New Zealand upset India to reach Cricket World Cup final

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli

Never before did the first three batsmen of a team got out for one run each in a match.

New Zealand will now play either Australia or England in the finals to be played on Sunday at Lord's.

"We had to ask a lot of questions".

Henry took three wickets while Santner and Boult picked two wickets each.

India have always done well when their openers have done well; when they had good starts. It's hard to come to terms with but New Zealand deserve it.

And when put under pressure, it failed.

"Our shot selection could've been better but otherwise we played a good brand of cricket and I'm proud of the way we played". However, it was Ravindra Jadeja along with MS Dhoni wh almost pulled off the things.

A 116-run seventh wicket partnership between former skipper MS Dhoni (49) and Ravindera Jadeja (77) troubled New Zealand in the middle overs the Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, but fine death bowling and a spectacular display of fielding gave the Kiwis the last laugh. Though experienced all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja then held the helms and helped his team to cross at least 200-mark by smashing four jaw-dropping sixes.

Jadeja got them closer with a superb straight six off fast bowler Lockie Ferguson and, with five overs left, the target was down to 52.

"There may be a lot of predictions from a lot of people but my prediction is that New Zealand is the victor and Kane Williamson is the "Man of the series", Balaji Haasan had said in the video. The Indian captain finished as India's second-highest run-getter, with 443 runs at 55.37. First up, it was Rohit's batting masterclass and then that ball from Kuldeep Yadav to dismiss Babar Azam.

Sharma, who had already made a five hundreds at this tournament - a record for a single World Cup, began the procession of top-order dismissals when he was caught behind off Henry.

The introduction of the metronomic Mitch Santner was telling and India had added only one run in 16 balls before Pant departed for 32 after wildly slugging the slow left armer to deep midwicket.

New Zealand, beaten in the 2015 final by Australia, were restricted to just 239-8 after completing their 50 overs a day later than expected following the suspension of play due to rain on Tuesday.

Ross Taylor top-scored for the Kiwis with 74 runs off 90 deliveries while captain Kane Williamson hit 67 off 95.

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