New Zealand better prepared this time for World Cup final, says Taylor

Over dependence on just two players to do the bulk of the scoring.

New Zealand will face England, who defeated Australia by eight wickets in the second semi-final on Thursday, for the 2019 World Cup final at Lord's on July 14.

New Zealand left-arm seamer Trent Boult has revealed that his side gained "inspiration" from watching Pakistan beat India in the Champions Trophy final in 2017.

A position of 24 for four after 10 overs was the lowest off the first powerplay in the tournament, beating New Zealand's score of 27 for one on Tuesday, tilting the balance firmly towards the Kiwis.

Tom Latham then provided Jadeja with a simplest of catch to give Bhuvneshwar his second wicket of the match.

On Wednesday, India lost to New Zealand by 18 runs at the Old Trafford to bow out of the competition.

"The big boys up front were fantastic getting those three wickets and from there it was nice to be ahead of the game".

India failed to chase 240 after the semis was forced into the reserve day due to rains.

In reply, India seemed in a hurry to finish the match. "There were so many contributions throughout the match, with bat, ball, in the field, that were vital to get us across the line", he added. He came at number seven, after batsmen like Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya. Soon after Jadeja returned to pavillion after playing a scintillating knock of 77 runs in 59 balls, Dhoni chose to take control of the Indian run-chase as he despatched Lockie Ferguson for a six.

"It was unfortunate that Jadeja got out to a ball that he could have hit for a six".

"The other batsmen also did not show much intent until Jadeja came in and played superbly". The greatest finisher the game has ever seen had a chance to pen what could have been one final glory song in a storied career.

However he admitted after this one that the final at Lord's may well be his final appearance on this stage.

In the semi-finals of World Cup prior to that in 2011 in Chandigarh, Kohli, as a 22-year-old, scored nine runs off 21 balls before he was caught at backward-point by Umar Akmal off the bowling of Wahab Riaz.

India's campaign in the ICC World Cup has come to an end with a defeat in the semifinal that saw the encounter being played over two days.

Australia skipper Aaron Finch on his country's World Cup record: "I think World Cups are very special, they bring out the best in the best players, so I think that's why Australia have had a very rich history in World Cups".

Even after Team India lost the semifinals and knocked out of ICC World Cup 2019, Indian Cricket fans didn't stop supporting them and flooded the social media platforms with wholehearted gestures and comments.

  • Julie Sanders


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