Should the table remain the same going into the knockout phase, the Black Caps will face Australia in Manchester on July 9, while England and India will face off in Birmingham on July 11.
Now placed fifth with nine points from eight matches, Pakistan face the challenge of beating Bangladesh by 311 runs after posting 350 or by 316 runs after scoring 400, something which is practically impossible. But just a win won't do for Pakistan since they are behind the Kiwis on run rate.
Centuries from captain Kane Williamson gave them tense victories over South Africa and West Indies but since then they have failed to advance their points tally.
But Stead said the belief within his side was strong despite its World Cup momentum coming to a grinding halt in the heavy defeats to Pakistan, Australia and England.
It would be the eighth time New Zealand have advanced to the semi-finals and Stead was confident his team had put their losses behind them. These three matches made it very hard for Pakistan.
Overall, Shakib is also standing at the ninth place in the list of all-time highest run-getters of the World Cup. Both have one group game each to play.
Urgent hunt for Aussie in North Korea
Australia does not have an embassy in North Korea, and has limited diplomatic access through the Swedish Embassy. An Australian national studying in Pyongyang has reportedly been apprehended by North Korean authorities.
Many pundits claim the decision by the England and Wales Cricket Board to take the game off free-to-air television has been a central factor in the sport's declining popularity in its birthplace, particularly among younger age groups.
Stead's team are nearly certainly going to seal the fourth semi-final spot later on Friday despite ending the group phase with three successive losses.
New Zealand will be the first team to tour Sri Lanka since the Easter Sunday suicide bombings that killed 253 people in the island nation.
#3. Bat first and score 400 runs, bowl Bangladesh out for 84 or less and hence beat them by 316 runs or more.
The only caveat here is that England have won all but one of their matches batting first.
"I'm not saying by any means we would have beaten Sri Lanka, but we were right there".