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New Zealand into Cricket World Cup final despite Jadeja’s heroics for India

New Zealand into Cricket World Cup final despite Jadeja’s heroics for India”

The way the chase panned out vindicated New Zealand captain Kane Williamson's attritional approach to batting on hard conditions on Tuesday, which ended prematurely because of rain with the Blacks Caps 211-5 with 3.5 overs remaining. The cleverer and the mentally stronger team.

The over, bowled by Santner, was all the more precious for New Zealand as it was a wicket maiden.

Dinesh Karthik (6) had to walk off after James Neesham took an exceptional one-handed catch at backward point on a delivery by Henry in the 10th over.

"You need 148 runs with 4 wickets remaining from 19.3 overs. your time starts now", one person quipped. "You have not been caught" Ten pushbacks, all executed to perfection.

Jadeja played an important role in giving India hope of progressing to the World Cup final, scoring 77 runs off 58 balls.

"We wanted 240, 250".

"We thought we had restricted them to a total that is chaseable on any surface", Kohli said.

"I think the game pretty much changed in those first 40 minutes when we were batting".

India made an abject start to their reply, losing three wickets in the space of 11 balls, including the prize scalps of Rohitand Kohli, who had contributed in excess of 1,000 runs in the group stage. "That first spell made all the difference".

Sharma, the Cricket World Cup's top run-scorer with 648, edged Matt Henry behind off the fourth ball of his innings.

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.

Whether Ross Taylor is in good enough nick to kick on after that scruffy, occasionally meek but important innings yesterday, I sincerely doubt but New Zealand, with Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult, will always have a chance of knocking the top order over, Rohit's five centuries notwithstanding.

"They did not provide any opportunities for us, for the first seven or eight overs we didn't get a ball to drive".

It was clear that Jadeja and Dhoni were of the same mindset and as Boult prepared to bowl the 48th over, the 37 from 18 balls required seemed eminently possible.

"We played outstanding cricket throughout this tournament, and to just go out on the basis of 45 minutes of bad cricket is saddening and it breaks your heart".



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