New Zealand has won the first Semi Final vs #India in #Lords and set for #ICC #CWC 2019 Final vs #England or #Australia. New Zealand bowling was at its best and Kane #Williamson at his best captaincy when defending just 239 runs. India is the world strongest batting team. With world no 1. #Kohli and Sharma with MS Dhoni as the world’s best finisher. But NZ bowlers, Henry, Fergusan and Boult made an early dent in the top order with 5 for 3 wickets. India lost top order and goes under pressure. Pant and Kartik recovered. Google live prediction showed 98% India and 2% in the favour on Blackcaps.
ICC report on its website that ” Over night most onlookers thought New Zealand were a long way off a good score, and that India would cruise to victory today. Instead some superb bowling from Henry and Boult up top saw India fall to 5/3, then 24/4. A small recovery from Pant and Pandya was muted by Santner, before a 116-run partnership between MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja took the game right to the wire.”
Further it was mentioned on ICC-Cricket live Scorecard and commentary that India had perhaps just left themselves too much to do at the end though, and the pressure to hit boundaries led to the fall of Jadeja, and then the need to get Dhoni back on strike allowed Guptill the chance to run him out and end any real hopes India had, even before completely wrapping up the Indian innings.
India vs NZ highlights 1st Semi Final
- Taylor (74) and Williamson (67) lead New Zealand to 239/8
- Henry (3/37) and Boult (2/42) took early wickets to leave India 24/4
- Jadeja (77) and Dhoni (50) take game close after top order collapse
- New Zealand bowlers share spoils as India finally bowled out for 221