ICC World cup Semi final
New Zealand 239-8 (50 overs): Taylor 74, Williamson 67, B Kumar 3-43
India 221 all out (49.3 overs): Jadeja 77, Henry 3-37, Santner 2-34
New Zealand cricket side shocked World cricket yesterday with a world class bowling display to edge out heavy favourites India by 18 runs at Old Trafford to reach the Cricket World Cup final.
India who were chasing a decent 240 to win were demolished in the opening overs as they were quickly reduced to 24-4 and a mere 96-6, before Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni both produced a 116 run partnership to drag the former World cup winners back into the Semi final battle.
For Jadeja was on fire as he has he slowly pulled his side back into contention untill with only 18 balls remaining and 37 runs required he hit a Trent Boult ball high into the air, only to fall directly into the hands of the Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson to see his turn at the crease end on 77.
His partner in crime Dhoni looked to continue the comeback and hit a fine six off the first ball off the 48th over, only to be superbly run out by kiwi Martin Guptill, which realistically brought an end to India’s slim chances of victory.
The final wicket eventually came soon after as Yuzvendra Chahal who tried to edge the ball behind himself only to be caught, starting off a wave of celebration as the Black Caps all gathered in a team huddle before truly realizing what they had achieved!
For the Kiwi’s the extra time to adjust after rain had ended play on Tuesday allowed their bowling tactics to be worked on and the right plan to be accumulated as Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson both bowled with good pace. Their fielding was also immaculate at times with Guptill and Jimmy Neesham both producing two outstanding bits of fielding which were worthy of the World Cup semi final arena they were in.
Up next for the Black Caps is the winner of the next semi final which starts at Edgbaston today as hosts England take on ashes’ rivals Australia in a much-anticipated clash