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New Zealand stun India to reach World Cup final

Sport Writer

New Zealand produced a brilliant bowling performance to upset India with an 18-run victory in their rain-affected World Cup semifinal at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

The Black Caps will face the winners of Thursday’s semifinal between England and Australia in Sunday’s final at Lord’s.

New Zealand add 28 runs to their overnight score from 23 balls to finish on 239 for eight – a modest total India would have been confident of chasing down with ease.

But the Kiwi bowling attack turned the game around, taking three wickets in the opening 19 balls with tournament top scorer Rohit Sharma, skipper Virat Kohli and KL Rahul all dismissed for one.

From a dire position of 24-4, however, India got themselves back in the game thanks to a superb 116-run seventh-wicket partnership between MS Dhoni (50) and Ravindra Jadeja (77), only to be bowled out for 221 with three balls remaining.

 

INDIA: Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (capt), Rishabh Pant, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

NEW ZEALAND: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Trent Boult

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