Hosts and holders Australia noticed off a cussed Afghanistan by 4 runs in Adelaide on Friday of their ultimate Tremendous 12 match and sit second in Group 1, degree with table-toppers New Zealand on seven factors.
Solely the highest two attain the semi-finals.
Nonetheless, England are but to play their final sport and victory for them over Asian champions Sri Lanka on the Sydney Cricket Floor will see them by way of — on the expense of their Ashes rivals.
Glenn Maxwell‘s 32-ball 54 lifted Australia to 168-8 within the face of an effervescent Afghan bowling assault in what was a must-win match for the house facet on the Adelaide Oval.
Rashid Khan blazed an unbeaten 48 off 23 balls to make a fist of the chase for the winless Afghans and guarantee a nervy finish for almost all of the gang.
Australia’s World Cup destiny is now out of their very own fingers, having gained three matches, had one washed out by rain and suffered a dangerous 89-run thumping of their opener in opposition to New Zealand.
“We most likely have not put an entire sport collectively,” mentioned man of the match Maxwell.
“There was a few video games final yr throughout the World Cup the place we most likely did.
“Virtually back-to-back, there have been medical performances. We did the sport rapidly and we have been fairly sharp in all areas of the sport.
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“We have most likely missed a number of alternatives up to now this yr.”
He added: “I believe that is most likely simply the frustration — we have not been capable of present how we really feel like we are able to play as a bunch.”
Australia’s mouthwatering conflict with England final week in Melbourne was washed out, however Maxwell mentioned there was no level dwelling on that — a win would have left England with nowhere to go.
England opener Alex Hales mentioned earlier Friday that they’d not be taking Sri Lanka frivolously, however his facet are in buoyant temper.
“I assume we’re fairly assured that no matter we have to do, we have got the talents and firepower to do it,” he mentioned.
Within the earlier sport of a double-header on the Adelaide Oval, New Zealand — overwhelmed in final yr’s ultimate by Australia — have been snug winners over Eire by 35 runs.
Man of the match Kane Williamson discovered type eventually with the bat to propel his facet to 185-6 and the New Zealand bowlers then stored Eire right down to 150-9.
Williamson’s 35-ball 61 was his first half-century of the event.
His knock got here to an finish by the hands of Irish bowler Joshua Little, who went on to say a hat-trick, however the injury was already finished by then.
Skipper Williamson mentioned their defeat final day trip to England had spurred them on.
“There was some good things within the England sport, and so they’re a very good staff, and so they performed higher than us on the day,” mentioned the captain.
“So coming right here, it was clearly a sport that we want to have performed nicely in, and it was good we have been capable of put collectively a very good staff efficiency and get throughout the road at present.”
Victory over the Irish, who had cast a popularity as giant-killers after beautiful the West Indies and England, allowed New Zealand to sit down again and watch Australia and England squabble over second place.
“It is good as a result of we’ve got a number of days now and guys will be capable of simply loosen up,” he mentioned.
“Tomorrow observe what’s taking place within the different matches and see the way it goes.”