New Zealand see off India in CWC semi

Ruben Hill
July 11, 2019

Boult's comments come after New Zealand advanced to the World Cup final after beating India by 18 runs in their semi-final clash in Manchester. His 117 formed the cornerstone of India's total of 342 - the highest Australia have ever conceded at a World Cup - and the 36-run victory at The Oval. The required run-rate was spiralling out of control and Dhoni had to both protect his wicket and provide the leadership to Jadeja, who hadn't played much of cricket coming into the semi-final match.

"We will come out better cricketers because of this setback".

"But we turn up on the day and anybody can beat anybody".

"A lot of heart has been shown by the guys so far but we're keeping our feet on the ground".

Asked what this win would mean for cricket in New Zealand, where rugby union's world champion All Blacks dominate the sporting scene, Williamson said: "I don't think it will change the number one sport".

"We're just excited about playing in a World Cup final at Lord's - it doesn't get bigger than that and whoever we play, we'll just enjoy it".

Four century opening stands: First, Rohit and Dhawan put on 127 against the Aussies, and then Rohit & KL Rahul continually bettered that with 136 against Pakistan, 180 against Bangladesh and finally, 189 against Sri Lanka.

"But at the same time, we just want to reflect on the good things we did in this match and the things we want to improve on". But Mohammed Shami sent back Mohammad Nabi, Aftab Alam and Mujeeb Ur Rahman in succession to post the second Indian hat-trick (after Chetan Sharma vs New Zealand in 1987) at a World Cup.

A 116-run seventh wicket partnership between former skipper MS Dhoni (49) and Ravindera Jadeja (77) troubled New Zealand in the middle overs the Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, but fine death bowling and a spectacular display of fielding gave the Kiwis the last laugh.

Jadeja obliged, clubbing four fours and as many sixes, before holing out to long-off off Trent Boult and though Dhoni attempted to up the ante, the veteran was run out following a direct hit from Martin Guptill in the penultimate over as India's hopes vanished. "For him to pull off what was a significant turning point in the match was special".

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