New Zealand confirmed its place in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup final for the second year in a row after its new ball artists broke through the Indian top placing to claim victory in 18 runs.
After New Zealand on Wednesday, July 10, with 23 remaining balls on 5.11. Resuming it was a difficult challenge to attack from the first ball against a well-rested Indian bowling formation. After 49 runs in the last 5.1 overs of the Tuesday match, it was argued that the rain delay was the worst time for them.
Despite the loss of Ross Taylor by 74 (seven to his overnight score) New Zealand made 28 runs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, recalled at the expense of formidable Mohammed Shami, finished the race with impressive numbers of 3/43 out of his 10 overs. India needed 240 to qualify for the World Cup final.
The chase was bad, however. In 19 dramatic deliveries India was on 5./3. Matt Henry caught two opening bats Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul 1-1 from Tom Latham, while Trent Boult took the crucial wicket of Virat Kohli, also for 1-1.
Suddenly India was on its back. Shortly thereafter, Dinesh Karthik talked about a breathtaking one-handed catch by Jimmy Neesham and left India within the top 10 overs of four wickets. Then Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya started rebuilding. Both struck with the uncharacteristic caution that was required due to the tense game situation.
Both fell on the left arm of Mitchell Santner before the score exceeded the 100 mark. On a playing field where you can play bowling, Santner bowls with impressive accuracy and restricts the Indian batsmen for every room. He finished with numbers of 10-2-34-2 – a final analysis that included 40 balls.
Then it was left to MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja to reach the finals as the last two recognized batsmen of India. A puffed-up Jadeja, who had a great morning on the field before, fought against it and smashed four squares in his 59-ball 77.
The duo’s 116-member partnership gave India hope. After the last two overs had taken 31, Dhoni was in his fifties and seemed ready to push his team across the finish line. However, a rocket shot by Martin Guptill caught him in the second round.
This was the decisive blow to the changes in India as they conceded defeat in 18 runs.