New Zealand shattered India’s World Cup dream after defeating it by 18 runs in the blockbuster semi-final of the World Cup 2019. New Zealand pulled off the staggering upset to knock India out of the World Cup and advance to the final after a nail-biting fight at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Kiwis’ disciplined bowling and fielding outclassing tournament favorites India.
After a disastrous start by India’s top order, MS Dhoni and Jadeja stood up to the occasion and cemented a 50-plus runs partnership. A 116-run partnership between former skipper MS Dhoni (50) and Ravindra Jadeja (77) troubled New Zealand in the middle overs, but fine death bowling and a spectacular display of fielding gave the Kiwis the last laugh.
Matt Henry — who wrecked India’s top order — was awarded Man of the Match for his 3-37. New Zealand will now play either Australia or England at Lords on July 14. MNew Zealand bowlers had successfully restricted the flow of runs while picking up crucial wickets at regular intervals, making it increasingly hard for India to chase the 240-run target set by the Black Caps.
Dhoni’s inning in the match against India had raised some eyebrows. In the semi-final, he was run-out just when he was coming in the position to finish the match.
Earlier, New Zealand set a 239 run target for India in the World Cup semi-final at Old Trafford, where persistent rain led to a premature end to play on Tuesday and the need to use a reserve day set aside by organisers. The Kiwis resumed the match on 211-5 with 3.5 overs remaining. New Zealand wrapped up their innings on the second day of play at 239-8.
The final overs were bowled by pacemen Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, who on Tuesday helped to tie down New Zealand’s batsmen with disciplined bowling on a sluggish pitch. Kumar picked up two wickets today while Bumrah took the wicket of Ross Taylor.
Here’s the highlights of the nail biting match.
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