ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Date & Time: 09 July 2019
RR: 4.46 | New Zealand beat India by 18 runs
That is it from Semi Final 1! It is New Zealand who head into the final. Who will they be facing? It is either going to be England or Australia. These two battle it out on the 11th of July and the game starts at 1030 local (0930 GMT) in Birmingham. Till then, take care and goodbye!
New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson, says it is a different feeling than the last semi final they played. Further adds the guys have shown a lot of heart in this tournament and credits them for the fight they have shown. Tells they had to assess the conditions early on with the bat as the ball spun and they thought 250 would be a good score. Williamson informs they did not look to go too hard as that could have meant they ended up with 200-210. Informs the talk was regarding the conditions during the interval as to whether there would be rain or not. Tells India are a world class side and can win matches from any position but he says that his bowlers and fielders kept their nerves. Further adds, some of the games were tough as the conditions were tricky too. Tells in this tournament anything can happen. Williamson hopes that the fans back them in the final too.
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, says they were good in the first half with the ball. Says they thought they restricted New Zealand to a chasable total. Mentions they came today with confidence and felt they had the momentum. Credits the New Zealand bowlers for the way they bowled. States it was a skillful game that was on display. Credits Jadeja for his knock and says it showed how good Jadeja is in all aspects of the game. Tells they were down and out but Jadeja kept them in the hunt with his partnership with Dhoni. Reckons New Zealand won the crunch moments in this game. Further adds the only thing he could think about what went wrong in this tournament was the shot selection. Ends by thanking the fans for their support.
MAN OF THE MATCH, Matt Henry, says they plan was to do their best. Tells they started off well with the ball and kept building pressure. Says they kept asking questions. Henry feels that pressure converted into wickets. Tells they are a confident side and they knew India had world class finishers and they had to continue to build pressure and take wickets. On asking how it feels to be a part of 2nd World Cup finals in a row, Henry replies he is looking forward to the finals at Lord's after being part of the team in the 2015 World Cup. Ends by crediting the crowd for their support.
Earlier in the day, New Zealand entered the second day of this semifinal (Reserve day as the rain played spoilsport on the 9th) at 211 for 5 with a little less than 4 overs to go. They could not add too much but they managed to crawl their way to 239 which in the end proved to be enough.
A special mention for the way New Zealand fielded too! They stopped quite a few runs with their ground fielding. Yes, Neesham did drop one but he took an absolute blinder to get rid of Karthik and who can forget the run out of Dhoni? That was probably the moment when all the hearts of the Indian fans got broken. Their performance in the field today is an indication of how important Fielding is!
The New Zealand bowling was just outstanding. Kane Williamson could not have asked more from his bowlers. A huge occasion, not a very big target to defend and they have stepped up. They needed their opening bowlers to deliver and Boult and Henry did just that. They had India 4 down in Powerplay 1. The bowlers who bowled later on also did a fine job, especially Santner. He got rid of the two dynamic youngsters, Pandya and Pant, and was extremely economical. Even at the death, when New Zealand were under pressure, their bowlers kept their nerves and ensured they book their place in the final.
What a defense this was! Especially against this strong Indian batting line-up. How many of you'll thought 240 would not be chased by the Indians? Yes, it was going to be tough for them but we never thought they would end up on the losing side. Their top order just failed to get them off to a good start. The three who have been scoring so freely, Rohit, Rahul and Kohli failed to trouble the scorers a lot. Karthik then, took his own time to get in but fell to an outstanding catch. Pant and Pandya got off to a start but crumbled under pressure and threw it away. India seemed down and out at 92 for 6 but then walked in Sir Jadeja. He looked positive right from the outset, adding a massive 116-run stand with Dhoni, in which Jadeja was the aggressor and Dhoni played second fiddle. This pair revived the Indian hopes but once Ravindra fell, Dhoni too followed and then it was an impossible task for the lower-order.
NEW ZEALAND ARE THE FINALISTS! For the second successive ODI World Cup, it will be Kiwis who will fight for the title. Against all the odds they have outmuscled and outpowered one of the favorites, India and have rightfully sealed their place in the finals. All smiles in their camp and on the faces of their players. India on the other hand, can't believe what just happened, neither can their fans. A few of them are in tears too. That is cricket though, there is one side which wins and there is one that loses. New Zealand were surely the better of the two sides.
Is that the end of the game? The umpire has given Chahal out caught behind but he has reviewed. There seems to be a clear edge.
Also, Jimmy Neesham to bowl the last over.
Jasprit Bumrah is the last man in.
Yuzvendra Chahal walks out to bat now. Can he do something magical with the bat?
Is that the game for New Zealand? A direct hit from the deep and New Zealand feel Dhoni is short. The umpire has taken it upstairs.
Lockie Ferguson is back on!
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the new man in. His job will probably be to give Dhoni the strike but the question is, will Dhoni give him the strike?
Boult pulls out of his runup. Maybe he missed his runup there.
Matt Henry is back on! He has bowled really well here but the pressure will be on him. Can he finish well?
Trent Boult is on now. Can he pull this game back in New Zealand's favour?
Lockie Ferguson is back!
Jimmy Neesham is back.
Powerplay 3 signalled! Now 5 fielders can be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the end of this game. Final phase of the game. India need 90 to win off the last 10 overs. New Zealand need to break this stand.
Lockie Ferguson is back! 6-0-13-0, his figures so far.
Henry pulls out at the very end. He may have missed his run-up.
Matt Henry is back on.
Mitchell Santner is back! H was brilliant in his first spell. Can he do the same again?
Trent Boult is back! Williamson knows he just needs one more here to push it further back from India's grasp so he has given the ball to his strike bowler.
DRINKS! India are in dire straits at the moment! The set Pandya is out and now it is all on Dhoni. Yes, there is Ravindra Jadeja but one believes it has to be MS if India are to cross the line. New Zealand on the other hand, know it is their game to lose now. They are probably a wicket away. More of the same is what Williamson will be hoping for from his side. Also, Ravindra Jadeja is the new man in.
Jimmy Neesham is back!
MS Dhoni is the new man in!
Mitchell Snatner is on!
Jimmy Neesham is on now!
Colin de Grandhomme to have a go with the ball now. Tom Latham is standing up for him.
Drinks Break! New Zealand are all over India here. They have scalped 4 but Pant is out in the middle and more importantly he is looking good. He has had his fair share of luck go his way as Neesham drooped a sitter. India need Pant and Hardik Pandya to consolidate and steady this run chase.
Lockie Ferguson is into the attack now. The platform is well set for Ferguson to cause damage. He has been New Zealand's best bowler in this World Cup.
Hardik Pandya walks out to bat now.
Powerplay 2 time! Now 4 fielders can now be placed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.
Dinesh Karthik is the new man in. He surely wouldn't have expected to bat so soon. India in dire straights and he will have to show his calm, composure nature.
Two early wickets, so now who walks out at number 4 now? Rishabh Pant, who has been batting there since his introduction in this World Cup side or the experienced Dhoni or Karthik? India have stuck with Pant and he will bat at number 4.
A big moment in the game! Kohli has been given out LBW but he has reviewed. Looks out to be honest.
Out walks the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli. The master of run chases is what he is fondly called as. His team have lost their best batsmen of the tournament and now he will have to play a captain's knock.
Matt Henry to bowl with the second new ball.
We are back for the chase! The Indian openers, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma make their way out to the middle. Rohit Sharma will be on strike and he will face Trent Boult who has the first new ball in hand. Here we go...