Pakistan seemed set to exit the competitors till the Netherlands pulled off a shock 13-run win over South Africa on Sunday that meant victory over Bangladesh later within the day took Babar Azam and his staff into the knockout rounds.
“Once you get to the highest 4 each facet has an opportunity,” stated Southee. “We have performed lots towards Pakistan in current instances and we all know they are a harmful facet.
“Credit score to them, they in all probability turned up considering they did not have a lot of an opportunity however they placed on one other good efficiency and so they’ll be an enormous risk come the semi-final.”
A win over Pakistan in Sydney would take New Zealand to a ultimate towards both England or India in Melbourne however Southee stated the Black Caps, who misplaced to Australia in final yr’s ultimate, have been taking it one sport at a time.
“There’s nonetheless loads of cricket to be performed till we get to that stage,” he stated. “Pakistan are a high quality facet and we will must be on the highest of our sport to get previous them on Wednesday.
“Semi-final cricket is thrilling, it is what you flip up for, to be right here in these final couple of video games. Hopefully we are able to proceed the best way that we have been taking part in and have one other good efficiency within the semi.
“One of many consistencies of the facet is the best way we method issues is just about the identical, it doesn’t matter what sport it’s. That is one thing to return again to and that is one thing we’re excellent at.”