New Zealand have qualified for the final of the ongoing 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup after beating India in the first semi-final of this tournament at Old Trafford (Manchester). In this thrilling rain-interrupted contest, New Zealand won by 18 runs on the reserve day.
New Zealand managed to score 239/8 (50 overs) in the first innings. Chasing down that target, India were bowled out for 221 runs (49.3 overs).
Brief Scores: New Zealand – 239/8 in 50 overs (Ross Taylor 74, Kane Williamson 67; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3/43)
India – 221 in 49.3 overs (Ravindra Jadeja 77, MS Dhoni 50; Matt Henry 3/37)
Result – New Zealand won by 18 runs
Here are some of the statistical highlights of the match:
i) At one stage, India were struggling on 5/3. It was their lowest CWC total to lose the first three wickets. 6/3 was India’s previous lowest record in CWC history (against Zimbabwe at Tunbridge Wells on 18th June 1983).
i) It is the second time when New Zealand have qualified for the CWC final. In the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, New Zealand first time qualified for the CWC final but lost against Australia in that final match.
i) Captain Kane Williamson scored 67 runs, and it is the second highest individual score by a New Zealand captain against India in Cricket World Cup history. Glenn Turner is holding this record as he scored 114* at Manchester on 14th June 1975.
ii) Kane Williamson has scored 548 runs in the ongoing 2019 CWC. As a New Zealand batsman, it is the most runs in a single CWC edition. The previous record was 547 runs by Martin Guptill in the previous CWC edition (2015).
iii) Kane Williamson’s 548 runs in 2019 CWC are the joint most runs for a captain in a single CWC edition. Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene also scored 548 runs in the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup.
i) MS Dhoni played his 350th ODI match, and he became the second Indian cricketer and 10th overall cricketer to play 350 ODI matches. Sachin Tendulkar was the first Indian to play 350 ODIs as he retired after playing 463 ODI matches.
ii) At the age of 38 years and 2 days, MS Dhoni started this match and scored 50 runs. In the CWC semi-final history, MS Dhoni is the oldest batsman to register a 50+ score. The previous record was 37 years and 340 days when Sachin Tendulkar (India) scored 85 runs against Pakistan in the 2011 CWC semi-final.
iii) Ravindra Jadeja scored 77 runs after coming to bat at the no.8 position. In the CWC knockout history, it is the first 50+ score by a no.8 or lower-order batsman as the previous best was 42 runs by Jason Holder (West Indies) against New Zealand at Wellington on 21st March 2015 (in the quarter-final of 2015 CWC).
iv) Also, Jadeja’s 77-run knock is the second highest individual score by a no.8 or lower batsman in CWC history. Nathan Coulter-Nile (Australia) is holding this record who scored 92 runs against Windies at Nottingham on 6th June 2019.
v) MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja put a 116-run partnership for the seventh wicket. It is the record seventh-wicket partnership in CWC history. The previous record was 107 runs partnership for the seventh wicket, and that happened twice. Meanwhile, Dhoni-Jadeja’s 116-run partnership is the third highest CWC partnership for the seventh or lower wicket.