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India vs New Zealand, 1st Semi Final

ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019 | 1st Semi Final | Tuesday 9th July | 09:30
 Match Ended
India
221 (49.3) RR:4.46
New Zealand
239/8 (50.0) RR:4.78
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That is it from Semi Finals 1! It is New Zealand who head into the finals. Who will they be facing? It is either going to be England or Australia. The two battle it out on the 11th of July and the game starts at 1030 local (0930 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!

New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson, says it is a different feeling than the last semi finals 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 and 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 as to whether there was rain or not. Tells India are a world class side and can win matches from any position but he says the bowlers and fielders kept their nerves. Further adds, some of the games were tough as the conditions were tricky too. Also says they had to consider other things as well as otherwise the guys could have been disheartened. Tells in this tournament anything can happen. Williamson hopes that the fans back them in the finals 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 momentum. Credits New Zealand bowlers for the way they bowled. States it was a skillful game and it 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 hunt with his partnership with Dhoni. Reckons New Zealand won the crunch movements in this game. Further adds the only thing he could think about what went wrong was the shot selection. Ends by thanking the fans for their support.

MAN OF THE MATCH, Matt Henry, says they talked that they just needed to do their best. Tells they started off well with the ball and kept building pressure. Says they kept asking questions and kept building pressure. Henry says that pressure converted into wickets. Says 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 part of 2nd World Cup finals, Henry says 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.

W 49.3
Jimmy Neesham to Yuzvendra 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.

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