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New Zealand storm into semis

New Zealand became the first team to reach the ICC Champions Trophy semi-finals in India early this morning when they beat Pakistan by 51 runs.

I thought Pakistan were going to beat New Zealand especially after Pakistan's impressive performance against Sri Lanka but New Zealand posted a good score of 274 for seven wickets when they went in to bat first. In reply Pakistan could only manage 223 runs.

Now Pakistan will need to beat South Africa to reach the semis and this will be a match in which whoever wins will reach the semis. This is because South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 78 runs despite the best efforts of the Sri Lanka bowlers who restricted South Africa to only 219 runs.

I still think Pakistan will reach the semis but on their day the South Africans can just about surprise anyone and so this looks like its going to be an interesting contest.

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