New Zealand stun India by 18 runs to reach World Cup final

Ross Houston
July 11, 2019

10 overs, 24-4; Dinesh Karthik is brilliantly caught at point for six by Jimmy Neesham, diving low to his left.

He steadied the innings along with wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni as the duo stitched together a partnership of Trent Boult in the 48th over.

The Chase television star Paul Sinha has tweeted his admiration for the Black Caps after they stunned India by 18 runs in the Cricket World Cup semifinal overnight.

At that stage, India were strong favourites but within 19 balls of the chase beginning, the game had been turned on its head. Firstly, Rohit - he of five centuries at this World Cup - feathered through to Latham off Henry.

The India captain reviewed, indicating he thought the ball was going over the top. He was nearly right. Virat Kohli managed to score only one run in the first World Cup 2019 semi-final in Manchester. "He timed the ball beautifully well", Williamson said. The wicket came eight overs after Rishabh Pant's (32) dismissal, who had played right into the hands of Colin de Grandhomme in the 23rd over, reducing his team to 71 for 5.

In the 31st over, Hardik Pandya (32) succumbed to pressure and was removed by Mitchell Santner.

Over the course of the next 17 overs though, India clawed their way back. Jadeja hit four fours and And four sixes in his innings.

"So that shows the kind of control they bowled with - they put the fielders in the right positions and that was a flawless spell of fast bowling with the new ball, which put us under a lot of pressure". Jadeja miscued it, the ball went straight up and Williamson made no mistake as he came round to get underneath.

"To have the start we had was an outstanding way to try and kick things off and get into a position of strength". Guptill had one stump to aim at as he tore in from the deep, he found his mark and the replays confirmed Dhoni was centimetres short of his ground.

While others poked fun at the team's wicket keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who was run out in the match in the semi-final drawing comparisons to Indian fighter jets shot down by the Pakistan Air Force in the Pakistani territory in February by saying, "Two lines India crossed that they will never forget". However, Jadeja's aggressive batting increased India's chances to make their way to the World Cup final.

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