Rain On Reserve Day Will Seal Final Berth For India

India vs New Zealand Semi-Final World Cup Head To Head Match Stats

India vs New Zealand Semi-Final World Cup Head To Head Match Stats

Srikkanth feels if not for rain-interruption that spilled the match over to the reserve day, India would have easily come out on top.

The Indian Cricket Team fought through till the end against New Zealand on Wednesday after rains stopped the match on Tuesday.

The victor plays England or Australia in the final at Lord's on Sunday.

New Zealand have now entered the second final on the bounce, while India will be devastated after this win as they head back home.

The semi-final between India vs. They had lost a combined four wickets in the powerplays of their previous nine matches combined.

But having fallen to 5-3 just 19 deliveries into their reply, their soft underbelly was exposed and neither Jadeja (77) nor Dhoni (50) could prevent the Black Caps returning to the World Cup final, India dismissed for 221 to slip to an 18-run loss.

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"They literally finished off the backbone of the Indian side and then there was a good fightback, hats off to MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja, especially Jadeja in just his second game of the World Cup", he said.

India's top order crumbled to 4-24 after 10 overs as three wickets to Henry, plus the crucial scalp of Virat Kohli claimed by Boult, left the top ranked side reeling. "We were not good enough and that is the nature of this tournament". They managed to put up only 27 runs in the first 10 overs while 46 runs came from the next 10 overs along with a dismissal of Nicholls for 28.

"We had a good day yesterday and I'm very proud of that effort".

Jadeja injected fresh excitement into the match with his fearless counter-attack that left his team needing 90 runs off the last 10 overs with four wickets in hand. "Yes we are not denying that we made errors but in hindsight, we can criticize a lot", Kohli said.

This isn't the first time matches have been pushed to reserve days.

But the asking rate was getting steeper by the over and there was only one man scoring the big runs, reflected in this statistic: When Jadeja and Dhoni brought up their 100-run stand, the former had scored 69 of those runs. India got off to a brilliant start where their first two overs from Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah went for the maiden, fourth over was seen the dismissal of Martin Guptill for mere 1.

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