New Zealand produced an excellent bowling performance to beat India by 18-runs on Wednesday, June 10th. The Black Caps won with a score of 239/8 from 50 overs while the Indians managed only 221 from 49.3 overs. The win books their spot in the ICC World Cup final on Sunday, July 14th.
The game started on Tuesday but halted after bad weather, following New Zealand’s disappointing 211/5 with 23 balls remaining. They came back to complete their 50 overs on Wednesday and set India a target of 239.
The target was attainable for India, but excellent bowling from Matt Henry and Trent Boult damaged their hopes. India’s top scorer Rohit Sharma, as well as their captain Virat Kohli and top batsman K. L. Rahul, were all dropped in single pieces as they attempted to chase the target.
AFP reported New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson was thrilled with his team’s display. “A brilliant fighting effort from our guys on another tough surface,” Black Caps skipper Williamson said.
“We wanted 240, 250. Then to have the start with the ball we had was an outstanding way to kick things off and get us into a position of strength.”
Williamson was one of New Zealand’s few impressive batsmen in the wet conditions on Tuesday. The skipper scored an impressive 67, while Ross Taylor scored 74 as Australia managed 239 for eight.
Ravindra Jadeja gave the Indians hope as he hit an inspiring 77. However, his comeback attempts were halted after a Williamson catch. The New Zealand captain praised Jadeja for his performance.
“The innings Jadeja played, it was like he was playing on a different wicket, really. He timed the ball beautifully well,” Williamson said.
Asked what he was thinking when he caught Jadeja, the smiling captain answered, “Someone goes ‘catch it’ and it’s sort of... it’s above me so it must be mine.”
New Zealand will be the underdogs when they play in the final on Sunday, July 14th against either England or Australia.