New Zealand 239 for 8 beat India 221 by 18 runs. New Zealand players perform well from the beginning as expected by cricket enthusiasts worldwide.
Runs scored by popular players of New Zealand are Taylor 74, Bhuvneshwar 3-43 and Williamson 67. Indian players especially Jadeja and Dhoni scored 77 and 50. Other players of the Indian team are Santner 2-34, Henry 3-37 and Boult 2-42.
Some interesting elements of this World Cup semi-final spread over 28-hour and 24-minute. For example, incredible fielding, rain to force the match into the reserve day and terrific nature of new ball bowling. Though the two-paced surface kept scores down, any team was not entirely out of the contest. New Zealand remained standing at the end of the match and reached the second successive world cup final by 18 runs win. On the other hand, India went out at the semi-final match for the 2nd successive tournament with scripting a dramatic comeback and showed why this team is a leading ODI team in the world.
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MS Dhoni time is as potent a sporting quantity as Fergie time. Jadeja was in the middle of the best does-not-to-lose performance at the other end. India had roused themselves chasing 240 from 5 for 3 and 92 for 6. They were somehow in the contest. They were 203 for 6 and required 37 runs from the last eighteen balls. On the other hand, it was not to be their day. The best cricketing skill sets of Jadeja played the main role behind the enhanced performance from the beginning. He finally miscued a slower ball from a qualified player Trent Boult to depart for 77 of 59 balls.
MS Dhoni had nudged and nurdled his approach too 43 win with a boundary, carved Lockie Ferguson foor 6 over point from the beginning of 49th over and bring the equation down to 25 off 11 balls. He turned for a desperate 2nd run two balls later. He was beater to the end of the keeper by just an inch and undone by a direct hit from Guptill.
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New Zealand team then could breathe and think about July 14 of Lord. They could not think about Lord’s during their innings began on Tuesday morning and ended after 24 hours. Incessant rain pushed its 3-5 overs into the reserve day. New Zealand begun playing in the two-paced pitch and throughout overcast skies out successive maidens from Kumar, Bumrah and ended by hitting a boundary in their last 6 overs.
Kane Williamson shared his partnerships of 68 and 65 with a qualified player Henry Nicholls and also Ross Taylor for both 2nd and 3rd wickets. They focus on how to keep wickets in hand and deal with the left-arm spin of Jadeja and some changes of pace from three seamers of India. However, 239 score was a total fighting in such conditions by the 4th over of India’s chase which looked monumental. The new balls swung well for opening bowlers of India.