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

Ross Taylor and Tom Latham will continue to the New Zealand innings

Ross Taylor and Tom Latham will continue to the New Zealand innings

New Zealand paceman Matt Henry was the wrecker-in-chief as he sent the in-form Sharma trudging back to the pavilion in his very first over.

The bowling, however, has been more or less on point throughout the tournament.

New Zealand, beaten in the 2015 final by Australia, were restricted to just 239-8 after completing their 50 overs a day later than expected following the suspension of play due to rain yesterday.

However, Ravindra Jadeja's brilliant knock of 77 from 59 balls, in a partnership of 116 with MS Dhoni, brought about an exhilarating conclusion.

"Great semi-final over two days and very pleased to be on the right side of it", New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said.

"No, he hasn't told us anything about his future", Kohli said when quizzed, India Today reported.

"All those first three wickets, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, were outstanding global wicket-taking deliveries and got rid of players who were in brilliant form", he added.

After two semi-final exits in a row, India will now focus on winning a third World Cup title when they host the next tournament in 2023. "But the way they bowled in that first half an hour was the difference in the game", he said.

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Jadeja injected fresh excitement into the match with his courageous counter-attack that left his team needing 90 runs off the last 10 overs with four wickets in hand. He nearly won the match alongside Dhoni and his all-round performance was brilliant for the entire match.

The India captain reviewed, indicating he thought the ball was going over the top.

"But credit to the New Zealand bowlers - the way they bowled with the new ball, moving it around, it was an outstanding skill level on display and they made life very hard for our batsmen".

"We spoke about getting 240-250 and we knew that would be competitive".

Highlighting that middle-order is cause of worry, Srikkanth feels India does not need any drastic overhaul and just need to move on from the heart-breaking defeat. "When I say positively, that doesn't mean hitting out, it's showing some sort of positivity against Santner, putting him under pressure", he said. But you have to accept it.

"I mean he (Guptill) is probably the only man on the pitch that could perhaps created that run-out", he said.

"It was an outstanding spell from Santner on a surface that, you know, no doubt was offering to the slower bowlers - and we saw that in our innings as well the amount of spin that the Indian spinners got and he (Santner) is a world-class bowler, so we expected he would operate well", Williamson said.

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