ADELAIDE: New Zealand will face Pakistan in Sydney on Wednesday and India will face England in Adelaide on Thursday in the Twenty20 World Cup semi-finals.
AFP Sport looks at the teams and their journeys in the semi-finals:
The Black Caps have had a resounding start to the tournament with 89 straight wins from reigning champions and hosts Australia, setting the tone for their campaign so far.
A defeat against Afghanistan did not stop their momentum. They beat Sri Lanka with Glenn Phillips who broke the second century of this World Cup with his 64-ball 104.
New Zealand faltered in their 180 hunt against England but regrouped to beat the minnows of Ireland when skipper Kane Williamson took shape with a rapid-fire 61.

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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (AFP photo)
Last year’s defeated finalists overcame the toughest of the two Super 12 rounds in terms of net points compared to pre-tournament favorites Australia and England to underline just how dangerous they are.
The 2009 champions got off to a heartbreaking start to their campaign when they lost a last-ball thriller to historic rivals India, then suffered a shocking defeat to Zimbabwe.
They looked dead and buried and the win over the Netherlands wasn’t impressive as they lost four wickets in their modest 92 streak.
But Pakistan conjured a dominant performance to hammer South Africa and revive their semi-final hopes, and the Dutch did them a favor by staggering South Africa.
Babar Azam’s side won a fight to death against Bangladesh to make it into the last four, with pace spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi reporting career best figures of 4-22.

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Pakistan captain Babar Azam (AFP photo)
Azam’s form however remains a concern with the first goal only managing 39 points in five games.
Jos Buttler’s team beat Afghanistan after knocking out opponents by 112 in their opening round in Perth to justify their favorite tag in the tournament.
But a shock five-run DLS defeat in Ireland and a washout to Australia put them on a sticky wicket.
The Three Lions roared back to beat the Kiwis and all-round star Ben Stokes with an unbeaten 42 led them to a tense four wicket victory over Sri Lanka to propel them into the semifinals.

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England captain Jos Buttler (AFP photo)
Buttler and Alex Hales marked half a century in victory over New Zealand and bowlers Sam Curran, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood played key roles.
India set the tournament on fire at a crowded Melbourne Cricket Ground as over 90,000 fans attended Virat Kohli’s masterclass to review Pakistan’s 159s on the final ball.

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India captain Rohit Sharma (AFP photo)
Kohli has excelled by three half centuries to become the top scorer in tournament history and India have only lost once, to South Africa, en route to the semi-finals as leaders.
The sensation of the T20 Suryakumar Yadav was also on the slopes and with a tournament strike rate of 193.96 it will be India’s key weapon in its run to the first world title since the 2013 Champions Trophy.
India won the inauguration T20 World Cup in 2007 and looks creepy.



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