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


Batsman R B 4s 6s
KL Rahul c Tom Latham (W) & b Matt Henry c Tom Latham (W) & b Matt Henry 1700
Rohit Sharma c Tom Latham (W) & b Matt Henry c Tom Latham (W) & b Matt Henry 1400
Virat Kohli lbw Trent Boult lbw Trent Boult 1600
Rishabh Pant c Colin de Grandhomme & b Mitchell Santner c Colin de Grandhomme & b Mitchell Santner 325640
Dinesh Karthik c Jimmy Neesham & b Matt Henry c Jimmy Neesham & b Matt Henry 62510
Hardik Pandya c Kane Williamson (C) & b Mitchell Santner c Kane Williamson (C) & b Mitchell Santner 326220
MS Dhoni run out run out 507211
Ravindra Jadeja c Kane Williamson (C) & b Trent Boult c Kane Williamson (C) & b Trent Boult 775944
Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled Lockie Ferguson bowled Lockie Ferguson 0100
Yuzvendra Chahal c Tom Latham (W) & b Jimmy Neesham c Tom Latham (W) & b Jimmy Neesham 5510
Jasprit Bumrah not out not out 0000
Extras 16 (b 0, lb 3, w 13, nb 0)
Total 221 (10 Wkts, 49.3 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
4-1 (Rohit Sharma,1.3), 5-2 (Virat Kohli,2.4), 5-3 (KL Rahul,3.1), 24-4 (Dinesh Karthik,10), 71-5 (Rishabh Pant,22.5), 92-6 (Hardik Pandya,30.3), 208-7 (Ravindra Jadeja,47.5), 216-8 (MS Dhoni,48.3), 217-9 (Bhuvneshwar Kumar,49), 221-10 (Yuzvendra Chahal,49.3),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Trent Boult10 2 42 2 4.20
Matt Henry10 1 37 3 3.70
Lockie Ferguson10 0 43 1 4.30
Colin de Grandhomme2 0 13 0 6.50
Jimmy Neesham7.3 0 49 1 6.71
Mitchell Santner10 2 34 2 3.40
Martin Guptill 0 0 0 0 0
Henry Nicholls 0 0 0 0 0
Kane Williamson 0 0 0 0 0
Ross Taylor 0 0 0 0 0
Tom Latham 0 0 0 0 0

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.
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.
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?

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.

L Ferguson to MS Dhoni, A dot to follow! Slower one and fuller in length, Dhoni pushes it back to the bowler.
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!

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?

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.
T Boult to MS Dhoni, On the pads, Dhoni turns it behind square on the leg side and gets a single.
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.
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.

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.
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.
M Henry to R Jadeja, Another single! Shorter in length and outside off, Jadeja guides it towards short third man for one.
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.
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.
M Henry to R Jadeja, A dot! Slightly shorter and outside off, Jadeja slashes at it but misses.
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?

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.
T Boult to R Jadeja, Slower short ball on off, Jadeja pulls it through square leg and takes one.
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.
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.
T Boult to R Jadeja, A brilliant yorker on middle, Jadeja works it through mid-wicket and takes one.
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?

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.
L Ferguson to R Jadeja, A single now! A low full toss on middle, this is worked through square leg for one.
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.
L Ferguson to MS Dhoni, Just the one this time! Back of a length on off, Dhoni pushes it towards cover.