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India vs New Zealand : New Zealand Into Finals

Match no. 46 (Semi-final 1), played between India and New Zealand at Old Trafford, Manchester.

India vs New Zealand, Match Delayed Due To Rain

A stunning counterattacking innings from Ravindra Jadeja, when the chips were down, went in vain as India fell short by 18  runs against New Zealand in the thrilling first semifinal at Old Trafford.

With the heavy loss of early wickets India were 5 for 3 the asking rate kept increasing. But it was a big stand between Jadeja and MS Dhoni that gave India hope.

Jasprit Bumrah 1/39

The match that went into the second day, due to rain, ended with Jadeja making 77 (59 balls) and Dhoni making 50 before he was run out in the 49th over.

New Zealand reached their second World Cup final and they will meet either England or Australia.

116 Runs Partnership Between MS Dhoni And Ravindra Jadeja

India was 150-6 and needing 90 more runs to win off the last 10 overs against New Zealand in the first Cricket World Cup semifinal.

MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja were sharing an excellent partnership for the seventh wicket and appeared to be India’s last hope at Old Trafford.

Ravindra Jadeja 77 off 59 Balls

India were praying for a World Cup miracle from veteran batsman MS Dhoni after a stunning top-order collapse left them reeling in Wednesday’s dramatic semifinal run-chase against New Zealand. 

India lost key batsmen Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul for just one run each as they slumped to five for three and were 24 for four when Dinesh Karthik was out for six.

Rohit Sharma’s Crucial Wicket 1 off 7 Balls

Hardik Pandya tried to steady the ship but when he fell for 32.

India were 92 for six off 30.3 overs needing a further 148 runs to reach a victory target of 240 at Old Trafford.

Dhoni, India’s captain when they won the 2011 World Cup on home soil, was then 10 not out.

MS Dhoni 50 off 72 Balls

Crucial Moments

Ms Dhoni’s run out in the penultimate over proved crucial.

100-run partnership between MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja for the seventh wicket gave India some hope.

New Zealand Defeated India By 18 Runs

After a stunning top-order collapse left them reeling against New Zealand on Wednesday.

India lost key batsmen Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul for just one run each as they slumped to five for three and were 24 for four when Dinesh Karthik was out for six.

New Zealand Into The Finals

But India recovered to 150-6 off 40 overs, needing a further 90 runs off the remaining 60 balls to reach a victory target of 240 at Old Trafford.

But that wasn’t to be as both set batsmen Jadeja and Dhoni got out in quick succession trying to up the ante.

Earlier, New Zealand added 28 runs in the remaining 23 balls of their innings to finish on 239-8 after rain had stopped play on Tuesday.

Ross Taylor, who resumed on 67 not out, top-scored with 74 after Williamson had made a masterly 67 in awkward conditions.

HIGHLIGHTS : India / New Zealand

  • New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first.
  • New Zealand led an 18-run victory over India to advance to Sunday’s final at Lord’s.
  • A 116-run stand between Jadeja and Dhoni brought India back into the game.
  • Jadeja’s dismissal in the 48th over and Dhoni’s run out were crucial wickets.
  • Matt Henry (3/37) and Mitchell Santner (2/34) helped New Zealand bowl India out for 221 in 49.3 overs.
  • Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni added 116 runs for the seventh wicket.
  • Ross Taylor (74) and Kane Williamson (67) guided New Zealand to 239/8.

Captains Corner

Virat Kohli

The first half, we were very, very good. We got what we needed at that point.

We thought we had restricted New Zealand to a chaseable score but the way they come out with the ball was what made the difference.

I think it was the skill level on display (from NZ bowlers) was there for all to see. Jadeja had a really good couple of games and it’s his performances that are a huge positive.

New Zealand deserve it, they put us under more pressure. At times, I think our shot-selection could have been better.

Really proud of the way we competed throughout the tournament. As I said, come the knockouts, New Zealand were braver than us and deserve to win.

Thanks to all the fans, thanks for coming out in huge numbers.

Kane Williamson

It’s a different feeling, to be fair. The surfaces and the way we had to skin it, has been different to the last World Cup we experienced.

Have a really good bunch of guys. A tough game, tough semifinal and really pleased to be on the right side of things.

It was really tough. We had to assess conditions quickly and I think both sides felt that it wasn’t a high-scoring track.

We thought that 240-250 will help us to put India under pressure. The guys were able to do that in the middle and at the back end without going too hard.

Lot of it was on the conditions, with the rain around yesterday and whether it changed the conditions.

With the new ball, our bowlers try to move the ball off the seam or in the air. Need to put pressure on that world class batting line-up of India.

We knew that when the track slowed down, we had to squeeze.

They showed why they are a world class side when they took it really deep to a position where they could have won it through MS and Jadeja.

Our character was tested and we come out on top. We’ve seen conditions be really tricky at times and in some games, we didn’t play our best cricket but guys weren’t disheartened and backed ourselves.

On a particular day, anything can happen and it was a game of small margins. Pleased to come across the line. Indian supporters have been really good.

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