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New Zealand eclipse hot-favorite India to reach to CWC 2019 final

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New Zealand eclipse hot-favorite India to reach to CWC 2019 final

In the first semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, New Zealand stunned tournament favorites India and confirmed the final as the first team.

The rain-shriveled Old Trafford witnessed an overwhelming brand of cricket with heaps of ups and downs all along the match. Chasing 240, the subcontinent giants lost all their wickets behind 18 runs with three deliveries to spare in the innings.

Resuming the reserve day with 211 runs, the Kiwis added 28 runs more in remaining 3 overs and five balls setting the target to 239 losing 8 wickets.

India’s start of the run chase turned out awfully wrong from the very beginning. Under the heavily clouded Manchester sky, Kiwi pacers blazed with fireworks curtailing India’s top order for nothing to cash on.

A heart rending fight back from Ravindra Jadeja and Mahendra Singh Dhoni ignited hopes for India at very late which would be counted high after all had Guptill not been able to send Dhoni back with a superlative direct throw lighting the zing bells up.

Trent Boult and Matt Henry commenced the attack for New Zealand form both ends reducing India 3 for 5 at one stage.

Opener Rohit Sharma, after hauling five centuries in the ongoing competition was outclassed by a Matt Henry delivery pricking to Tom Latham at the back of the wicket for 1.

New Zealand got the prized breakthrough of Virat Kohli next over; Trent Boult mastered the art of roping in the great Indian batsman in front of the wicket thus he trapped straightly and was ruled out.

India must had been out of the contest after losing the top trio within four overs but Dhoni has had other concept to script on. And on the day when Ravindra Jadeja broke out of the shackles to produce a masterclass, the tournament favorites could have done their job in the middle at some point.

Together they added 116 runs in the seventh wicket, Jadeja was till their up to the fifth ball of the 47th over, carrying the dream of billions of Indian fans.

As the required run-rate started mounting, Jadeja skewed the slower from Boult high into the sky, the ball that landed safely on Williamson’s hand. Jadeja scored highest 77 (59) hitting 4 fours and equal number of sixes.

The ultimate show down for the match was yet to be show cased. Martin Guptill, being out of form in the tournament with the bat, stole the limelight all at once exhibiting a terrific display of fielding. Dhoni (50 off 72) barely fall short of the crease when Guptill’s throw dislodge his bells.

Brief Score:

New Zealand 239/8 (50 overs)

Kane Williamson 67, Ross Taylor 74

Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3/43

India 221 all out (49.3 overs)

Ravindra Jadeja 77, MS Dhoni 50, Rishabh Pant 32

Matt Henry 3/37, Trent Boult 2/42

Result: New Zealand won by 18 runs.

Man of the Match: Matt Henry

 

 

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