New Zealand booked their second final berth on the trot as they defeated India by 18 runs.

India vs New Zealand – India’s innings

India had a horrible start as they lost three early wickets. The man in form Rohit Sharma received a stunning delivery from Matt Henry and the right-hander had to play at it. The ball moved marginally to take the outside edge of the right-hander’s bat. Subsequently, Indian skipper Virat Kohli was plumbed in front by Trent Boult by an incoming delivery.

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KL Rahul was in double thoughts whether to play or leave the ball. Matt Henry found the outside edge of the right-hander’s bat and Tom Latham took a fine catch. Thus, India had their backs against as they were tottering at 5-3.

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Furthermore, James Neesham pulled a miraculous catch at point to sent back Dinesh Karthik packing. Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya were able to show some resistance before the former played a rash shot against Mitchell Santner. Subsequently, Hardik Pandya tried to play across the line of the ball and the ball ballooned to Kane Williamson took a good catch while running back.

India’s batting
New Zealand bowling

India vs New Zealand – New Zealand’s innings

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bat first in the overcast conditions at Old Trafford, Manchester against India in the first semifinal. However, New Zealand could not get off to a good start as they lost the early wicket of Martin Guptill. The right-hander struggled to get going and was dismissed when he failed to handle the extra bounce and away swing of Jasprit Bumrah. Virat Kohli, who was at second slip took a sharp catch to get the first wicket.

Subsequently, New Zealand failed to get going as Indian opening fast bowlers kept a tight grip on the proceedings. Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were right on the money and there were no loose balls on offer.

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Henry Nicholls and Kane Williamson tried their best to rebuild the innings but could not find any momentum in the innings. Nicholls was cleaned up by Ravindra Jadeja when the off-spinner found the gap between the bat and the ball. Both the batsmen added 68 runs but failed to get the impetus.

India kept the runs down as their bowlers did a fine job. Kane Williamson scored his 14th ODI fifty but could not change the gears.

Williamson scored 67 runs from 95 balls with the help of six boundaries. The New Zealand skipper and Ross Taylor added 65 runs before Williamson could not time his drive and gave a simple catch to Ravindra Jadeja at point.

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Ross Taylor scored another fifty and his third of the World Cup. The rain intervened and the match was taken into reserve day. New Zealand was able to post 239 runs after their 50 overs.

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India’s bowling