Williamson hails ´brilliant´ New Zealand after World Cup stunner


This was after India crashed out of the World Cup after an 18 run defeat at the hands of New Zealand this morning.

India's this semi-final match against New Zealand happens to a crucial one as its the only way the Men in Blue can make it to finals.

The Men in Blue, however, could muster only 221 runs before they were completely skittled out by New Zealand bowlers, as a result of which they bowed out of the competition.

10 overs, 24-4; Dinesh Karthik is brilliantly caught at point for six by Jimmy Neesham, diving low to his left.

Matt Henry and Trent Boult did the damage with the new ball as India´s top three of Rohit Sharma, - who came into match having hit a record five hundreds at a single World Cup - captain Virat Kohli and KL Rahul all fell for a single apiece in pursuit of a seemingly modest target of 240.

The untimely run-out of Dhoni (50 off 72 balls) in the 49th over was the final nail in the coffin.

Rishabh Pant (32) was then dropped by Neesham off Lockie Ferguson with the score on 35 but the 21-year-old left-hander was unable to take full advantage of his good fortune when he holed out off Santner after a 47-run stand with Hardik Pandya.

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Pandya (32) himself battled for another eight overs before he lost his patience and skied Santner into the legside where Williamson clung on to a tricky catch as he back-peddled from midwicket.

"The way Jadeja and (MS) Dhoni were hitting the ball, they were likely to win, but our fielders were then outstanding".

Over the course of the next 17 overs though, India clawed their way back.

Former England captain, Vaughan, took a dig at Manjrekar after Jadeja displayed an all-round performance against the New Zealand side as he played a knock of 77 runs with the help of four fours and and four sixes.

"So that shows the kind of control they bowled with - they put the fielders in the right positions and that was a flawless spell of fast bowling with the new ball, which put us under a lot of pressure".

The final overs were bowled by pacemen Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, who on Tuesday helped to tie down New Zealand's batsmen with disciplined bowling on a sluggish pitch.

"The innings Jadeja played, it was like he was playing on a different wicket, really". However, Jadeja's aggressive batting increased India's chances to make their way to the World Cup final.