New Zealand stun India by 18 runs to reach World Cup final

Tanya Simon
July 11, 2019

Boult's comments come after New Zealand advanced to the World Cup final after beating India by 18 runs in their semi-final clash in Manchester. The cricket battle picked up from where it was left off, resulting in New Zealand set a target of 240 runs for India.

Given how India were touted as favourites, just like they were coming into their match against New Zealand, Boult admitted that the Black Caps were inspired by the way in which Pakistan defeated India. "But the way they bowled in that first half an hour was the difference in the game", he said.

The match lasted two days due to inclement weather.

"This is up right there for me, coming into a semi-final and coming out on the right side of a tight match is always going to be tough to beat", Henry said.

Then it was a professional effort with the ball this morning and we had the momentum.

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"With the new ball they were outstanding with the areas that they hit".

Speaking after the game, Trent Boult explained as to how he planned to get Kohli out and thereby stamp his authority in the game.

Jadeja and MS Dhoni put on 116 runs for the seventh wicket to fix the damage, but their wickets spelt the end for the pre-tournament favourites. "Because the kind of cricket we played in this tournament, we know where we stood as a team", Kohli added.

"Trent Boult and Matt Henry's opening spell was one of the best you'll see, and to dismiss three incredibly talented India batsman to have them five for three takes something special".

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