'Unbelievable': Cricket fans lose it over World Cup 'disaster'

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Pictured here, India captain Virat Kohli looks on at the T20 World Cup.
New Zealand's win against Afghanistan ended the T20 World Cup hopes of Virat Kohli's (pictured) India. Pic: Getty

New Zealand has once again crushed the hopes of a cricket-mad nation after a T20 World Cup win against Afghanistan that's ended the hopes of heavyweights, India.

India needed the Afghans to spring an upset over the Black Caps to keep their hopes of making the semi-finals alive but the Kiwis sent Virat Kohli's men packing with a thumping eight-wicket victory.

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The fates of three teams were tied to the outcome of the match, each fancying their chances of becoming the second side from the pool, behind Pakistan, to make it to the last four.

An Afghan victory would have suited 2007 champions India, who have the best net run-rate among the trio with a match to spare, while New Zealand had to simply win the game to advance, which they did in style.

Najibullah Zadran smashed a career-best 73 to rescue Afghanistan from a top order collapse and post 124-8 at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

However, New Zealand romped home with 11 balls to spare to join England, Australia and Pakistan in last four.

Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson made an unbeaten 40 and Dean Conway 36 not out to put the final nail in India's coffin.

New Zealand will meet England in the last four in a repeat of the 2019 ODI World Cup final, after table-topping Pakistan beat Scotland to remain undefeated.

For India, it is a bitterly disappointing outcome for a team viewed by many as favourites to win the title.

A cricket-mad nation of 1.4 billion people, India has now been beaten by New Zealand in the semi-finals of the 2019 ODI World Cup, the final of the World Test Championship this year, and been knocked out of the T20 World Cup because of the Black Caps.

Not surprisingly, the reaction from the cricket world has been brutal on social media.

Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi won the toss but the strong start he expected from his team did not materialise against New Zealand.

They were reeling at 3-19 in the sixth over, a mini-collapse that started when Devon Conway took an acrobatic catch behind the stumps to dismiss Mohammad Shahzad.

Zadran rebuilt their innings with his stroke-filled knock but his stay was cut short by another stunning catch, this time by a diving Jimmy Neesham at long-off.

NZ bowlers set up win for Black Caps

Trent Boult dismissed Karim Janat in the same over for his third wicket and New Zealand put on a catching masterclass to restrict their opponents to a below-par total.

Off-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman dismissed Daryl Mitchell (17) in the fourth over and Rashid Khan sent back Martin Guptill (28) but it was not enough to test New Zealand's batting strength.

Williamson oversaw New Zealand's chase with an assured 40 not out while Conway was unbeaten on 36.

New Zealand finished their group campaign with eight points, four ahead of India, who play Namibia in their final match on Monday, and Afghanistan.

Seen here, New Zealand's captain Kane Williamson batting against Afghanistan at the T20 World Cup.
New Zealand's captain Kane Williamson led the way with the bat against Afghanistan in their T20 World Cup match. Pic: Getty

"We didn't start well," Nabi said after Afghanistan signed off with their third loss in five matches.

"We played good cricket in the tournament, and we will take a lot of positives. We need to correct the mistakes we made with the bat."

Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson praised his bowlers for setting up the victory, before his batsmen finished off the job.

"Strong performance, we know how dangerous this Afghanistan side is," Williamson said after anchoring their chase.

"It's nice for us to be able to set the tone with the ball first up, take some wickets early and then restrict them to a below-par total. It was a 150-155 surface."

with AAP

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