India vs New Zealand - Highlights & Stats


Ravindra Jadeja was playing only his second match in the World Cup 2019 but still managed to make an impact with his all-round performance as he nearly pulled off a miracle for Team India in the first semi-final against New Zealand.

While through to a second successive World Cup final, Williamson viewed his side's feat at this year's tournament very differently to when they jointly hosted with Australia in 2015.

Twice champions India were reeling at 24-4 in their chase for a modest victory target of 240 in what had appeared to be a lop-sided semi-final. The left-armer kept them to five from the first four balls but it was the slower ball next up that swung the momentum back in New Zealand's favour.

"We just wanted to put the ball in the good areas and put pressure on India".

India lost to New Zealand by 18 runs after restricting them to 239/8 in the rain-hit semifinal played over two days.

Virat Kohli admitted India had paid the price for "45 minutes of bad cricket" as the heart-broken skipper surveyed the wreckage of his side's stunning World Cup exit.

Pandya, struggling with a hip injury, also made 32 before throwing away his wicket.

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"He (Jadeja) really made a fantastic fight out of it, he made it a brilliant game. One thing about New Zealand's batting and bowling approach, they played to their strengths and limitations", he said.

After the match against India, he said: "We've had to skin it over the round-robin, so it's been quite different".

"But the way they bowled in that first half an hour was the difference in the game".

"I mean, it's very hard to know exactly but naturally when you find yourself in that position (24 for 4 and 71 for 5), it's a great starting point from our perspective in terms of perhaps getting ahead of the game because the rebuilding phase becomes lot more tricky", he said. And then a very professional effort again with the ball this morning. Guptill had one stump to aim at as he tore in from the deep, he found his mark and the replays confirmed Dhoni was centimetres short of his ground.

"With the new ball, our bowlers tried to move the ball off the seam or in the air".

Some hope was sparked by Rishabh Pant in the middle, but he too failed to build on his start and skied one for the New Zealand fielders.

From the next ball, the first of the penultimate over delivered by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Tom Latham struck cleanly high towards the leg-side boundary only for Jadeja to intervene again, leaping to catch two-handed above his head.