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

Tanya Simon
July 11, 2019

"I think the first half, we were very, very good with the ball".

Jadeja's dismissal in the 48th over, then Dhoni's run out from a direct hit by Guptill four balls later effectively ended India's chances of reaching the 240 needed.

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

The New Zealand Herald said Guptill's run out of Dhoni, arguably the world's best finisher in ODI cricket, was redemption for a poor run of form with the bat, while Stuff Media said he had gone "From zero to hero". He also said that Kane Williamson's captaincy was "incredible".

The way Williamson rotated his bowlers in particular was fantastic.

He rotated them around well and because of the early wickets, their limitations were not exposed. If you saw their fast bowlers, they didn't try too much upfront. Jadeja's valiant 77 of 59 balls not only proved that he was more than a bits-and-pieces player, but also infused new energy into the Indian chase. When I say positively, that doesn't mean hitting out, it's showing some sort of positivity against Santner, putting him under pressure. Dhoni, at the other end, slowly kept things together. And he repeated his rhetoric again after Wednesday's match with an oblique reference that somehow Karma came to bite India. From that day, when India fell well short of the target despite Rohit's ton, he has been harping that team India didn't show sporting spirit.

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It generally helps the team bowling second, but it's disappointing for India as they looked like the world champions. "But you have to accept it". I don't think India need to make any drastic changes, they just need to look at that middle order.

India suffered their only group stage defeat against hosts England, who meet Australia in the second semi-final in Birmingham on Thursday.

That was captain Virat Kohli's summation after his team's semifinal loss to New Zealand in a low-scoring thriller last night.

"It was a great semi-final and we're happy to be on the right side of it".

"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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