New Zealand move into World Cup Final after trumping India by 18 runs in roller-coaster
Emotions were on a high in both the Indian and New Zealand camps when the former needed 31 off 12 deliveries to win, but a cracking six over backward point from MS Dhoni was followed by his run-out and that sealed the fate of the match.
New Zealand 239-8 (50 Overs) [Ross Taylor 74(90), Williamson(c) 67(95); Bhuvneshwar 3/43, Jadeja 1/34]
India 221-10 (49.3 Overs) [Jadeja 77(59), Dhoni(wk) 50(72); Matt Henry 3/37, Santner 2/34]
Result- New Zealand won by 18 runs
240 looked pretty chaseable on a slow surface in Manchester. However, with the overhead conditions conducive to swing bowling, Trent Boult and Matt Henry were always going to be the threat for the Indian openers with the new ball.
As opposed to losing just four wickets within the power play in the group stage, India were tottering at 24-4 at the end of 10 overs and were miles behind in the match, courtesy of the brilliance of Trent Boult and Matt Henry.
With both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli gone, the chances of an Indian victory looked bleak but young guns Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant joined hands to give the team some stability. However, both could not maintain the much-required restrain and were dismissed while attempting expansive shots.
With MS Dhoni for company, Ravindra Jadeja looked on song right from the first ball. Mitchell Santner who was extremely impressive and picked the two crucial wickets of Pant and Pandya was successfully taken on by Jadeja.
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The highly improbable chase began to seem probable with Jadeja's half-century, who played the knock of his life and was dismissed for a 59-ball 77.
With 31 needed off the last two overs and Dhoni on strike, India were still in the game, but Dhoni's run-out sounded the death knell for their World Cup campaign.
New Zealand, who at one point were backed neither by the pundits nor by the fans, showed tremendous belief to hang on to crucial situations and make their second consecutive World Cup Final. The Black Caps will now clash against the winner of the second semi-final between Australia and England at Lord's on Sunday.
India- Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
New Zealand- Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
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