NZ stun India to reach final despite Jadeja heroics

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The semi-final match was first held on July 9 but had to be postponed to the next day due to rain.

Sports media around the world have praised New Zealand's shock victory over India to read the Cricket World Cup final, saying the Black Caps have produced the bowling performance of the tournament. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson had won the toss and chose to bat first.

Kohli lauded India's show overall in the World Cup, only pointing to stray instances of poor shot selection as areas for improvement.

India made 38 runs in 8.4 overs when it started raining again and the match could not be taken forward.

"You have worked so hard throughout the tournament to build momentum", Kohli said, after India were unable to recover from 24-4 to chase 240 against New Zealand.

Two wickets fell in two balls, with Ravindra Jadeja central to both of them.

A day earlier Guptill was becoming an online meme when TV cameras caught his sullen face looking out over the ground from the players' pavilion following another failure at the tournament.

The pressure appeared too much for Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya, leaving India still needing 148, their fate in the hands of Dhoni and Jadeja - two men with a combined age of 68.

Jadeja injected fresh excitement into the match with his fearless counter-attack that left his team needing 90 runs off the last 10 overs with four wickets in hand. Resuming from 211-5 score from 46.1 overs, the Kiwis managed to add just 29 runs to their overnight score.

A post shared by Aamir Khan (@_aamirkhan) on Jul 10, 2019 at 7:36am PDTOn the work front, Aamir Khan was last seen in Thugs of Hindostan which happened to be his first time working with Amitabh Bachchan. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson would like to believe that it wasn't anything but strategy; more specifically, the strategy of tossing the second new ball to Matt Henry and not the scalper of 17 wickets in this World Cup, Lockie Ferguson.

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

"I think Dhoni had to hold the innings from one end and allow Jadeja to play freely".

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.

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