1st semifinal: New Zealand survive Jadeja nightmare to win nail-biting thriller

1st semifinal - New Zealand survive Jadeja nightmare to win nail-biting thriller
Manchester: New Zealand on Wednesday survived Jadeja nightmare to win nail-biting thriller against India to make it to the final of ICC World Cup 2019 here at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester

Chasing a below par target of 240 runs, India were once struggling at 92-6.

But Jadeja and Dhoni added 116 runs for the seventh wicket to bring India back into the game. Jadeja cruised to fifty on just 38 balls. Just when it started to look that two drop catches would end Kiwis’ World Cup journey, Boult removed dangerous Jadeja to renew hopes of making it to the final of the mega-event for second consecutive time.

With 25 runs required of 10 balls, Dhoni’s run-out proved final nail in the coffin as India were ousted from the mega-event.

India were dismissed on 221 runs with three balls to spare. Henry was the star with the ball who ripped through Indian top order to pick three important wickets of Rahul, Sharma and Karthik. Boult also dismissed two batsmen including Kohli.

Earlier, Half-centuries from captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor helped New Zealand to a modest 239 for eight against India in the rain-hit first Cricket World Cup semi-final at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Resuming on the reserve day at 211-5, New Zealand added 28 runs from the remaining 23 deliveries as Taylor top-scored with a gutsy 74.

Williamson won the toss on Tuesday and opted to bat at a venue where teams batting first had won all five previous matches in the tournament.

India’s new ball pair of Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-43) and Jasprit Bumrah, both of whom began with maiden overs, bowled with impeccable discipline while spinner Ravindra Jadeja was also very economical with the ball and characteristically superb in the field.

Yuzvendra Chahal, the only specialist spinner in India’s side, conceded 63 runs in his 10 overs but claimed the important wicket of Williamson who made 67, his fourth 50-plus score of the tournament including two centuries.

India’s trusted five-bowler policy nearly backfired with Hardik Pandya hobbling off the field due to a hip injury before returning to complete his full quota of 10 overs on Tuesday.

Hosts England play defending champions Australia in the second semi-final on Thursday.