LONDON: New Zealand qualified for the World Cup semi-finals on Friday when Pakistan could no longer better their net run-rate in their final group game against Bangladesh.
Sarfaraz Ahmed’s team needed to smash the world record for margin of victory in a one-day international but after winning the toss at Lord’s they failed to muster enough runs to give them a chance.
Their total of 315 for nine meant that Bangladesh needed only eight runs to end Pakistan’s hopes of progress at the tournament and they reached that in the second over.
After their win on Friday, 1992 champions Pakistan finished with the same number of points and wins as New Zealand but are heading home as a result of the run-rate tie-breaker.
New Zealand join Australia, India and England in next week’s semi-finals.