CWC 19-1st Semi-final: Favourites India Out; Underdogs N. Zealand In The Final
Date: 9th July 2019
Empires: Richard Kettleborough, Richard Illingworth
Toss Won by: New Zealand, elected to bat first
New Zealand’s Innings: 239/8 (50 Overs, RR: 4.78)
Batting: Ross Taylor 74 off 90 balls, Kane Williamson 67 off 95 balls, Henry Nicholls 28 off 51 balls.
Bowling: B Kumar 3/43 in 10 overs, RA Jadeja 1/34 in 10 overs, Jasprit Bumrah 1/39 in 10 overs.
India’s Innings: 221 all out (49.3 Overs, RR: 4.46)
Batting: RA Jadeja 77 off 59 balls, MS Dhoni 50 off 72 balls, Rishabh Pant 32 off 56 balls.
Bowling: Met Henry 3/37 in 10 overs, MJ santner 2/34 in 10 overs, Trent Boult 2/42 in 10 overs.
New Zealand’s Innings
India with a magnificent run in the league stage was favourites in the first semifinal of the World Cup 2019.
New Zealand was underdogs in the tournament but came strong to find a spot in the semifinals.
New Zealand’s Kane Williamson opted to bat first, on a pace friendly pitch.
Out of form MJ Guptill and HM Nicholls started the innings by seeing off the opening spell of Indian pacers.
In just 3rd over of the game, Bumrah bowled an outswing delivery, as Guptill edged it to slip and was out on just 1 run.
New Zealand was under immense pressure as bowlers were enjoying the condition, when Captain Kane Williamson joined the opener.
Pair started off a good partnership, scored a few boundaries to move the scoreboard.
New Zealand failed to score quickly but kept the wickets in hand for a later counter punch. HM Nicholls was deceived by Jadeja as New Zealand crossed 50.
New Zealand managed to build partnerships, remained focused on rotating strike than scoring boundaries.
Kane Williamson played a brilliant innings for the team, scored at healthy strike rate. Both the senior batsmen were pushing the score board.
Kane reached to his 50 in a tough condition with a lot of pressure, Ross Taylor supported him well on the other end
Leg spinner Chahal was expensive bowler for the India but still got the crucial wicket of Williamson.
New Zealand started to play more aggressively to improve their run rate. Ross Taylor hit a huge six to take the score to 200.
India kept their pressure with skillful bowling, pacers kept hitting the toes, as New Zealand were eying 250 plus.
Though Indian pacers were perfectly executing their skills, New Zealand batsmen were able to find few boundaries as they finish the innings at 239/8 in 50 overs.
Inform pair Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul started the innings for the India, hoping to give another impressive opening start.
It was a shocking start for India, as New Zealand bowlers were all over Indian batsmen.
In just 2nd over India lost star batsman Rohit Sharma who edged Henry to wicket keeper Latham as India lost their first.
New Zealand suddenly took the control of the semifinal game, and kept all the pressure on the Indian batsmen.
Virat Kohli was the next to go, courtesy brilliant inswing bowl of Trent Boult. He reviewed umpire’s decision which upheld.
India was in deep trouble as their two most dominant batsmen were back to the pavilion. New Zealand didn’t stop there and struck another blow.
KL Rahul was third batsman from Indian side to depart after scoring 1 run, leaving India 3/5 in fourth over.
Rishabh Pant and kD Karthik tried to rescue India from a difficult situation by defending most the balls bowled.
It didn’t take long; another Indian batsman was dismissed by New Zealnd’s pacer.KD Karthik was sent back as well on just 6.
Indian batsmen were feeling immense pressure, as New Zealand was eying an easy victory against one the most dominating cricketing sides of the world.
HH Pandya joined Rishabh Pant as India started to rebuild the innings. Both players kept rotating strike while hitting odd boundaries to release some pressure.
As the things started to look better for India, Rishabh Pant gave away his wicket after playing a lose shot against off spinner.
India had lost 6 wickets for 92 runs as they were almost out of the game with last recognized pair on the crease.
MS Dhoni and RA Jadeja started rescue mission, as required run rate crossed 8 runs per over.
MS Dhoni stayed a silent partner as RA Jadeja tried to take on New Zealand which paid off. Couple of sixes from Jadeja and India was looking more comfortable.
Pressure of the semifinal was pilling up on both sides. New Zealand still had the upper hand as they needed one more wicket to seal the victory.
Jadeja was turning into a nightmare for the New Zealand with his explosive hitting. He had already hit four sixes and was looking well established.
It was Trent Boult who provided much needed breakthrough to the New Zealand, as he dismissed Jadeja after a brilliant 77.
Indian needed Dhoni to hit some boundaries but he could manage to a single six only and departed soon after Jadeja.
India crumbled and New Zealand roared. India was all out on 221 in 49.3 overs New Zealand won the game by 18 runs to find a spot in the final of Cricket World Cup 2019.
Matt Henry received man of the match award for his brilliant opening spell
Kane williamson (C)
C de Grandhomme
Tom Latham (WK)
Virat Kohli (C)
MS Dhoni (WK)
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