India and New Zealand were up against each other in the 1st Semi final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in the city of Manchester. Both the sides were pumped up for the win and were keen to grab the spot in the final.
New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first on a tricky track. Opener Guptill was dismissed early on by Bumrah. Kane Williamson walked out in the middle and alongside Henry Nicholls tried to nullify the poor start. The pair struggled against Indian pack of bowlers but were resilient enough to not give wickets. The pair added vital 68 runs in the partnership before Jadeja gave his side the breakthrough. Ross Taylor steeped in at 4 to help his skipper and the pair did extremely well until the 35th over. Williamson was dismissed by Chahal after he completed his half century. James Nesesham then alongside Taylor took New Zealand but soon Neesham was cleaned up by Pandya. Grandhomme was the next one but he also failed to play a significant knock. Ross Taylor completed his half century and steered his side past 200. The end of first innings was closer when rain intervened and the match halted. It rained continuously until late evening and the match was shifted on to the reserve day. New Zealand resumed their innings the next day and with modest contributions from their tail they managed to put 239 runs on the board.
In reply, India had a horrible start as Rohit was caught behind in the 2nd over for 1 run. Captain Kohli walked out and the next over was sent back by Trent Boult for 1. The start became a nightmare when Rahul was also dismissed after scoring 1 and India lost its 3rd wicket for mere 5 runs. Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik tried to normalize things but soon Karthik was caught by Neesham as India looked to crumble. Pandya walked out and for the 5th wicket both batsmen joined 46 runs before Santner did the trick and dismissed Pant. Veteran Dhoni was the next with a huge task on his shoulders but soon Pandya also walked back in the 31st over as India lost their 6th for 92. Jadeja came and took the slogging job and kept moving Indian’s score at a good pace keeping India in chase. In the last 3 overs India needed 37 and it looked that India will get over the line but Jadeja skied one in the air and Williamson grabbed the catch. In the next over after hitting a six MS Dhoni was run out by a perfect throw and Kiwis jumped in the driving seat. 23 in the last over were too much for Indian tail enders as they lost their last wicket in the last over and New Zealand won the game by 28 runs.
Matt Henry was awarded the Player of the Match award for his remarkable 3 for 37. New Zealand are now in finals for the second time in a row and will wait to see who they face in the mighty final.