Men In Black are in the Final of the World Cup 2019

India vs New Zealand Semi Final Match Highlights

India’s hope to reach the world cup final was dashed by the Blackcaps. As the men in blue lost the semi-final by 18 runs at Old Trafford. This was one of the worst performances by India with the bat. There was no magic from Rohit, Kohli, and Rahul. But Jadeja and MS Dhoni put up a fight to ensure that India doesn’t lose badly.

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India vs New Zealand Semi Final Match Highlights – New Zealand Batting

The Kiwis won the toss and opted to bat first in the 1st semi-final match. But, their batting was not done as they would have liked. Martin Guptill, the double centurion of the world cup 2015 was out for just a single run that too in the 3rd over of the match. Bumrah continued his good form with the new ball. He picked up Guptill for just 1 run. Henry Nicholls and skipper Kane Williamson shared a much-needed partnership which brought the New Zealand’s innings on track. They shared a 68 runs stand for the second wicket. This partnership was for the Kiwi but it didn’t last long. Ravindra Jadeja broke this partnership which looked dangerous for India. Henry Nicholls was clean bowled by Jadeja for 28 runs.

New Zealand was under pressure as both the openers went back to the pavilion. Then came the partnership which kept New Zealand in the game. The partnership between the in-form Williamson and the struggling Ross Taylor. They took New Zealand to a comfortable position. Kane Williamson was in his best of forms but at the other end, Ross Taylor struggled to time the ball. Still, these two shared a partnership of 65 runs. Williamson made a move after he reached his fifty. The Kiwi skipper continued his good form. The whole of New Zealand wanted Williamson to stay for more overs. But Chahal got the vital wicket of the match. Kane Williamson was out for 67 runs.

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Then it was a mini-collapse for the Blackcaps as the Indian bowlers didn’t allow any more partnerships. But Ross Taylor struggled still he hung in there. Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhommegot started but they couldn’t convert them. De Grandhomme was out for 16 runs and Neesham perished for 12 runs. It was all up to Ross Taylor and Tom Latham. Taylor was scratchy in this innings but still, he reached his century and he looked good after. As India and New Zealand were progressed to their final 4 overs to complete the innings. The rain came and stopped the play. The ODI match went into the second day, as the ICC prepared for a reserve day in case of any showers.

New Zealand started their innings from where they left on the 1st day. Ross Taylor aimed to take New Zealand near the 250 run mark but he was out soon on the 2nd day’s place. Ross was dismissed for 74 runs. Then the Indians tried to wrap the tail as Latham was next to go on the very next ball. Latham was out for 10 runs. New Zealand was on the 230 run mark when Matt Henry was also out in the second last over. Henry was out for just 1 run. It was Mitch Santner and Trent Boult who took the Kiwis to 239 runs in their 50 overs. Santner was not out on 9 runs and Boult was unbeaten on 3 runs.

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India vs New Zealand Semi Final Match Highlights – India’s Bowling

The Indian bowling was good yet again. Bumrah was exceptional with the new ball. Bhuvi, Pandya, Chahal, and Jadeja also bowled well. Bhuvi took 3 wickets while Bumrah, Pandya, Chahal and Jadeja took 1 wicket each to their names.

India vs New Zealand Semi Final Match Highlights – India’s Batting

It was the same old story for the Indian batsmen. They failed to put up runs on the board in these swinging conditions. Their over-dependence on the top 3 cost them this match. The top 3 fell like a pack of cards. Rohit, Kohli and Rahul were on 1 run respectively. Another shocking thing in this match was that Dhoni was not promoted up the order in this situation. At 5 for 3, Dinesh Karthik was promoted up the order and he consumed balls at the start and finally, he was dismissed due to a stunning catch taken by Jimmy Neesham. DK scored just 6 runs. Then, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya tried to steady the Indian innings. They were successful against the pacers but they couldn’t have that patience to resist when Santner came into bowl. Both the youngsters tried to hammer Santner and lost their wickets. They were out on 32 runs each. Then it was a remarkable fightback from Jadeja and Dhoni which brought the hopes back. They shared a partnership of 116 which kept India in the game.

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India was in the position to win the game as Jaddu also crossed his fifty run mark. As the run rate went up to the pressure also started to rise for India. Jadeja tried to fetch a much-needed boundary but there was no elevation in that shot. Jadeja spooned up the shot in the air and Kiwi Skipper Williamson took that catch and got the vital breakthrough for New Zealand. Jadeja was out after scoring gusty 77 runs. Then all was left to the best finisher but he too was run out in the next over. Martin Guptill who didn’t bat well in this tournament finally came up with a game-changing run-out. Dhoni was out for 50 runs in his final world cup match.

After Dhoni, Bhuvi and Chahal also perished and that gave an 18 run win for New Zealand.

India vs New Zealand Semi Final Match Highlights – New Zealand’s Bowling

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The Kiwi bowlers were too good. They succeeded to bowl out India for just 221 runs. Matt Henry was the pick of the bowlers from New Zealand’s side. He took 3 wickets while Boult and Santner took 2 wickets each while Lockie Ferguson and Jimmy Neesham took 1 wicket each to their names.

New Zealand will play their 2nd back to back final at Lords on Sunday. Matt Henry was named the man of the match for his brilliant bowling spell. ‘

Next Match – Australia Vs England – Semi-Final 2 at Edgbaston today.

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