Birmingham, June 26 -- The New Zealanders are doing it again.

Often the quiet achiever at Cricket World Cups, New Zealand can secure its eighth semifinal spot with a win against Pakistan at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

The unbeaten Black Caps have 11 points from six games; seventh-place Pakistan has five points with an outside chance of advancing.

The two teams have history at the World Cup. Pakistan is hoping for a repeat of 1992 when it endured a poor start, before going on to win the title after beating New Zealand in the semifinals with its future prime minister, Imran Khan, hitting 44.

Reaching the last four has become commonplace for the Kiwis with other semifinal appearances in 1975, '79, '99 (against Pakistan), 2007, '11 and '15. I...