Matt Henry, was awarded Man of the Match for his 3-37 and who ruined India’s top order. New Zealand will now play either with England or Australia in final at Lords on July 14.
New Zealand has reached the World Cup final second time. In the 2015 World Cup final, Australia defeated New Zealand.
India got off to an unfortunate start and lost four wickets in their opening power play. Skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul were all lay off after scoring a single each. After four overs, India were 5 for the loss of three wickets.
India received the first hindrance in the second over, when Henry out Sharma, who is so far the top run scorer in the World Cup. In the next over, Kohli fell to pacemen Trent Boult and had to go back to the pavilion when a review upheld the umpire’s decision of an lbw.
New Zealand wicketkeeper Tom Latham took a splendid catch at first slip in the fourth over when Rahul became Henry’s second prey. Dinesh Karthik (6) had to walk off after James Neesham took an outstanding one-handed catch at backward point on a delivery by Henry in the 10th over.
When Neesham dropped a catch at midwicket that would have dismissed Rishabh Pant (32) otherwise New Zealand got a good chance to take another important wicket in the 13th over. The left-hander had hit two of the three boundaries hit by the Indian batsmen until that point and built a 47-run partnership with Hardik Pandya (32), however runs came slow.
In the 23rd over Pant was dismissed, when he was played by Colin de Grandhomme in the 23rd over, dropping his team to 71 for 5. The over, bowled by Santner, was the most valuable for New Zealand as it was a wicket maiden. Santner struck again in the 31st over, when he dismissed Pandya.
India’s confidences to qualify for the World Cup final had increased after MS Dhoni (50) and Ravindra Jadeja (77) put together a 116-run partnership, that would have confirmed to be vital if the men in blue made it through to the end.
Jadeja played a significant role in giving India hope of progressing to the World Cup final, scoring 77 runs off just 58 balls. New Zealand bowlers had effectively controlled the flow of runs while picking up essential wickets at regular intervals, making it gradually hard for India to chase the 240-run target set by the Black Caps. However, Jadeja’s violent batting and a few dropped catches by the Black Caps had let up stress on India.
A win still appear off the cards as the required run rate continued to ascend beyond India’s reach. The remaining hopes were ruined after Jadeja’s out by Trent Boult in the 48th over. Jadeja hit the ball high up but not far enough as it landed in New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson’s safe hands.
Martin Guptill hit directly Dhoni when he was taking run in the 49th over that changed the course of the game. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0) followed him two balls later when he was out by Lockie Ferguson.
In the final over Yuzvendra Chahal (5) managed to hit a boundary, when India required 23 runs off 6 balls, but was out two balls later by James Neesham.