All hope looked lost for the Black Caps in the semi-final at Old Trafford after their batting line up was restricted to 239 against the world's best one-day worldwide side - with Williamson himself scoring 67.
Srikkanth feels if not for rain-interruption that spilled the match over to the reserve day, India would have easily come out on top. Which means for the most part of it, we will now find cricket enthusiasts, as opposed to simply India fan (atic) s, take the seat to watch the final on Sunday. In three previous semi-finals, Virat Kohli scored nine runs in 2011 World Cup while in the 2015 World Cup semi-final, he scored just one run.
Faced with a seemingly unattainable target, the Indians sensed urgency, and Dhoni and partner Bhuvneshwar Kumar pushed for a second run on the fourth ball of the penultimate over.
Over the course of the next 17 overs though, India clawed their way back.
India's top order was sliced open by a fiery opening spell by New Zealand's new ball bowlers.
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Celebrating the game without mixing it up with the nation is rare at World Cups, though.
It was clear that Jadeja and Dhoni were of the same mindset and as Boult prepared to bowl the 48th over, the 37 from 18 balls required seemed eminently possible. He forged a very important partnership with Hardik Pandya and this impressed the skipper.
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Heartbroken but composed, Kohli looked back at the mistakes he had made as a youngster to analyse the moment of indiscretion, which led to Pant's dismissal after he dug in their briefly in an attempt to rebuild from a precarious five for three, and then, 4 for 24.
On the reserve day on Wednesday, New Zealand added 28 more runs to their overnight score to finish at 239 for eight, a total which India found hard to chase following a top-order collapse under overcast conditions. MS Dhoni also contributed with a crucial half-century also failed to make a difference in the nail-biting semifinal at the iconic Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester. Karthik too looked like a cat on a hot tin roof in his short stay in the middle, which came to an end when Jimmy Neesham picked a beauty at point to hand Henry his third wicket. New Zealand were overcautious and played out 153 dot balls.
India's "45 minutes of bad cricket" against New Zealand cost them a place in the World Cup final and "broke our hearts", says captain Virat Kohli.
The Kiwis resumed the match on 211-5 with 3.5 overs remaining.
Speaking about the game, Williamson (67) and Ross Taylor (74) led the charge for New Zealand as the won the toss and made a decision to bat first.