Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

New Zealand into Cricket World Cup final despite Jadeja’s heroics for India

New Zealand into Cricket World Cup final despite Jadeja’s heroics for India

New Zealand survived Ravindra Jadeja's late onslaught to stun India by 18 runs in a low-scoring thriller on Wednesday and reach the Cricket World Cup final for the second time in a row.

After New Zealand defeated India in the semifinals of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, cricketing legend and former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar showered heaps of praise on Kiwis captain Kane Williamson.

India were reduced to 24 for 4 in chase of 240, but Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni put up a fight in a thrilling finish.

In the following over, it was over to Boult as he hooped the ball back in to Kohli and struck him on the pad, it looked good, the umpire agreed and up went the finger.

Sharma, the Cricket World Cup's top run-scorer with 648, edged Matt Henry behind off the fourth ball of his innings.

The India captain reviewed, indicating he thought the ball was going over the top. The wicket came eight overs after Rishabh Pant's (32) dismissal, who had played right into the hands of Colin de Grandhomme in the 23rd over, reducing his team to 71 for 5. Henry pitched the ball up to Karthik, who sent a thick outside edge to backward point where Neesham flung himself to his left to take a stunning one-handed catch just a couple of inches off the ground.

New Zealand, beaten in the 2015 final by Australia, were restricted to just 239-8 after completing their 50 overs a day later than expected following the suspension of play due to rain yesterday.

In the 31st over, Hardik Pandya (32) succumbed to pressure and was removed by Mitchell Santner. India were 175 for 6 in 43 overs. Dhoni was subdued, holding back on the big shots even as the match approached its climax, but Jadeja made up for that with some phenomenal ball-striking.

"But credit to the New Zealand bowlers - the way they bowled with the new ball, moving it around, it was an outstanding skill level on display and they made life very hard for our batsmen".

On a wicket tailor-made for the bowlers, Jadeja did play a blinder (77 off 59 balls). Jadeja miscued it, the ball went straight up and Williamson made no mistake as he came round to get underneath. "Then to have the start with the ball we had was an outstanding way to kick things off and get us into a position of strength". However, Jadeja's aggressive batting increased India's chances to make their way to the World Cup final.

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