New Zealand outclass India to reach World Cup final

Ross Houston
July 12, 2019

The seventh wicket partnership between Dhoni and Jadeja brought India back into the game from a near-impossible situation, only for the Kiwis to later outclass the Asians by 18 runs.

Star batsmen Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli misfired as India's top-three batsmen made just one run apiece, as they lurched to 4-24 and then 6-92 chasing 240 on the reserve day due to heavy rain on Thursday.

India was bowled out for 221 with three balls remaining.

However, the result of the semi-final between India and New Zealand was foreseen by an astrologer named Balaji Haasan nearly 6 months before the World Cup frenzy.

Virat Kohli after his teams ouster from the 2019 World Cup on Wednesday to New Zealand at Old Trafford spoke about how it was a case of being eliminated after just 40-45 minutes of poor batting. The Black Caps will face either England or Australia in the final on Sunday.

"We watched video clips of Pakistan's win against India in the Champions Trophy final for inspiration", Boult was quoted as saying on Twitter.

New Zealand scored 28 runs after the resumption under cloudy but brightening skies, finishing on 239-8.

New Zealand went into this semi-final as huge underdogs against the might of India, some even questioning their place in the final four of the competition. The India captain reviewed the decision but replays showed the ball was clipping the bails and Kohli tossed his bat into the air in disgust.

Two balls later, Dhoni had run himself out, thanks to a brilliant direct hit by Martin Guptill.

"Indian fans should be proud of the way their team played in the World Cup", he added.

Jadeja struck four sixes and four fours in a measured innings but when he mistimed a shot off Boult, Williamson took a catch, India was 208-7 with 13 balls left and the chasers had lost their big-hitter. India were reduced to 92/6 30.3 overs when Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja were at the crease.

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