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Black Caps eliminated at T20 World Cup

Kane Williamson and Rachin Ravindra Black Caps
Kane Williamson and Rachin Ravindra at Queen's Park Oval in Barbados. PHOTO: BLACK CAPS

The Black Caps will play their last two matches at the ICC T20 World Cup with no chance of going any further.

After losses to Afghanistan and the co-host West Indies in their first two Group C matches, the Black Caps were eliminated from advancing to the Super Eight phase when Afghanistan defeated Papua New Guinea by seven wickets on Thursday (Friday NZ Time).


New Zealand currently sit bottom of Group C with zero points and a woeful net run-rate of -2.425 after a losing to Afghanistan by 84 runs and the West Indies by 13 runs, both featuring poor batting displays.

The Black Caps face international cricket minnows Uganda on Friday (12.30pm Saturday NZT) in Trinidad and Tobago, and Papua New Guinea on Monday (2.30am Tuesday NZT) at the same venue.

But the best Gary Stead's side can finish in the group is third, confirming New Zealand's worst result at a T20 World Cup, ending a run of three straight tournaments of reaching the semifinals.

Cricket New Zealand did not organise any warm-up matches ahead of the tournament for the veteran-laden Black Caps, who had not played since the fifth T20 match against Pakistan in Lahore on April 27.


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