New Zealand reached a second consecutive Cricket World Cup final after the second half of the last century by Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni just couldn't agree to an unprecedented collapse of the top order by India in the loss of 18 runs on Wednesday.
Chasing 240 to win on the reservation day of a rain-hit semi-final at Old Trafford, India plunged to 5-3 – the top three from Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli were fired for 1 each – after 17 balls of answer and then 24-4, after Jimmy Neesham removed & # 39; s sensational catch with one hand from Dinesh Karthik (6).
Dhoni (50) and Jadeja (77 in 59 balls) hoped for India by setting 116 for the seventh wicket, but they were both fired, leaving the team to miss 23 in the final.
India was finished for 221 with three balls left.
New Zealand plays England or Australia in the final on Lord & # 39; s on Sunday. The second semifinal is on Thursday in Edgbaston. If Australia wins, it will be a repeat of the 2015 final won by the Australians in Melbourne.
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The way the chase fled confirmed the affectionate approach of New Zealand captain Kane Williamson of hitting tough conditions on Tuesday, which ended early due to rain with the Blacks Caps 211-5 with 3.5 overs remaining.
New Zealand scored 28 points after the resumption in cloudy but clear skies and finished at 239-8. India was a marginal favorite, but then the meltdown came.
For the first time in international history, a team lost its first three batters all for 1 while India saw Sharma, Kohli then left Rahul in a space of 10 balls and skipped 5-3 after 5-6.
Sharma, the highest run-scorer of the Cricket World Cup with 648, pushed Matt Henry behind the fourth ball of his innings. It was his shortest ODI inning since the 2017 Champion Trophy.
Kohli only took six balls before he was lured into the trap by Trent Boult. The captain of India looked at the decision, but repetitions showed that the ball cut off the bail and Kohli threw his bat in the air in disgust.
Rahul also moved behind Henry, who had a score of 3-15 in five overs. It was then the turn of spinner Mitchell Santner to tie the middle bracket in a spell of 2-6 out of seven overs, whereby he closed Risbabh Pant and Hardik Pandya for 32 each.
That brought Dhoni and Jadeja together and they almost saw India coming home in an unlikely nerve-racking hall in Manchester.
Jadeja hit four sixes and four in a measured inning, but when he missed a shot from Boult, Williamson took a flyout, India was 208-7 with 13 more balls and the chasers had lost their big-hitter.
Dhoni passed the next day and India had no more deliveries to close a shock of the tournament.
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