The game produced twists and turns and it was a battle between world-class fast bowling and controlled batting and counterattacking approach, which eventually turned out to be a classic encounter
New Zealand knocked India out of the World Cup 2019 as the Kiwis won by 18 runs in a thrilling semi-final at Old Trafford in Manchester Wednesday.
The game produced twists and turns and it was a battle between world-class fast bowling and controlled batting and counterattacking approach, which eventually turned out to be a classic encounter.
The game went to the reserve day Wednesday after persistent rain caused havoc Tuesday.
New Zealand manage to add 28 to their overnight tally of 211 and ended the innings on 239 for the loss of eight wickets in the stipulated 50 overs.
Chasing a challenging total of 240 on a tricky pitch, India scored 221 losing all of their wickets with three balls to spare.
New Zealand fielders were brilliant all through the innings and produced an electric effort on the field under pressure.
Their fielding made the ultimate difference, along with their world-class bowling attack.
Brilliant start by the Kiwi pacers
New Zealand made a perfect start with a brilliant display of fast bowling with accuracy and control as they picked up three wickets within just 3.1 overs with only five runs on the board.
India’s top three of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Lokesh Rahul all went back to the pavilion scoring one each, and the Kiwis were on top from the very beginning.
Matt Henry gave the perfect start to New Zealand as he accounted for the wicket of the in-form Rohit, who has scored five centuries in eight innings before the semi-final.
It was a good length delivery from Henry just outside off-stump and it took the edge of Rohit’s bat.
Wicket-keeper Tom Latham took a low catch and India lost their in-form opener in the second over.
Trent Boult then trapped India skipper Kohli in front in the third over as the right-hander tried to play an on drive off his front foot only to miss the ball.
It was an incoming delivery from Boult and Kohli failed to connect as he tried to play the shot with a slightly angled bat.
The umpire judged him leg-before wicket and Kohli took the review.
TV replays showed it would have hit the top of the bails and the on-field umpire’s call stayed and the New Zealand camp was delighted.
Henry struck again in the third over and this time it was Rahul, who scored a century in the last match.
Rahul edged to Latham and the Kiwis were well and truly on top.
India’s middle-order exposed
India’s middle-order was exposed for the first time in the tournament after losing three quick wickets and they were on the back foot straightaway.
Dinesh Karthik came out to bat at No 5 and he took 21 deliveries to open his account.
But he also failed to halt the slide as the right-hander was caught at point from a slower delivery from Henry.
Jimmy Neesham took a blinder at point, diving to his left and grasping a low left-handed catch.
Rishabh Pant (32) and Hardik Pandya (32) offered some resistance in the middle, adding 47 for the fifth wicket.
But Kiwi spinner Mitchell Santner bowled a superb spell and removed both the set batsmen in the 23rd and 31st over.
Santner bowled an incredible spell as, after six overs, his bowling figure was 6-2-7-2.
Dhoni-Jadeja partnership gives hope
India were 92/6 when Pandya got out and the target was way far from that situation.
But the experienced Mahendra Singh Dhoni held firm at one end and then came Ravindra Jadeja at the crease.
Both Dhoni and Jadeja turned the tide from that point and slowly, India were edging towards their target.
Dhoni was playing the anchor role while Jadeja was brilliant right from the word go, scoring freely from every possible opportunity.
These two brought India right back into the game, adding 116 for the seventh wicket, which is the second 100-plus partnership for the seventh wicket or lower in World Cup history.
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At one stage, India needed 32 off 14 deliveries with Jadeja cruising and Dhoni looking rock solid.
But at that point, Boult took the crucial wicket of Jadeja, which was a killer blow for India.
It was a slower delivery from Boult and Jadeja mistimed it.
It went high in the air and Wiliamson took a good catch at cover.
Jadeja’s sparkling innings ended on 77 off just 59 deliveries with four fours and as many sixes.
Dhoni run out seals the match for the Kiwis
Even after Jadeja’s dismissal, India were in the game as Dhoni was batting with a controlled approach at the other end.
India fans were hoping for a masterclass finish from Dhoni as, in the last two overs, they required 31 off 12 balls.
And in the first ball of Lockie Ferguson’s over, Dhoni smashed a sixer over point, which gave the Indian supporters belief that they could still win this.
The second ball was a dot and off the third ball, Dhoni played towards square and tried to take two.
Martin Guptill ran from deep backward square leg and made a direct hit on the stumps.
It was a single stump view from Guptill, who is having a poor World Cup with the bat.
But he was absolutely brilliant to rattle the stumps and Dhoni was inches short.
That was game, set and match and New Zealand wrapped up the innings soon.
Dhoni made 50 off 72 deliveries, which is his last innings in the World Cup, as the 38-year old is nearing the end of his illustrious career.
New Zealand will play either England or Australia in the final at Lord’s Sunday.
NEW ZEALAND INNINGS R B
Guptill c Kohli b Bumrah 1 14
Nicholls b Jadeja 28 51
Williamson c Jadeja b Chahal 67 95
Taylor run out (Jadeja) 74 90
Neesham c Karthik b Pandya 12 18
Grandhomme c Dhoni b Bhuvneshwar16 10
Latham c Jadeja b Kumar 10 11
Santner not out 9 6
Henry c Kohli b Bhuvneshwar 1 2
Boult not out 3 3
Extras (lb 5, w 13) 18
Total (50 Overs) 239/8
Fall Of Wickets
1-1 (Guptill), 2-69 (Nicholls), 3-134 (Williamson), 4-162 (Neesham), 5-200 (Grandhomme), 6-225 (Taylor), 7-225 (Latham), 8-232 (Henry)
Bhuvneshwar 10-1-43-3, Bumrah 10-1-39-1, Pandya 10-0-55-1, Jadeja 10-0-34-1, Chahal 10-0-63-1
INDIA INNINGS R B
Rahul c Latham b Henry 1 7
Rohit c Latham b Henry 1 4
Kohli lbw b Boult 1 6
Pant c Grandhomme b Santner 32 56
Karthik c Neesham b Henry 6 25
Pandya c Williamson b Santner 32 62
Dhoni run out (Guptill) 50 72
Jadeja c Williamson b Boult 77 59
Bhuvneshwar b Ferguson 0 1
Chahal c Latham b Neesham 5 5
Bumrah not out 0 0
Extras (lb 3, w 13) 16
Total (49.3 Overs) 221 all out
Fall Of Wickets
1-4 (Rohit), 2-5 (Kohli), 3-5 (Rahul), 4-24 (Karthik), 5-71 (Pant), 6-92 (Pandya), 7-208 (Jadeja), 8-216 (Dhoni), 9-217 (Bhuvneshwar), 10-221 (Chahal)
Boult 10-2-42-2, Henry 10-1-37-3, Ferguson 10-0-43-1, De Grandhomme 2-0-13-0, Neesham 7.3-0-49-1, Santner 10-2-34-2
New Zealand won by 18 runs
MoM: Matt Henry