New Zealand shatter India’s dream to reach WC final

Zeeshan Baz

MANCHESTER: New Zealand recorded a stunning 18-run victory over India in a sensational match to qualify for the final — second time in a row – in the first semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2019 here at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

New Zealand, beaten in the 2015 final by Australia, were restricted to just 239-8 after completing their 50 overs a day later than expected following the suspension of play due to rain on Tuesday.

But Kane Williamson´s side bowled superbly to rock, with three top-order wickets from paceman Matthew Henry proving the key contribution in dismissing the pre-tournament favourites for 221.

India were chasing 240, not a difficult target for the two-time champions, but New Zealand bowlers did a commendable job to get rid off the three top order batsmen for just five runs on the board.

Openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, and captain Virat Kohli all went for one run each.

The Black Caps will play hosts England or holders Australia in Sunday´s title match at Lord´s.

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