ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

India vs New Zealand - 1st Semi Final

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

Date & Time: 09 July 2019

India 221/10

RR: 4.46 | New Zealand beat India by 18 runs

commentary

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.

49.3
0
J Neesham to Y Chahal, OUT! There is a big edge and that is it, NEW ZEALAND ARE INTO THE FINALS! They win by 18 runs! Neesham gets the last man. Another slower one around off, Chahal goes for the heave across the line but the ball goes off the top edge towards the keeper who takes it by diving forward. An appeal and the umpire raises the finger. Chahal reviews and Ultra Edge shows that there is a spike.

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.

49.2
0
J Neesham to Y Chahal, Edged but short! More importantly a dot. Even 4 boundaries won't do it. 4 biggies needed. Slower one outside off, Chahal swings but gets an outside edge which falls short of the keeper.
49.1
4
J Neesham to Y Chahal, FOUR! Perfect start for India! Poor ball this with fine leg up. On the pads, Chahal flicks it to the fine leg fence. 5 more, India will be hoping for from Chahal.

Also, Jimmy Neesham to bowl the last over.

Jasprit Bumrah is the last man in.

48.6
0
L Ferguson to B Kumar, OUT! Bowled! Brilliant from Lockie. He steams in and bowls a slower one at 121 kph. Bhuvneshwar is completely taken by surprise. He looks to defend but misses and the ball goes onto hit the off pole. What an over this has been! Yes the first ball went for a six, but that run out and this bowled has sealed the game for New Zealand. 23 needed off the last over.
48.5
1
L Ferguson to Y Chahal, Full on middle, Chahal flicks it to the right of mid-wicket. Chahal runs the first hard but he has to be happy with that because the fielder gets to the ball in a flash.
48.4
0
L Ferguson to Y Chahal, Full on off, Chahal cannot di much but just defend it to cover.

Yuzvendra Chahal walks out to bat now. Can he do something magical with the bat?

48.3
1
L Ferguson to MS Dhoni, OUT! Dhoni is short! Out flashes on the big screen and New Zealand have probably ensured their place in the final. That sensational through has just broken so many Indian hearts. A direct hit is the only thing that could have got Dhoni there. Jadeja did it earlier in the day for India. Now Guptill returns the favor. This is a short delivery around middle, Dhoni goes for the pull but the ball skids on and Dhoni ends up mistiming it towards square leg. They take one, they had to go for a second. They do so. The bowler is seen running after the ball so there is no one at the stumps at either end. Colin though gets to the stumps at the striker's end. Guptill picks the ball up and fires it at the stumps at the striker's end. De Grandhomme does really well to not put his hand in the middle and it hits bull's eye. The Kiwi players are appealing and the umpire takes it upstairs. Replays show that Dhoni is just short. New Zealand players are elated. Guptill is over the moon. Brilliant!

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.

48.2
0
L Ferguson to MS Dhoni, A dot to follow! Slower one and fuller in length, Dhoni pushes it back to the bowler.
48.1
6
L Ferguson to MS Dhoni, SIX! That is brute power! The crowd is going bonkers. Outrageous. Ideal start to the over. This is short and it is a slower one outside off. Dhoni has to generate all the power. He waits for it and then slaps it over the cover fence for a biggie. 25 in 11.

Lockie Ferguson is back on!

47.6
1
T Boult to MS Dhoni, Short ball on off, Dhoni pulls it right of deep mid-wicket. There was two on offer but Dhoni takes just one and one can understand why. Excellent over from Boult. 6 runs and more importantly the big wicket of Jadeja.

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?

47.5
0
T Boult to R Jadeja, OUT! Caught! Boult breaking Indian hearts here. This has been a world class over from Boult. He had gone for just 5 runs in this over. Jadeja had to go for it. Fuller on off, Jadeja swings his bat at it but he gets a top edge on that one. The ball goes high and to the right of mid off. Williamson moves to that side and keeps his eyes on the ball. In this pressure movement, the Kiwi skipper does well and holds onto the catch. End of a brave, courageous innings from Jadeja. His innings has seen India resurrect in this chase.
47.4
1
T Boult to MS Dhoni, On the pads, Dhoni turns it behind square on the leg side and gets a single.
47.3
1
T Boult to R Jadeja, Brilliant this. Boult bowls a yorker on middle, Jadeja does well to squeeze it towards long on. Jadeja wanted two but Dhoni says no.
47.2
1
T Boult to MS Dhoni, Slower and full on off, Dhoni strokes it towards cover and takes a single.

Boult pulls out of his runup. Maybe he missed his runup there.

47.1
2
T Boult to MS Dhoni, Fielding! Brilliant this from Santner. Slower ball on a length, Dhoni pulls it hard through mid-wicket. Santner runs to his right and saves a certain boundary with a dive. Saves two runs for his side.
46.6
1
M Henry to MS Dhoni, A single to end a top class over from Henry. just the 5 singles from it. On a length and around off, Dhoni guides it to point for one. 37 needed in 18.
46.5
1
M Henry to R Jadeja, Another single! Shorter in length and outside off, Jadeja guides it towards short third man for one.
46.4
1
M Henry to MS Dhoni, Another single! Dhoni still has decided not to go after the bowlers. This is angled into the batter. Dhoni works it through square leg for one.
46.3
1
M Henry to R Jadeja, Just the one! Singles won't harm New Zealand. 200 up for India. Shorter and outside off, Jadeja mistimes his cut to point.
46.2
0
M Henry to R Jadeja, A dot! Slightly shorter and outside off, Jadeja slashes at it but misses.
46.1
1
M Henry to MS Dhoni, Back of a length around off, Dhoni guides it to point and gives the strike to Jadeja.

Matt Henry is back on! He has bowled really well here but the pressure will be on him. Can he finish well?

45.6
1
T Boult to MS Dhoni, A single to end! Shorter and on middle, Dhoni pulls it behind square on the leg side for one. 10 runs from this over too. 42 needed in 4.
45.5
1
T Boult to R Jadeja, Slower short ball on off, Jadeja pulls it through square leg and takes one.
45.4
4
T Boult to R Jadeja, EDGY FOUR! Fortunate boundary but India won't care how they come as long as they come. This is a slower one around off, Jadeja looks to play it on the leg side but it goes off the outside edge and down to the third man fence.
45.3
1
T Boult to MS Dhoni, Good length and around off, Dhoni pushes it towards cover and takes one. The 100-run stand up. Magical stand to be honest, India were down and out when Jadeja came out to bat but this stand has brought them right back into the game. They need to complete the job though.
45.2
1
T Boult to R Jadeja, A brilliant yorker on middle, Jadeja works it through mid-wicket and takes one.
45.1
2
T Boult to R Jadeja, Another couple! Shorter in length and on middle, Jadeja pulls it wide of long on and takes two.

Trent Boult is on now. Can he pull this game back in New Zealand's favour?

44.6
0
L Ferguson to MS Dhoni, A dot to end but still 10 in the over! A leave at this stage, just shows how calm Dhoni is at the moment. Outside off, Dhoni lets it go. 52 needed in 30.
44.5
1
L Ferguson to R Jadeja, A single now! A low full toss on middle, this is worked through square leg for one.
44.4
6
L Ferguson to R Jadeja, SIX! All the way! Probably the shot of the match. That strike was extremely clean. He even held the pose there. Slower one and fuller on off, Jadeja lofts it nonchalantly over the mid off fielder and it goes all the way.
44.3
1
L Ferguson to MS Dhoni, Just the one this time! Back of a length on off, Dhoni pushes it towards cover.
44.2
2
L Ferguson to MS Dhoni, Two now! Fuller and outside off, Dhoni hits it through cover and wide of the sweeper for two.
44.1
0
L Ferguson to MS Dhoni, A yorker on middle, not many batsman could hit that out of the ground. Even Dhoni could only jam it out to covers.
43.6
1
J Neesham to MS Dhoni, Good fielding! Shorter and outside off, Dhoni looks to guide it past point but Taylor moves swiftly to his right and stops it with a slide. Just the single. Another good over for New Zealand. 62 needed in the last 6.
43.6
0
J Neesham to MS Dhoni, WIDE! The slower one went wrong there. This is outside the tramline on the off side and the umpire has wided it.
43.5
1
J Neesham to R Jadeja, Shorter and on middle, Jadeja pulls it through square leg for one.
43.4
2
J Neesham to R Jadeja, In the air... but short! Luck is favoring India at the moment. You just get a feeling it is Jadeja's day. This is fuller and outside off, Jadeja looks to go over the long on fence but it goes off the toe-end towards the fielder there. Henry runs in and dives forward but fails to get to it. The ball hits his body and goes behind him but the fielder recovers and keeps it down to two.
43.3
0
J Neesham to R Jadeja, Another dot! Shorter and outside off, Jadeja guides it to short third man.
43.2
0
J Neesham to R Jadeja, Just short! Heart in the mouth moment for Jadeja. This is shorter and it is slower in pace. Jadeja looks to pull but gets a top edge. It goes uppishly but well short of Taylor at short fine leg. He did dive forward but could not reach it. A dot. Not sure why Dhoni did not run there.
43.1
2
J Neesham to R Jadeja, Easy two! Fuller and on the pads, this is worked towards wide long on and the batters take two.
42.6
1
L Ferguson to R Jadeja, Yes, he can! Just the single on the last ball. This is fuller and around off, Jadeja pushes it towards cover for one.
42.5
0
L Ferguson to R Jadeja, A good short one, it is well-directed. Jadeja works it to the left of the bowler. Another dot. This is a good over till now, needs to end it well.
42.4
1
L Ferguson to MS Dhoni, Outside off again, Dhoni slashes at it and it goes down to third man for one.
42.3
0
L Ferguson to MS Dhoni, Outside off but inside the tramline. Dhoni lets it be.
42.2
0
L Ferguson to MS Dhoni, Back of a length on off, Dhoni pushes it to covers.
42.1
1
L Ferguson to R Jadeja, Shorter and around off, Jadeja guides it down to third man for one.

Lockie Ferguson is back!

41.6
1
J Neesham to R Jadeja, Outside off on a length, Jadeja milks it down to point and keeps the strike. 72 needed off the last 8 overs.
41.6
0
J Neesham to R Jadeja, WIDE! Pressure on Neesham. He bowls this full down the leg side, Jadeja looks to flick but misses. Wide signalled.
41.5
2
J Neesham to R Jadeja, FIFTY FOR JADEJA! He is ecstatic, there have been some criticism on his way but he has stood tall and is taking India home single handedly. He gets to his 11th and most important ODI fifty with a flick wide of mid-wicket and gets a couple. He does his trademark celebration, brandishing his bat like a sword.
41.4
4
J Neesham to R Jadeja, FOUR! Jadeja is hitting the ball with his bat as if he is hitting it with a sword. Back of a length ball on off, Jadeja pulls it through mid-wicket. Taylor at short mid-wicket misfields. the ball goes past him for a boundary.
41.3
1
J Neesham to MS Dhoni, Good length ball on off, Dhoni tucks it towards square leg and gets a single.
41.2
0
J Neesham to MS Dhoni, Very well bowled. Off cuteer outside off, Dhoni swings his bat at it but misses.
41.1
0
J Neesham to MS Dhoni, Starts his new spell with a slower ball on top of middle and off, Dhoni taps it back to the bowler.

Jimmy Neesham is back.

40.6
0
M Santner to R Jadeja, Short of the fielder! This is on middle and it turns back in. Jadeja looks to flick but it goes uppishly but well short of mid-wicket. Expensive end to Santner's spell. 9 from his 10th. An excellent bowling display by him today. His figures are 10-2-34-2.
40.5
6
M Santner to R Jadeja, SIX! He has picked the bones out of that one! Jadeja showing his class with the bat. He comes down the track and once again gets to the pitch of the ball. Lofts it with the turn over the mid-wicket fence.
40.4
0
M Santner to R Jadeja, On middle, Jadeja works it to mid-wicket.
40.3
1
M Santner to MS Dhoni, Good bowling! This starts from outside off and drifts back in. Dhoni goes back and looks to work it on the leg side but gets an inside edge which goes close past the leg stump and down towards fine leg for one.
40.2
2
M Santner to MS Dhoni, Good running again! Dhoni comes down the track but Santner bowls it short. Dhoni works it with soft hands towards square leg and the batters take two.
40.1
0
M Santner to MS Dhoni, Flatter and on middle, this is pushed back to the bowler.

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.

39.6
2
L Ferguson to R Jadeja, Two to end another excellent over for India. Also, the 150 is up for them. This is shorter and on the body, this is flicked through mid-wicket for two. 90 needed in the last 10.
39.6
0
L Ferguson to R Jadeja, Way too down the leg side, Jadeja looks to flick but misses. Wided. Maybe New Zealand are now feeling the pressure.
39.5
1
L Ferguson to MS Dhoni, On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one. So the idea is clear, Jadeja will be going after the bowlers and Dhoni will nudge it around for now.
39.4
1
L Ferguson to R Jadeja, A single now! Ferguson goes for a yorker but ends up bowling a full toss. Jadeja works it through mid-wicket for one.
39.3
0
L Ferguson to R Jadeja, Fuller and on middle, Jadeja hits it hard but straight to mid on. So two dots after the boundary.
39.2
0
L Ferguson to R Jadeja, A slower short ball this time, Jadeja mistimes it to mid-wicket.
39.1
4
L Ferguson to R Jadeja, FOUR! Just out of the reach! Ideal start to the over for India. Short and on the body, Jadeja looks to pull but it goes off the gloves and past the diving Latham for a boundary. Also, the 50-run stand is up. The two are keeping the hopes of India alive. Still a long way to go though.

Lockie Ferguson is back! 6-0-13-0, his figures so far.

38.6
1
M Santner to R Jadeja, Runs needed now below 100! This is on the pads, Jadeja sweeps it towards backward square leg and takes one. An excellent over for India, 10 from it.
38.5
0
M Santner to R Jadeja, Jadeja looks to make room again but Santner fires it on middle, RJ works it to mid-wicket.
38.4
6
M Santner to R Jadeja, SIX! That is out of here! Jadeja is playing a real gem here. He steps out early and gets to the pitch of it. He smashes it over the long on fence. Runs needed now exactly 100.
38.3
1
M Santner to MS Dhoni, Darts it on the pads, Dhoni works it through square leg for one.
38.2
1
M Santner to R Jadeja, On middle, Jadeja works it through square leg for one.
38.2
0
M Santner to R Jadeja, Down the leg side, Jadeja looks to help it on its way but misses. Wided.
38.1
0
M Santner to R Jadeja, Flatter and on the pads, this is worked to backward square leg.
37.6
1
M Henry to R Jadeja, A single to to end the over! So just 5 from it despite it going for a boundary. Shorter and outside off, Jadeja slaps it through covers for one.
37.5
0
M Henry to R Jadeja, Another dot! Shorter and outside off, this is a seam-up ball. Jadeja looks to cut but misses.
37.4
0
M Henry to R Jadeja, One more dot! Slower short ball outside off, Jadeja is early in the pull shot and he misses it.
37.3
0
M Henry to R Jadeja, Good length and around off, Jadeja pushes it to covers.
37.2
4
M Henry to R Jadeja, FOUR! One bounce and over the rope! The crowd has found its voice back again. Slightly shorter and on middle, Jadeja picks the length early and pulls it over the mid-wicket fielder for a boundary.
37.1
0
M Henry to R Jadeja, Shorter in length and outside off, Jadeja guides it to point.
36.6
0
M Santner to MS Dhoni, Play and a miss. Flighted outside off, Dhoni looks to drive but misses.
36.5
1
M Santner to R Jadeja, Floated on middle and leg, Jadeja flicks it to the on side and gets to the other end.
36.4
0
M Santner to R Jadeja, On the pads again, Jadeja turns it to short fine leg.
36.3
1
M Santner to MS Dhoni, Tossed up around off, Dhoni comes down the track and glances it to square leg for one.
36.2
0
M Santner to MS Dhoni, Flatter on middle and off, Dhoni defends it off the front foot.
36.1
1
M Santner to R Jadeja, On the pads, Jadeja turns it to square leg and gets a single.
35.6
0
M Henry to MS Dhoni, Was that an edge? No. Off the thigh pad. This is around off and it comes back in. Dhoni looks to work it on the leg side but it goes off the pads to the keeper who takes it with a dive. An appeal but the umpire shakes his head.

Henry pulls out at the very end. He may have missed his run-up.

35.5
0
M Henry to MS Dhoni, Back of a length on off, Dhoni pushes it to covers.
35.5
0
M Henry to MS Dhoni, WIDE! Too short and it has been wided.
35.4
0
M Henry to MS Dhoni, Cut him into half! This lands around off and then jags back in. Dhoni plays outside the line and the ball goes between bat and pad.
35.3
1
M Henry to R Jadeja, On the shorter side and outside off, Jadeja pulls it through square leg for one.
35.2
1
M Henry to MS Dhoni, Shorter and outside off, Dhoni pushes it through covers for one.
35.1
1
M Henry to R Jadeja, Shorter in length and on middle, Jadeja works it through mid-wicket for one.

Matt Henry is back on.

34.6
0
M Santner to MS Dhoni, Tossed up on off, Dhoni defends it off the front foot. 5 runs off this one.
34.5
1
M Santner to R Jadeja, On the pads, Jadeja flicks it towards deep mid-wicket and gets a single.
34.4
2
M Santner to R Jadeja, Brilliant running this. On the pads, Jadeja turns it behind square on the leg side. He runs the first one hard and this time Dhoni says yes for the two and they get it.
34.3
0
M Santner to R Jadeja, Floated on middle and leg, Jadeja defends it off the front foot.
34.2
1
M Santner to MS Dhoni, Shorter around off, Dhoni punches it to sweeper cover and gets one.
34.1
1
M Santner to R Jadeja, Had Santner collected it, that would have been close. Floated on the pads, Jadeja flicks it to mid-wicket and looks for two. The fielder though gets to the ball quickly. Dhoni sees it and sends Jaddu back. The throw is a good one at the bowler's end but Santner fails to collect it.

Mitchell Santner is back! H was brilliant in his first spell. Can he do the same again?

33.6
1
T Boult to R Jadeja, Short ball around the body, Jadeja pulls it to deep square leg and keeps the strike. 126 needed off 96 balls.
33.5
1
T Boult to MS Dhoni, Outside off on a length, Dhoni punches it to sweeper cover and gets a run.
33.4
0
T Boult to MS Dhoni, Follows it up with a clam, sensible front foot defense.
33.3
4
T Boult to MS Dhoni, FOUR! Very well played. Low full toss on off, Dhoni does not go hard after it but times it well through mid off. The fielder from mid off gives it a chase but it's in vain. First boundary of the game for MS.
33.2
0
T Boult to MS Dhoni, Boult is a lucky man. He serves a full toss outside off, Dhoni hits it hard but the man at short cover dives to his right and saves runs.
33.1
1
T Boult to R Jadeja, Good length ball around off now, Jadeja runs it down to third man and gets to the other end.
33.1
0
T Boult to R Jadeja, WIDE! Very full but down the leg side. Jadeja looks to flick but misses. Wide signalled.
32.6
2
J Neesham to MS Dhoni, Overthrow! Shorter and on the body, this is worked down to fine leg. Dhoni takes the first run hard and wants a second but slips as he turns for it. The fielder there scores a direct hit at the striker's end and the ball deflects away from the keeper. Another run is taken. 9 from the over, an excellent one for India.
32.5
0
J Neesham to MS Dhoni, Good length and on off, this is pushed to covers.
32.4
1
J Neesham to R Jadeja, Shorter and outside off, this is played late down to third man for one.
32.3
6
J Neesham to R Jadeja, SIX! First six of the game and it comes off the bat of Jadeja. Some shot this. He steps down the track and lofts it over the long on fence with ease. 100 up for India. Also, are these signs that Jadeja has now stepped on the gas?
32.2
0
J Neesham to R Jadeja, Good length and on off, this is pushed to covers.
32.1
0
J Neesham to R Jadeja, On middle, the batter hits it to mid on.
31.6
0
T Boult to MS Dhoni, Slower and shorter in length outside off, Dhoni looks to pull but is early in the shot. It goes off the bottom on the off side.
31.5
1
T Boult to R Jadeja, On the shorter side and on the body, Jadeja pulls it through square leg for one.
31.4
0
T Boult to R Jadeja, On off, Jadeja pushes it to covers.
31.3
1
T Boult to MS Dhoni, Another one outside off, Dhoni pushes it through covers for one.
31.2
0
T Boult to MS Dhoni, Outside off, this is pushed to covers.
31.2
0
T Boult to MS Dhoni, Outside off, the batter leaves it alone. Wided!
31.1
0
T Boult to MS Dhoni, Shorter and outside off, Dhoni looks to pull but misses.

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.

30.6
1
M Santner to MS Dhoni, Slower in the air but short Dhoni flat bats it to long on for one.
30.5
0
M Santner to MS Dhoni, Flighted on off, Dhoni pushes it to cover.
30.4
1
M Santner to R Jadeja, On the pads, Jadeja flicks it to the on side and gets off the mark.

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.

30.3
0
M Santner to H Pandya, OUT! Caught! Santner has got rid of the dangerous, dangerous Hardik Pandya. Hardik was playing the spinner unlike his usual self. He is known to be a spin tormentor but here he was playing the waiting game against Santner. He defended the first two deliveries of this over too. Santner flights this one and tempts Pandya to go for it. Hardik goes for the big slog sweep, he does not get any timing on it and ends up top edging it. The ball goes behind short mid-wicket. Kane Williamson does really well moving backwards. He keeps his eyes on the ball and the skipper takes a brilliant catch. This catch is not as flashy as the one Neesham took of Karthik but trust me, this is one of the toughest catches to take. 148 needed off 117 now. With the run rate climbing up and up this wicket might just be the final nail in the coffin in this chase.
30.2
0
M Santner to H Pandya, Floated on off, Pandya defends it towards cover and calls a loud no to his partner.
30.1
0
M Santner to H Pandya, Flatter on off, Pandya defends it towards point.
29.6
1
J Neesham to H Pandya, Pandya had to get bat to that! A slower one on middle, Pandya shuffles across and flicks it through square leg for one. 7 from the over, a good one for India.
29.5
3
J Neesham to MS Dhoni, Three now! This is on a length and outside off, Dhoni pushes it past cover. The fielder in the deep runs to his right and pushes it back in with a slide. Saves a run for his side.
29.4
2
J Neesham to MS Dhoni, Good shot but only for two! A good length ball around off, Dhoni hits it past covers and bags two.
29.3
0
J Neesham to MS Dhoni, On the stumps, Dhoni works it to mid-wicket.
29.2
1
J Neesham to H Pandya, Shorter in length and outside off, Pandya slaps it through covers for one.
29.1
0
J Neesham to H Pandya, On the fuller side around off, Pandya hits it to mid off.

Jimmy Neesham is back!

28.6
0
M Santner to MS Dhoni, Flatter and on middle, Dhoni defends it out. Another top class over from Santner. He is just choking the Indian batters for runs. His economy rate is 1 per over.
28.5
0
M Santner to MS Dhoni, On the off pole, Dhoni once again hits it back to the bowler.
28.4
0
M Santner to MS Dhoni, Slower through the air on middle, Dhoni pushes it back to the bowler.
28.3
2
M Santner to MS Dhoni, Slightly shorter and outside off, Dhoni cuts it through point for two.
28.2
0
M Santner to MS Dhoni, One more dot as this delivery is pushed to covers.
28.1
0
M Santner to MS Dhoni, Flatter and on off, Dhoni pushes it to point.
27.6
0
L Ferguson to H Pandya, Back of a length and on off, this is defended. Run rate needed now is above 7. 157 needed in 132.
27.5
0
L Ferguson to H Pandya, A good bouncer! Right on the body of HP. He ducks under it in time.
27.4
1
L Ferguson to MS Dhoni, A good short one on middle, Dhoni pulls it, there is a short backward square leg. He gets him past him and down to fine leg for one.
27.3
0
L Ferguson to MS Dhoni, Outside off and Dhoni shoulders arms to it. Three dots.
27.2
0
L Ferguson to MS Dhoni, Another back of a length delivery, Dhoni defends it out.
27.1
0
L Ferguson to MS Dhoni, On the stumps, Dhoni pushes it to mid off.
26.6
1
M Santner to MS Dhoni, A single to end! Just the two from the over. Dhoni works it towards square leg and keeps strike. Santner's figures are 4-2-3-1 so far.
26.5
0
M Santner to MS Dhoni, On the fuller side on off, Dhoni pushes it back to the bowler.
26.4
0
M Santner to MS Dhoni, On off and this is fired in, Dhoni pushes it to covers.
26.3
0
M Santner to MS Dhoni, On the stumps, Dhoni keeps it out.
26.2
1
M Santner to H Pandya, HP works it with the angle through square leg for one.
26.1
0
M Santner to H Pandya, Flatter and on middle, Pandya prods forward and keeps it out. Runs just not coming at the moment and that will only keep building the pressure.
25.6
0
L Ferguson to MS Dhoni, On top of off, Dhoni defends it to cover.
25.5
1
L Ferguson to H Pandya, On off and on a length, Pandya turns it to square leg and gets to the other end. Pandya wanted the second but Dhoni straighaway refused.
25.4
0
L Ferguson to H Pandya, Full around off, Pandya strokes it to the on side but finds the man at short mid-wicket.
25.3
0
L Ferguson to H Pandya, Nice, solid front foot defense from Hardik to this fuller ball on off.
25.2
0
L Ferguson to H Pandya, Good length ball around off, Hardik taps it towards backward point.
25.1
2
L Ferguson to H Pandya, Fuller on off, Pandya flicks it wide of mid-wicket and gets a couple

Lockie Ferguson is back!

24.6
1
M Santner to H Pandya, First run of Santner! This is flatter and on middle, Pandya works it towards square leg and takes one. Just the two from the over. 163 needed now in 150.
24.5
0
M Santner to H Pandya, Flatter and on middle, Pandya prods forward and defends it out.
24.4
0
M Santner to H Pandya, On the stumps, this is kept out.
24.3
0
M Santner to H Pandya, On off and it turns away. Pandya looks to push at it but it goes off the outer half to point.
24.2
0
M Santner to MS Dhoni, A leg bye now! This is fired on the pads, Dhoni looks to flick but misses. It goes off the pads towards short fine leg for one.
24.1
0
M Santner to MS Dhoni, Flatter and on off, Dhoni pushes it to covers.
23.6
2
J Neesham to H Pandya, On the shorter side, Pandya pulls it through mid-wicket for two.
23.5
1
J Neesham to MS Dhoni, Dhoni is off the mark! This is very full and outside off, Dhoni hits it past point for one.
23.4
0
J Neesham to MS Dhoni, Outside off but inside the tramline. Dhoni lets it be.
23.3
1
J Neesham to H Pandya, A little too straight, Pandya works it towards square leg for one.
23.2
0
J Neesham to H Pandya, Shorter and outside off, Pandya cuts it hard but to point. The fielder fumbles but no runs conceded.
23.1
0
J Neesham to H Pandya, On a good length and Pandya keeps it out.
22.6
0
M Santner to MS Dhoni, Very full and on off, Dhoni jams it out to the bowler. Another maiden but this time a wicket also.

MS Dhoni is the new man in!

22.5
0
M Santner to R Pant, OUT! Pant holes out! He has thrown it away, he has literally thrown it away. Kohli is just not happy in the dressing room and rightly so. That is how Pant plays though. Santner is the partnership breaker. It was always going to be gamble to get him on against these two but it has come off. Santner bowls this outside off, Pant looks to drag it over the mid-wicket fence as he plays the slog sweep. He does not time it really well and it goes to the right Colin de Granhomme at deep mid-wicket who takes it by running towards that direction. All those dot balls bowled by Santner paid dividends. Half the side back in the hut for India and New Zealand continue to hold the upper hand in the game. 169 needed in 163.
22.4
0
M Santner to R Pant, Fires it on off, Pant once again blocks it out. 10 dot balls in a row for Santner.
22.3
0
M Santner to R Pant, On the stumps again, Pant flicks it to mid-wicket.
22.2
0
M Santner to R Pant, On the pads, Pant works it to short fine leg.
22.1
0
M Santner to R Pant, This is flatter and on middle, Pant defends.
21.6
0
J Neesham to H Pandya, Another dot to end! This is on middle, Pandya works it to mid-wicket. So back-to-back good overs for India.
21.5
0
J Neesham to H Pandya, Good delivery! This is bowled on off and this one jags back in. Pandya somehow keeps it out to mid on.
21.4
0
J Neesham to H Pandya, On the shorter side outside off, Pandya guides it to point.
21.3
1
J Neesham to R Pant, On the shorter side and on the body, this is nudged around the corner for one.
21.2
0
J Neesham to R Pant, Better from Pant! This is just outside off, Pant shoulders arms to this one.
21.1
0
J Neesham to R Pant, Poor shot! This is behind a fuller length outside off, Pant throws his bat at it away from his body but gets beaten.
20.6
0
M Santner to H Pandya, A maiden to begin with by Santner. This is shorter and around off, Pandya pushes it to the left of the bowler who dives and stops it.
20.5
0
M Santner to H Pandya, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
20.4
0
M Santner to H Pandya, On the stumps, Pandya plays another defensive stroke.
20.3
0
M Santner to H Pandya, Flatter and on middle, Pandya goes back and keeps it out.
20.2
0
M Santner to H Pandya, Full and on off, this is hit back to the bowler.
20.1
0
M Santner to H Pandya, Floats it up on off, Pandya strokes it to covers.

Mitchell Snatner is on!

19.6
4
J Neesham to R Pant, FOUR! Spoils the over! Short and wide outside off, Pant throws his bat at it. The ball finds the outside edge and goes to the third man fence.
19.6
0
J Neesham to R Pant, Way too wide outside off, this is left alone. The umpire wides it.
19.5
0
J Neesham to R Pant, On the fuller side, the batter pushes it to mid off.
19.4
1
J Neesham to H Pandya, A little too straight, this is worked to mid-wicket for one.
19.3
2
J Neesham to H Pandya, A better throw and Pandya would have been in trouble! Shorter and on the body, Pandya pulls it to the left of fine leg. The batters take one and then go for the second. Ferguson picks the ball up and throws it wide of the keeper who collects it, then moves to his left and whips the bails off. Pandya makes it in by then.
19.2
0
J Neesham to H Pandya, Another one on a length and around off, this is defended.
19.1
0
J Neesham to H Pandya, Starts off with a good length ball on off, it is blocked.

Jimmy Neesham is on now!

18.6
0
L Ferguson to R Pant, Back of a length on off, Pant guides it to point.
18.5
0
L Ferguson to R Pant, Good length ball on off, Pant strokes it to the man at point.
18.4
0
L Ferguson to R Pant, Full on middle and leg, Pant pushes it to mid on.
18.3
0
L Ferguson to R Pant, Back of a length ball on off, Pant gets on his toes and keeps it down.
18.2
2
L Ferguson to R Pant, Good shot but very well fielded in the deep by Neesham. Good length ball on the body, Pant plays a short arm pull towards square leg. Neesham runs to his left from deep mid-wicket and saves a certain boundary.
18.1
0
L Ferguson to R Pant, Play and a miss. Full outside off, it goes with the angle. Pant looks to drive it but gets beaten.
17.6
1
de Grandhomme to R Pant, Around off, Pant guides it down the third man region and gets a single. He keeps the strike. 9 runs off the over without any risk. The two youngsters who are known for their flashy cricket are doing smart work here.
17.5
1
de Grandhomme to H Pandya, Good length ball on middle, Hardik flicks it to mid-wicket and gets just one.
17.4
2
de Grandhomme to H Pandya, Once again the length is full on middle and off, Pandya flicks it wide of mid-wicket and gets another brace.
17.3
2
de Grandhomme to H Pandya, Good running and smartly played too. Full on middle and leg, Pandya flicks it with soft hands towards the fine leg region. They run the first hard and call for the second. The fielder from mid-wicket gets to the ball but cannot stop the second.
17.2
2
de Grandhomme to H Pandya, Back of a length ball on the pads, Hardik glances it wide of square leg and gets a couple.
17.2
0
de Grandhomme to H Pandya, WIDE! De Grandhomme bowls it full but down the leg side, Hardik shuffles and looks to flick but misses. Wide signalled.
17.1
0
de Grandhomme to H Pandya, Good length ball on off, Pandya pushes it to cover.
16.6
1
L Ferguson to H Pandya, Another single to end! Good length and outside off, Pandya guides it down to third man and takes one.
16.5
1
L Ferguson to R Pant, On the pads, this is worked down to fine leg for one. 50 up for India.
16.4
0
L Ferguson to R Pant, On middle, Pant pushes hard at it, he ends up chipping it uppishly but well short of short mid on.
16.4
0
L Ferguson to R Pant, Short and down the leg side, Pant looks to help it on its way but misses. Wided!
16.3
0
L Ferguson to R Pant, On the fuller side this time on off, Pant pushes it to mid on.
16.2
0
L Ferguson to R Pant, Shorter and on middle, Pant stands tall and defends it out.
16.1
1
L Ferguson to H Pandya, In the air... but safe! Is this signs of the luck moving into India's favor? A dropped catch early on and now one which falls short. A good short one on middle, it hurries onto the batter. Pandya looks to pull but gets a top edge which balloons over mid-wicket for one.
15.6
1
de Grandhomme to H Pandya, Pandya shuffles across and works this from outside off towards mid on for one.
15.5
0
de Grandhomme to H Pandya, On the fuller side and outside off, Pandya pushes it to covers.
15.4
0
de Grandhomme to H Pandya, Well bowled! This is just outside off, Pandya shoulders arms to this one.
15.3
1
de Grandhomme to R Pant, One more excellent effort in the field! Shorter and outside off, Pant slaps it towards point. Guptill dives to his left and sticks out a hand to save three for his side.
15.2
0
de Grandhomme to R Pant, Corrects his line this time and lands it on off, Pant keeps it out.
15.1
2
de Grandhomme to R Pant, Starts off with a delivery on the pads, this is flicked through backward square leg for two.

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.

14.6
0
L Ferguson to H Pandya, One more dot to end a good over by Ferguson! Back of a length ball on off, this is defended.
14.5
0
L Ferguson to H Pandya, One more delivery on a length and outside off, the batter lets it be.
14.4
0
L Ferguson to H Pandya, Back of a length again on off, Pandya guides it to point.
14.3
0
L Ferguson to H Pandya, Goes for a yorker but ends up bowling a low full toss. Pandya just about gets his bat down in time and keeps it out.
14.2
1
L Ferguson to R Pant, Quick run! Fuller and outside off, Pant goes hard at it but mistimes it towards mid off for one.
14.1
0
L Ferguson to R Pant, Another back of a length ball on middle, Pant guides it to point.
13.6
0
M Henry to H Pandya, Another dot to end! Fuller and on off, Pandya pushes it to mid off.
13.5
0
M Henry to H Pandya, Once again on a good length around off, Pandya pushes it to covers.
13.4
0
M Henry to H Pandya, Goes back to bowling length and outside off, the batter shoulders arms to it.
13.3
4
M Henry to H Pandya, FOUR! Lovely back foot punch! Slightly shorter and outside off, it sits up to be hit. Pandya goes back and punches it past the diving cover fielder and the ball races away to the fence.
13.2
0
M Henry to H Pandya, Back of a length and on off, Pandya pushes it to covers.
13.1
0
M Henry to H Pandya, Another good length ball outside off, Pandya shoulders arms to it.
13.1
0
M Henry to H Pandya, This is down the leg side, Pandya looks to flick but misses. Wided.
12.6
0
L Ferguson to R Pant, Another ball on off, Pant defends it out. 2 from Ferguson's first. He could have had a wicket too. India need another 203 in 222 balls.
12.5
0
L Ferguson to R Pant, Back of a length and on middle, Pant goes back and defends it onto the ground.
12.4
0
L Ferguson to R Pant, Bangs it just behind a length on off, Pant pushes it to covers.
12.3
0
L Ferguson to R Pant, On a good length again, Pant defends it out.
12.2
1
L Ferguson to H Pandya, Good length and on off, Pandya guides it to point for one.
12.1
1
L Ferguson to R Pant, DROPPED! Cricket is a great leveler, isn't it? Neesham who took a brilliant catch before, drops a sitter now. This could prove very costly as Pant is looking very good out there. Ferguson almost strikes on the very first ball. It is on the pads, Pant whips it, does not keep it down though. It goes towards Neesham at mid-wicket who gets two hands to it but the ball bursts through and a single is taken.

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.

11.6
0
M Henry to H Pandya, A solid defense to end! On middle, Pandya pushes it to mid off.
11.5
0
M Henry to H Pandya, BEATEN! Once again an Indian batsman is not sure whether to play at it or not. This is outside off, Pandya initially looks to play at it but then bails out in time.
11.4
1
M Henry to R Pant, A direct hit and that would have been close! New Zealand have their tails up here. This is fuller and outside off, Pant strokes it towards extra cover. The batters take off. Pant is actually jogging to the other end but then starts sprinting as he sees Santner stop it with a dive to his left. MS picks the ball up and has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. Pant's dive would have saved him though.
11.3
0
M Henry to R Pant, Another cracking shot! Shorter and outside off, Pant stands tall and guides it to point.
11.2
4
M Henry to R Pant, FOUR! Excellent pull shot! He was in total control there. Shorter in length and on the body, Pant gets on top of the bounce and pulls it fine on the leg side for a boundary.
11.1
0
M Henry to R Pant, On the fuller side outside off, Pant mistimes his stroke to mid off.
10.6
4
T Boult to H Pandya, FOUR! Pandya is off the mark but this is just a very bad ball from Boult. It is on the pads, Hardik looks to flick it does not come off the middle but it has enough to send it fine down the leg side to the fine leg fence. New Zealand have done well to build the pressure but balls like these takes them off.
10.6
0
T Boult to H Pandya, WIDE! Boult misses his line and bowls it down the leg side. Pandya looks to flick but misses. Wide signalled.
10.5
0
T Boult to H Pandya, Outside off, Pandya looks to defend but the ball goes with the angle.
10.4
0
T Boult to H Pandya, Full outside off, Pandya leaves it alone to start his innings.
10.3
1
T Boult to R Pant, Well fielded. Full ball on off, Pant pushes it to the left of mid off. Williamson there dives to that side and keeps it down to one.
10.2
0
T Boult to R Pant, Fuller on off, Pant pushes it to cover.
10.1
0
T Boult to R Pant, Beauty! Good length ball pitching just outside off, it keeps straight and then moves away slightly. Pant looks to defend but gets beaten.

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.

9.6
0
M Henry to D Karthik, OUT! In the air... and what a catch that is. Catches win matches and this could be one that could win New Zealand the game. Jimmy Neesham, take a bow. Karthik can't believe it but that is how it is, when you are not in form, it just does not go your way. This is fuller and outside off, Karthik looks to drive it square on the off side but does so uppishly. He plays it ahead of his body and hence, it is aerial. The ball goes low and to the left of point where Neesham dives, stretches his left hand out and the takes it inches above the ground. Third wicket for Henry and New Zealand end the Powerplay 1 with a wicket. All New Zealand at the moment. India are 24 for 4 after the first 10.
9.5
0
M Henry to D Karthik, Another good length ball and Karthik once again blocks it out.
9.4
0
M Henry to D Karthik, Good length and on off, Karthik goes back and defends it onto the ground.
9.3
1
M Henry to R Pant, Well fielded! Shorter in length and outside off, Pant cracks it off the back foot towards point. Neesham there dives and makes a half stop. Saves at least two for his side. A single taken.
9.2
4
M Henry to R Pant, FOUR! Too full and the ball is put away! On the fuller side and outside off, Pant strokes it through extra cover. Mid off does give it a chase but finishes second best. Runs starting to come now for India.
9.1
0
M Henry to R Pant, On the pads, this is worked to mid-wicket.
8.6
2
T Boult to D Karthik, Now two! On the fuller length and this one tails back in. Karthik gets his front pad out of the way and hits it through mid off. Ferguson from mid on covers ground quickly and saves two for his side. A good over for India.
8.5
4
T Boult to D Karthik, FOUR! Karthik is off the mark after 20 balls! This is not such a bad delivery, there is a little room on offer outside off. Karthik just opens the face of the bat and guides it past backward point and the ball races away.
8.4
0
T Boult to D Karthik, Another one on a length and on off, Karthik guides it to point. Brilliant from Boult, he is just not bowling a loose ball to Karthik.
8.3
0
T Boult to D Karthik, This is outside off and slanting away. Karthik lets it be.
8.2
0
T Boult to D Karthik, 18 dots now! On the pads, Karthik works it to square leg.
8.1
0
T Boult to D Karthik, Back of a length on off, Karthik keeps it out. He is yet to get off the mark. 17 balls faced till now.
7.6
0
M Henry to R Pant, Good length ball on the stumps, Pant defends it to get through the over.
7.5
0
M Henry to R Pant, Outside off, Rishabh does not go chasing after it.
7.4
0
M Henry to R Pant, On the stumps, Pant blocks it off the front foot.
7.3
2
M Henry to R Pant, Nice shot but good effort in the field too. Full outside off, Pant drives it to the right of point. The fielder there dives on that side and gets his finger tips on it taking away the pace off the ball. The fielder from third man cleans it up. Two taken.
7.3
0
M Henry to R Pant, WIDE! Bouncer bounces too high. It is away from the body, Pant lets it carry.
7.2
0
M Henry to R Pant, Good length ball on middle, Pant defends it off the front foot.
7.1
0
M Henry to R Pant, Full on middle and off, Pant defends it off the front foot.
6.6
0
T Boult to D Karthik, Beauty! Perfect yorker outside off, Karthik tries to get his bat down in time but he is late.Latham fails to gather it cleanly but no casualty.
6.5
0
T Boult to D Karthik, Back of a length ball on middle and leg, Karthik gets on his toes and defends it.
6.4
0
T Boult to D Karthik, Fuller on middle and leg, Karthik defends it towards mid off.
6.3
0
T Boult to D Karthik, This one has little to no swing on this one. Pitches outside off and goes away with the angle. DK shoulders arms to it.
6.2
0
T Boult to D Karthik, Good length ball on the pads, Karthik tucks it to mid-wicket.
6.1
0
T Boult to D Karthik, Good leave this. Dinesh is showing a lot of calm and awarness here. This one pitches outside off and nips in. Karthik knows where his off stump is and leaves it alone.
5.6
0
M Henry to R Pant, Goes back to bowling length outside off, Pant leaves it alone.
5.5
4
M Henry to R Pant, FOUR! First boundary of the run chase! A gift for Pant. A full toss outside off, Pant just uses the pace and guides it through cover-point. The ball races away to the fence.
5.4
0
M Henry to R Pant, Another good length ball outside off, the batter shoulders arms to it.
5.3
0
M Henry to R Pant, Back of a length on middle, Pant stands tall and keeps it out.
5.2
0
M Henry to R Pant, Once again on a length and around off, Pant pushes it to mid off.
5.1
0
M Henry to R Pant, Another delivery on a good length. Pant defends it to mid on.
4.6
0
T Boult to D Karthik, Shorter in length and on the body, Karthik ducks under it. Just the single from the over.
4.5
0
T Boult to D Karthik, Fuller and outside off, Karthik lets it be.
4.4
0
T Boult to D Karthik, Another loud shout but this seems to high! Boult starts this from outside off, it tails back in. Karthik lets it be. The ball hits the higher part of the pad and goes to the keeper. New Zealand appeal but the umpire shakes his head.
4.3
0
T Boult to D Karthik, Another good length delivery on off, Karthik pushes it to covers.
4.2
0
T Boult to D Karthik, The away slanter now! It pitches outside off, Karthik lets it be.
4.1
1
T Boult to R Pant, Pant is off the mark! That should settle his nerves a little. This is fuller and on middle, Pant works it towards wide mid on for one.
3.6
0
M Henry to D Karthik, Another wicket maiden! On a good length and around off, Karthik blocks it out.
3.5
0
M Henry to D Karthik, Another one on middle, Karthik pushes it to mid on.
3.4
0
M Henry to D Karthik, Shorter in length and on middle, Dinesh works it to mid-wicket.
3.3
0
M Henry to D Karthik, On the stumps again, DK is solid in defense.
3.2
0
M Henry to D Karthik, On a good length on middle, Karthik defends it out.

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.

3.1
0
M Henry to KL Rahul, OUT! Another one bites the dust! New Zealand are all over India at the moment. The crowd just can't believe what is happening here. Matt Henry has got another one. This is a tentative stuff from Rahul. Just very poor from a guy who is coming on the back off a ton. It is on a length and outside off, Rahul initially looks to push at it but then tries to bail out. Too late till then, the ball kisses the outside edge and goes to the right of the keeper who takes it with a dive. New Zealand are into the fragile middle order of the Indian team.
2.6
0
T Boult to R Pant, On middle, Pant keeps it out. A wicket maiden for Boult.
2.5
0
T Boult to R Pant, Another good length delivery on middle, Pant pushes it to mid on.

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.

2.4
0
T Boult to V Kohli, OUT! Umpire's call and Kohli is out of here! He does not take the review along with him but that will be the last of India's concerns at the moment because they are under real pressure now. Their two best batters are back in the hut even before the score has crossed 10. Boult now has one. Another good delivery. This starts on off, it is just behind a length and it comes back in late. Kohli plants his front foot way to across and then looks to flick but misses. The ball hits the pads. A huge appeal follows and the umpire raises the finger. Kohli walks upto his partner but Rahul is not sure. Kohli still goes for the review. Replays roll in and it shows the ball to be clipping the top of middle and leg. New Zealand are over the moon at the moment. There is pin-drop silence in the ground. India need 235 in 284 balls.

A big moment in the game! Kohli has been given out LBW but he has reviewed. Looks out to be honest.

2.3
0
T Boult to V Kohli, On the pads, Kohli works it to mid-wicket.
2.2
0
T Boult to V Kohli, Good length again and on off, Kohli pushes it to covers.
2.1
0
T Boult to V Kohli, BEATEN! Loose, loose shot. That is just needless so early on. This is fuller and outside off, the sucker ball. Kohli goes after it away from his body but gets beaten.
1.6
0
M Henry to KL Rahul, A dot to end a brilliant over by Henry! This is on off, Rahul pushes it to covers.
1.5
1
M Henry to V Kohli, Kohli is off the mark! A length delivery around off, Kohli opens the face of the bat and guides it down to third man for one.
1.4
0
M Henry to V Kohli, Edged but well short! Another length ball around off, this one pitches and moves away. Kohli defends inside the line but with soft hands. It goes off the outside edge to second slip.

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.

1.3
0
M Henry to R Sharma, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Matt Henry gets the big fish. Why big fish? Because this guy is in tremendous form. Ideal start for New Zealand. They needed early wickets and they have got one. This is just a top class delivery. Unplayable one can say. It is on a length and it lands around off. Rohit plays the original trajectory. The ball though straightens, then kisses the outside edge and goes straight into the gloves of Latham. New Zealand are ecstatic. Game on here.
1.2
0
M Henry to R Sharma, Two leg byes! Tries to get the ball back in but drifts it on the pads. Rohit looks to flick but misses. The ball brushes the pads and rolls towards fine leg. Two taken.
1.1
0
M Henry to R Sharma, Good length and on off, it pitches and straightens a touch. Rohit looks to defend but it goes off the outer half to point.

Matt Henry to bowl with the second new ball.

0.6
0
T Boult to KL Rahul, A dot to end! A tidy start by Boult. This is on middle, Rahul works it to mid-wicket.
0.5
0
T Boult to KL Rahul, Angles this one away from outside off, Rahul shoulders arms to it.
0.4
0
T Boult to KL Rahul, Late swing again for Boult but the line is a little too straight. Rahul looks to flick but gets hit high on the pads.
0.3
0
T Boult to KL Rahul, Shorter in length and around off, Rahul stands tall and guides it to point.
0.2
1
T Boult to R Sharma, Rohit is off the mark now! A little too straight and on middle, Rohit works it towards fine leg for one.
0.1
1
T Boult to KL Rahul, Good running but a good ball too! India are underway! Boult starts this around off and it shapes back in. Rahul pushes it towards mid off and takes off. Rohit obliges and they complete the run easily.

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...