7/10/2019 9:50:05 PM (GMT+3)

New Zealand end India's campaign with 18-run win

 New Zealand end India

LONDON: India’s World Cup campaign ended on a disappointing note after losing to New Zealand by 18 runs in the rain-affected semifinal in Manchester on Wednesday.  

A stunning spell of fast bowling by man of the match Matt Henry ripped through the Indian top-order including the prized wickets of inform Rohit Sharma besides KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik in an opening spell of seven overs.

Trent Boult removed captain Virat Kohli as India slipped to 24/4 in their chase of 240 at Old Trafford.

Despite a valiant effort from Ravindra Jadeja (77) who shared a World Cup record 116 for the seventh-wicket with Mahendra Singh Dhoni (50), India failed.

“New Zealand deserve a lot of credit because they put up a great display how to bowl with the new ball. The game pretty much changed in those first 40 minutes when we were batting,” said Kohli. “They had perfect line and lengths and forced us to sort of make errors. The pressure created was immense in those first 40-45 minutes.”

The Kiwis qualified for their second successive finals and will take on the winners between Australia-England in the final at the Lord’s on Sunday.  

Henry removed Rohit, who scored five centuries in the tournament, in the second over and India suddenly was under tremendous pressure.

Boult trapped Kohli leg before an over later, with Rahul followed suit as all three dismissed for one.

Karthik was promoted up the order to five, but that didn’t prove beneficial.

Rain had ensured that the match could not be completed in a single day, with New Zealand making 211/5 in 46.1 overs on Tuesday.

Brief Scores:

New Zealand 239/8 in 50 overs (Ross Taylor 74, Kane Williamson 67; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3/43, Ravindra Jadeja 1/34, Jasprit Bumrah 1/39) bt India 221 all out, in 49.3 overs (Ravindra Jadeja 77, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 50; Matt Henry 3/37, Mitchell Santner 2/34, Trent Boult 2/42) by 18 runs.

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