MANCHESTER: The previous year’s runner up New Zealand a step behind to get first-ever World Cup triumph after defeating India in nail bitter semi-final at Manchester on Wednesday.
The Kiwis pacers shattered Indian dream to win World Cup and ripped through the top order including five-hundred maker Rohit Sharma.
Matt Henry — who wrecked India’s top order — was awarded Man of the Match for his 3-37. New Zealand will now play either Australia or England at Lords on July 14.
Jadeja played an important role in giving India hope of progressing to the World Cup final, scoring 77 runs off 58 balls.
After a disastrous start by India’s top order, MS Dhoni and Jadeja stood up to the occasion and cemented a 50-plus runs partnership. India were 175 for 6 in 43 overs.
New Zealand bowlers had successfully restricted the flow of runs while picking up crucial wickets at regular intervals, making it increasingly hard for India to chase the 240-run target set by the Black Caps. However, Jadeja’s aggressive batting increased India’s chances to make their way to the World Cup final.
Earlier, New Zealand set a 239 run target for India in the World Cup semi-final at Old Trafford, where persistent rain led to a premature end to play on Tuesday and the need to use a reserve day set aside by organisers.
The Kiwis resumed the match on 211-5 with 3.5 overs remaining. New Zealand wrapped up their innings on the second day of play at 239-8.
The final overs were bowled by pacemen Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, who on Tuesday helped to tie down New Zealand’s batsmen with disciplined bowling on a sluggish pitch. Kumar picked up two wickets today while Bumrah took the wicket of Ross Taylor.