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New Zealand stun India to reach Cricket World Cup final

New Zealand stun India to reach Cricket World Cup final”

The required run-rate was spiralling out of control and Dhoni had to both protect his wicket and provide the leadership to Jadeja, who hadn't played much of cricket coming into the semi-final match.

Chasing 240, Indian batters were undone by Matt Henry's brilliant opening spell as he returned figures of 3/37.

The seventh wicket partnership between Dhoni and Jadeja brought India back into the game from a near-impossible situation, only for the Kiwis to later outclass the Asians by 18 runs.

Needing 31 from the last two overs Dhoni slashed the first ball of the 49th off Ferguson for six but was then run out two balls later by a stunning direct hit from Martin Guptill as he attempted to take two.

"So close, yet so far for India".

For the first time in global history, a team lost its first three batsmen all for 1 as India saw Sharma, Kohli then Rahul depart in the space of 10 balls and was marooned on 5-3 after 3.1 overs.

India's top-order crumbled as they were on just five runs after the loss of three wickets in four overs. However, I think Virat Kohli was unlucky as it was a poor decision to give him out. The India captain reviewed the decision but replays showed the ball was clipping the bails and Kohli tossed his bat into the air in disgust. India were reduced to 92/6 30.3 overs when Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja were at the crease.

He also termed 37-year-old Dhoni as legend. Till the time he was there, it looked like he would win the game for India. "However, he was unfortunate and couldn't take India to the finals".

First Rohit Sharma, who needed 27 to set a new tournament record for most runs in a single World Cup campaign, overtaking compatriot Sachin Tendulkar who amassed 673 in the 2003 edition, was caught behind.

New Zealand will now either play Australia or England in the final, depending on which side triumphs in their semi-finals clash at Edgbaston on Thursday.



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