ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: New Zealand storm into the final for 2nd time in a row
New Zealand knocked India out of the Cricket World Cup 2019 after a thrilling contest between the teams in the first semi-final of the tournament. New Zealand, After winning the toss decided to bat first. They could not start the innings as they would have hoped for as they lost Martin Guptill, who is doing nothing in this tournament – to Jasprit Bumrah.
Henry Nicholls and skipper Kane Williamson then started things in their own style. Both batsmen steadied New Zealand’s ship in all important game versus dangerous Indian side. Nicholls was bowled by Jadeja for 28 runs. It was Ross Taylor, Kiwis’ most senior batsman joined his captain.
They both looked rock solid in process of rebuilding as they put a 65 runs partnership. Though their dot ball percentage did hurt New Zealand. Kane Williamson got out after scoring 67 off 95 balls to Yuvendra Chahal. Before running himself out, Taylor scored 74.
New Zealand were restricted by Indian bowlers to 239 only. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was their most successful bowler of the day with 3 for 43.
India had not started their innings in their own way as they were 5-3 in just 4th over of the innings. Matt Henry ruined their dream of playing final on Sunday at Lord’s. He proved too difficult to handle for the India’s top order. India lost their most successful batsman of the Cricket World Cup, Rohit Sharma for just 1, he was followed by India captain Virat Kohli and his opening partner KL Rahul for same score.
India, then put a great show when Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya tried to recover their loss in chasing. That did not last too long for them as Pant was dismissed by Mitchell Santner for 32. Pandya was then joined by their most successful former captain MS Dhoni.
Pandya lost his wicket to Santner by playing a nothing shot. Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni put their best efforts to turn things in their way. Dhoni and Jadeja added a splendid partnership of 116 which put New Zealand under pump.
That partnership gave serious hopes to Indian fans of winning the semi final out of nowhere. It was Jadeja who played an outstanding innings of 77 off just 59 balls. He dared to play Boult over midd off which had not worked in his favour. He only managed it to top edged high in their and catch was taken by Williamson. Dhoni ran himself out after hitting a beautiful on the off side. Guptill was the fielder who threw a missile to the stumps which found MS Dhoni short of crease by an inch.
Matt Henry was named Player of the Match. New Zealand will face either Australia or the hosts England for the final at Lord’s on Sunday.