India vs New Zealand Semi Finals

Played at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening, New Zealand were batting at 211/5 after 46.1 overs, when heavy rain meant the game had to be halted and resumed on Wednesday.

For a while, it looked as if India might have to chase a potentially tricky 148 off the 20 overs that would have constituted a game - a scenario that would have brought New Zealand's high-class seam attack into contention and risked robbing India of a place in Sunday's Lord's final against either England or Australia.

And Srikkanth feels it was one of the root causes for India's ouster in an otherwise impressive campaign.

Indian cricketers greet each other after their team lost the Cricket World Cup semifinal match between India and New Zealand at Old Trafford in Manchester, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. But it is advantage India if play is indeed washed off again on the reserve day.

"Had it been a full day, India probably would have had it easy".

While through to a second successive World Cup final, Williamson viewed his side's feat at this year's tournament very differently to when they jointly hosted with Australia in 2015. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson had won the toss and chose to bat first.

"Make no mistake, this was a stunning, surprising, unexpected win by New Zealand, with India heavily tipped from the start to win the tournament", said BBC reporter Amy Lofthouse.

Jadeja's innings gave Indian fans a glimmer of a possible comeback after they witnessed their top order fall like a pack of cards. He nearly won the match alongside Dhoni and his all-round performance was brilliant for the entire match.

Just when they seemed to have got settled, Pant's impetuosity cost India dearly as his slog sweep was taken by Colin de Grandhomme off Santner. The Black Caps were restricted to 27-1 in the powerplay - the lowest total in the opening 10 overs of this World Cup - with only captain Kane Williamson (67) able to find any real fluency.

"New Zealand deserves a lot of credit because they really put up a great display of how to bowl with the new ball".

There was little indication of the drama in store while the Kiwis laboured to 239 in their rain-affected innings, with Ross Taylor criticised for apparently adopting a pedestrian approach on a hard surface in Manchester.

Matt Henry picked up three wickets for 23 runs in his seven overs, while Trent Boult took one for 16 in his six overs.

And within three balls, India would all but fall out of the match. "But you have to accept it". "In the field I think we were spot on", he said.

"We're still struggling to get the right middle-order combination".

"We've played outstanding cricket throughout this tournament".

  • Julie Sanders