will fall in England against Sri Lanka next Saturday New Zealand take their place in the semi-finals and Australia only about being alive.
Hosts and hosts Australia beat Afghanistan by four head-to-head in Adelaide on Friday in their final Super 12 match and finished second in Group 1, tied with leaders New Zealand on seven points.
Only the top two made it to the semi-finals.

However, England are yet to play their final game and a win for them against Asian champions Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground should see them through – at the expense of rival Ashes.
Glenn Maxwell32 of 54 lifted Australia to 168-8 in the face of a bubbling Afghanistan attack in bowling in a must-win for the hosts at the Adelaide Oval.
Rashid Khan ignite 48 of the 23 undefeated balls to form a fist of the chase for the undefeated Afghans and ensure a nervous ending for much of the crowd.

Australia’s World Cup fate is now out of their hands, they have won three games, one was washed away by rain and suffered a horrific 89-game collision in the opener against New Zealand.
Match man Maxwell said: “We may not have put a complete game together yet.
“There were a few games last year at the World Cup that we could have done.
“Almost head-to-head, there were clinical performances. We made the game quick and we were quite responsive in every area of ​​the game.

“We’ve probably missed a few opportunities so far this year.”
He added: “I think it’s probably just disappointment – we haven’t been able to show how we feel we can play as a team.”
Australia’s dramatic clash with Britain last week in Melbourne has been wiped out, but Maxwell says there’s no point in that – a win would leave Britain with nothing to go.
England opener Alex Hales on Friday said they would not take Sri Lanka lightly, but his side are in a good mood.
“I guess we’re pretty confident that whatever we need to do, we have the skill and the strength to do it,” he said.
In the previous double header game at the Adelaide Oval, New Zealand – beaten by Australia in the final last year – were easier winners than Ireland with 35 runs.
Man of the match Kane Williamson eventually found form with the bat to push his side to 185-6 and the New Zealand bowlers then kept Ireland down to 150-9.
Williamson’s 35 tackles 61 is the league’s first half-century.
His shot ended at the hands of Irish bowler Joshua Little, who went on to score a hat-trick, but the damage followed.
Skipper Williamson said their defeat to England last time motivated them.
“There were some good things in England’s game, and they were a good team, and they played better than us that day,” said the captain.
“So coming here, it’s obviously a game we want to play well, and it’s great that we were able to put together a really good performance and push the boundaries today.”
Victory over the Irish, who had built a reputation as giant killers after stunning the West Indies and Britain, allowed New Zealand to sit back and watch Australia and Britain vie for second place.
“It’s great because we have a few days now and everyone will be able to relax,” he said.
“Tomorrow let’s see what’s happening in the other games and see how it goes.”

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