T20 World Cup: Black Caps through to semis

New Zealand
Ish Sodhi, centre, celebrates with Kane Willaimson after dismissing Paul Stirling. Photo: AFP/Brenton Edwards

A Kane Williamson half-century and a spin bowling assault fired New Zealand to a 35-run win over Ireland at the Adelaide Oval on Friday to book their place in the T20 World Cup semifinals.

New Zealand's batsmen posted an imposing 185/6 after Ireland elected to field before the Black Caps' bowlers restricted the Irish to 150/9.

The win saw Williamson's team cement top spot in Group 1 with seven points and a huge net run rate advantage over second-placed England and third-placed Australia.

Ireland bow out of the World Cup but head home with pride after a solid tournament capped by a sparkling hat-trick to paceman Josh Little.

Left-armer Little had captain Williamson caught for 61, then trapped both James Neesham and Mitchell Santner lbw for no score in the 19th over to bring up Ireland's second hat-trick in T20 internationals.

However, the damage had already been done by Williamson and middle order batsman Daryl Mitchell (31 not out).

Paul Stirling and Andy Balbirnie gave Ireland a fighting chance but left-arm spinner Santner broke the 68-run partnership when he had Balbirnie chopping onto his stumps.

Santner and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi then rattled through the top order, grabbing two wickets each to suck the life out of the Irish innings.

"We knew the spin would really come into the game and they bowled beautifully well," said Williamson.

"A good team effort, really."

Paceman Lockie Ferguson finished with an economical 3/22 after Ireland's chase unravelled.

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