Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
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INDIA vs New Zealand

INDIA vs New Zealand

The match lasted two days due to inclement weather.

Speaking of the match, New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first, after which Ross Taylor (74) and Kane Williamson (67) played the most important roles as the Kiwis finished at 239/8 in 50 overs.

Defending a modest target of 240, the duo of Henry and Trent Boult wrecked havoc with the new ball, reducing them to 3 for five and then 4 for 24. It was New Zealand's attack on Team India which led to the top four batsmen (Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik) go back to the pavilion.

"New Zealand deserves a lot of credit because they really put up a great display of how to bowl with the new ball".

One of the favourites to lift the World Cup trophy, the Indian team was defeated by New Zealand by 18 runs in Manchester.

"This is up right there for me, coming into a semi-final and coming out on the right side of a tight match is always going to be tough to beat", Henry said.

"As a New Zealand fan you would be hopeful of them doing it again in the final", Vettori added.

Jadeja and MS Dhoni put on 116 runs for the seventh wicket to fix the damage, but their wickets spelt the end for the pre-tournament favourites.

"Semi-finals are a special opportunity".

The Kiwis will now play in the World Cup finals on July 14, against the victor of the upcoming semifinal match between Australia and England. "That's the nature of the tournament, one bad day at this stage and you are out of this tournament".

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