New Zealand showed heart in thrilling win over India - Williamson

Ross Houston
July 11, 2019

"It was an outstanding spell from Santner on a surface that, you know, no doubt was offering to the slower bowlers - and we saw that in our innings as well the amount of spin that the Indian spinners got and he (Santner) is a world-class bowler, so we expected he would operate well", Williamson said.

Kane Williamson on Wednesday got revenge on Virat Kohli for the loss in the 2008 U-19 World Cup as New Zealand beat India by 18 runs in the semi final of the ICC cricket World Cup semi final in Manchester.

"It was a great semi-final and we're happy to be on the right side of it".

"We just wanted to put the ball in the good areas and put pressure on India".

India lost to New Zealand by 18 runs after restricting them to 239/8 in the rain-hit semifinal played over two days.

The India captain reviewed, indicating he thought the ball was going over the top. Their discipline paid dividends as the Indian batting slumped to 24 for 4.

India suffered their only group stage defeat against hosts England, who meet Australia in the second semi-final in Birmingham on Thursday.

India got off to a catastrophic start in reply, losing their top three batsmen for one run each - a first in global cricket. "They could have said the wicket of Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya and let Dhoni build a partnership with Rishabh Pant", Laxman said during a chat show for the official broadcaster.

Pandya, struggling with a hip injury, also made 32 before throwing away his wicket.

He and Dhoni (50) kept India afloat in the chase which was eventually derailed when both fell in successive overs.

The skipper lauded the effort of his bowlers in the first half, but then praised the Kiwi bowlers for being spot on and being the difference in the first half an hour of India's chase. There were a lot of contributions from everyone to get us to that total. Then it was a professional effort with the ball this morning and we had the momentum.

Kohli conceded their shot selection could have been better though he refused to blame 21-year-old Pant, who was playing only his ninth one-day worldwide.

"His bowling was fantastic, great batting and great fielding, but he can not do it on his own and unfortunately, he was left with too much to do in the end".

But a superb display with the ball from Matt Henry (3-37) and Trent Boult (2-42) helped bowl their opponents out for 221, the 48th-over dismissal of Ravindra Jadeja after an eye-catching 77 proving pivotal.

Jadeja proved his value as a fielder with a pinpoint throw to run out Taylor and in the next delivery, took a well-judged catch near the ropes to dismiss Tom Latham.

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