Old Trafford: New Zealand beat India by 18 runs to reach the World Cup final as they produced a magnificent bowling performance in a nerve-shredding semi-final.
On Sunday at Lord’s New Zealand will face the winner of Thursday’s Semi-final between hosts England and Australia.
Ross Taylor’s 74 and Kane Williamson’s 64 helped the kiwis put on a total of 239 runs on the board after play was stopped on Tuesday and continued on reserve day on Wednesday.
India chasing 240 runs suffered a top order collapse and were reduced to 24-4 and 92-6,before Ravindra Jadeja and M S Dhoni partnership of 116 runs revived the chase.
Jadeja played probably the best innings of his career under such tremendous pressure and difficult conditions, with 37 runs needed from the final 18 balls, Jadeja hit Trent Boult high into the air and to New Zealand captain Kane Williamson to fall for 77 from 59 balls.
Dhoni hit a six on the first ball of 48th over and the fans at the Old Trafford went crazy, but then superbly run out by Martin Guptil’s direct hit to the stumps.
“45 minutes of bad cricket cost us” – Virat Kohli
India captain Virat Kohli: “I’m very disappointed. We played outstanding cricket throughout this tournament.
“To go out on 45 minutes of bad cricket is saddening. It breaks our heart because you work so hard to build momentum, finish number one in the table, then a spell of bad cricket and you’re out of the tournament, but you have to accept it.
“We will come out better cricketers because of this setback.”
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson:
“A lot of heart has been shown by the guys so far but we’re keeping our feet on the ground.
“It was a great semi-final and we’re happy to be on the right side of it.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tweeted:A disappointing result, but good to see Team India fighting spirit till the very end.
India batted, bowled, fielded well throughout the tournament, of which we are very proud.
Wins and losses are a part of life. Best wishes to the team for their future endeavours.
Matt Henry is adjudged the man of the match for his outstanding performance. He ended up with outstanding figures of 3/37.