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New Zealand punches ticket to World T20 semifinals

New Zealand improved to 3-0 in Group 2 play Tuesday 22 March with a win over Pakistan and clinched an ICC World Twenty20 Championship berth in the process.

Martin Guptill reached a team-high 80 before he was caught out in the Kiwis’ innings. He had partnerships of 62 runs with Kane Williamson and 52 runs with Corey Anderson.

Pakistan, with its sights set on 181, reached 65 before losing its first wicket in the sixth over. The lineup didn’t produce from there, however, and the Kiwis went on to win by 22 runs.

“Obviously the wickets are a little bit slower than what we have in New Zealand but we’ve just got to get over here and adapt,” New Zealand Captain Brendon McCullum said afterward. “Obviously different skills that we have to use over here and just have to go out and play like we usually do. If you get away too much from what you know then you’re not going to be as successful.”

West Indies and New Zealand lead the two respective groups thus far in the tournament.

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Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 News Director Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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