India will face New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup semi-finals as Pakistan are ruled out


Cricket World Cup: File photo of the Indian cricket team© AFP

It is confirmed! India will face New Zealand in the semi-finals of the 2023 Cricket World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. In the other semi-final, South Africa face Australia at the Eden Gardens on Thursday. The semi-final line-up was confirmed after Babar Azam-led Pakistan were officially eliminated from the 2023 World Cup after failing to chase down a mammoth 338-run target in 6.4 overs against England – which was always going to be an impossible task.

After New Zealand’s victory over Sri Lanka on Thursday, the 2019 Cricket World Cup runners-up had all but secured themselves a semi-final spot. However, Pakistan and Afghanistan still had a mathematical chance of qualifying for the last four. They both needed to win their final round-robin matches by huge margins to have a shot at a semi-final spot.

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