Tim Southee. (Picture Supply: Twitter)

The stage is about for the 4 semi-finalists after the conclusion of the ultimate Tremendous 12 stage fixture on Sunday. Final yr’s runner-up New Zealand will sq. off towards Pakistan, whereas event favorites England will face a stern check towards an in-form Indian aspect. New Zealand’s Tim Southee has admitted that the staff will not be making the error of taking their opponents frivolously forward of the encounter on the SCG.

Pakistan, the aspect with a document variety of semi-final appearances within the event’s historical past, have been getting ready to an early exit after shedding each their opening matches. However back-to-back victories towards the Dutch and South Africa saved their hopes alive, and a typical slip by the Proteas offered them with a possibility for the semis. The Kiwi pacer acknowledges their efforts and is nicely conscious of Pakistan’s threats on the knockout levels of the competitors.

“Whenever you get to the highest 4 each aspect has an opportunity. We’ve performed so much towards Pakistan in current occasions and we all know they’re a harmful aspect. Credit score to them, they most likely turned up considering they didn’t have a lot of an opportunity, however they placed on one other good efficiency and so they’ll be an enormous risk come to the semi-final,” Southee mentioned forward of the primary semi-final.

There’s nonetheless quite a lot of cricket to be performed till we get to the ultimate: Tim Southee

On New Zealand’s possibilities of making it to the ultimate for a second successive time, Southee revealed that the staff is taking one sport at a time and must carry out their finest sport to make it to that stage. The veteran fast revealed that they aren’t making an attempt to do one thing totally different for the upcoming sport and can strategy it like they did all of the earlier matches.

“There’s nonetheless quite a lot of cricket to be performed till we get to that stage. Pakistan are a high quality aspect and we’re going to should be on prime of our sport to get previous them on Wednesday. Hopefully, we are able to proceed the best way that we’ve been taking part in and have one other good efficiency within the semi. One of many consistencies of the aspect is the best way we strategy issues is just about the identical, it doesn’t matter what sport it’s. That’s one thing to return again to and that’s one thing we’re excellent at,” he added.

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