New Zealand reach Cricket World Cup final after shock win over India | UK News


New Zealand have beaten India in a shock result to reach the Cricket World Cup final.

Kane Williamson’s team overcame the fancied Indians by 18 runs in a thrilling semi-final at Old Trafford.

They will now play either England or Australia, who meet in the second semi-final on Thursday.

India’s star batsmen Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli misfired at Old Trafford, as they lurched to 24 for four and then 92 for six chasing 240 on the reserve day of this semi-final.

Ravindra Jadeja’s pyrotechnics gave India a fleeting hope but he departed with 32 required off 13 balls before Mahendra Singh Dhoni was run out for 50 from 72 deliveries.

The Asian giants were defeated after scoring 221 from 49.3 overs.

The Kiwis have reached the final after defending 239 for eight.

Ravindra Jadeja four fours and as man sixes could not secure India a place in the final
Ravindra Jadeja four fours and as man sixes could not secure India a place in the final

Ross Taylor top-scored with 74 from 90 balls as the Black Caps added 28 runs in the remaining 3.5 overs of their innings, which were deferred until Wednesday morning because of persistent rain on Tuesday afternoon.

India made an abject start to their reply, losing three wickets in the space of 11 balls.

This included the prize scalps of Sharma and Kohli, who had contributed in excess of 1,000 runs in the group stage.

Jadeja, batting for the first time in the tournament, put on a World Cup record 116 for the seventh wicket.

The batsman clubbed four fours and as many sixes, before holing out to long-off off Trent Boult.

Though Dhoni attempted to up the ante, the veteran was run out following a direct hit from Martin Guptill in the penultimate over as India’s hopes vanished.

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