Ind vs NZ, Manchester

New Zealand won by 18 runs

Ind - 221 (49.3 Ovs)
NZ - 239/8 (50 Ovs)

Right, so that's an end to India's campaign at the 2019 World Cup. This pattern of bowing out in the knockout stages of ICC tournaments will now be starting to haunt them a bit. Since their win in the 2013 Champions Trophy, they have at least made it to the semifinals everytime but don't have a title to show. This is still a good side though, and bar a couple of changes, will continue to be a force. As for New Zealand, what can one say about them. They are forever underestimated, under the radar but do their job efficiently when it matters the most. Successive World Cup final appearances is no joke and they have a chance to go one step further than 2015 this time. For now, they will be resting a bit and waiting to find out who their opponent will be. Is it going to be tournament hosts England or the defending champions Australia? We'll know that tomorrow as the Ashes rivals face off in what should be a cracking game of cricket. This is Hari Sadanandan signing off on behalf of my mates MS Ramakrishnan, Pradeep Krishnamurthy, Sagar Chawla, Vineet Anantharaman, Rishi Roy, Siva and Shashikant Singh. Cheers and good night!

Williamson: It's a different feeling, to be fair. The surfaces and the way we had to skin it, has been different to the last World Cup we experienced. Have a really good bunch of guys. A tough game, tough semifinal and really pleased to be on the right side of things. It was really tough. We had to assess conditions quickly and I think both sides felt that it wasn't a high-scoring track. We thought that 240-250 will help us to put India under pressure. The guys were able to do that in the middle and at the back end without going too hard. Lot of it was on the conditions, with the rain around yesterday and whether it changed the conditions. With the new ball, our bowlers try to move the ball off the seam or in the air. Need to put pressure on that world class batting line-up of India. We knew that when the track slowed down, we had to squeeze. They showed why they are a world class side when they took it really deep to a position where they could have won it through MS and Jadeja. Our character was tested and we came out on top. We've seen conditions be really tricky at times and in some games, we didn't play our best cricket but guys weren't disheartened and backed ourselves. On a particular day, anything can happen and it was a game of small margins. Pleased to come across the line. Indian supporters have been really good.

Kohli: The first half, we were very, very good. With the ball, in the field, we were spot on. We got what we needed at that point. We thought we had restricted New Zealand to a chaseable score on any surface but the way they come out with the ball in the first half-an-hour was what made the difference. We knew we had a good day yesterday and were proud of it. Had a good time in the morning today as well and we had momentum with us. Credit to the New Zealand bowlers, they were really good with the new ball and hit the right areas. I think it was the skill level on display (from NZ bowlers) was there for all to see. I think Jadeja had a really good couple of games and it's his performance today that's a huge positive for his skill-set. MS had a good partnership with him, and again a game of small margins, run out by a small margin. Always feels bad when you play well all tournament and then 45 minutes of bad cricket puts you out. New Zealand deserve it, they put us under more pressure. At times, I think our shot-selection could have been better. Otherwise, we played a really good brand of cricket. Really proud of the way we competed throughout the tournament. As I said, come the knockouts, it's anyone's game and New Zealand showed more composure. They were braver than us and deserve to win. Thanks to all the fans, thanks for coming out in huge numbers.

Matt Henry | Man of the Match | 10-1-37-3: In the break, we talked about making sure we do the best we can and play the way we wanted to play. We started well with the ball and created a lot of pressure. We had to ask a lot of questions against that world-class batting line-up. We knew we had to create pressure against that batting line-up but we also knew that this was a difficult wicket to bat on and it was holding up a little bit. We brought ourselves on and if we could create a few early chances, anything could happen. Hardik and Dhoni, the way they batted with Jadeja to come in, we know they are world-class finishers. We needed to finish off well and get them out before it went too deep. Very special to earn ourselves a Lord's final, thanks to all the New Zealand supporters out there. We are looking forward to the final on Sunday.

India will rue a lot of things in this game, especially in the batting department. The target wasn't really big but the kind of start they got against the swinging ball put them under extreme pressure. Since that fatal CT final of 2017, they had never lost Rohit and Kohli cheaply in the same game, and didn't have a back-up plan for it. The batting order was questionable too, with Dhoni being held back to number seven, even as the inexperienced men were sent ahead of him. It still nearly worked but India were guilty of not being smarter, especially during the middle overs where some questionable shots hurt them. They were quite good with the ball of course, but this surface demanded flexibility in approach and the Black Caps were smarter in all three departments of the game. Williamson's captaincy was sensational too and he was calm even when India threatened.

Defeats in World Cup semis
6 New Zealand
4 Pakistan/ India
3 South Africa
2 England
1 West Indies/ Sri Lanka/ Kenya

New Zealand in World Cup semifinals in Manchester
vs Eng, 1979: Lost by nine runs
vs Pak, 1999: Lost by nine wickets
vs Ind, 2019: Won by 18 runs

14:56 Local Time, 13:56 GMT, 19:26 IST: Take a bow, New Zealand. They were under severe criticism yesterday when the batsmen batted slowly or seemingly slowly, but they were reading the pitch well. Got themselves to a respectable total through some smart batting and then, the bowlers took over in helpful conditions today morning. Henry and Boult were lethal with the new ball, blowing away India's top half to leave them at 5/3 and then 24/4. At that point, a huge win seemed likely but India did fight gradually. First through Pant-Hardik and then through a fantastic Jadeja-Dhoni partnership. The spinning all-rounder in particular played arguably his best ODI knock to get India really deep, with the experienced Dhoni at the other end. Things got really close but Jadeja's dismissal got NZ in front and then Guptill produced a moment for the ages, by running out MS in what could be the latter's final ODI. That was the final nail on the coffin for India who fell short in the end.

49.3 Neesham to Chahal, out Caught by Latham!! NZ make their second successive WC final! What a performance! Subdued celebrations, maybe they are showing restraint because come on, they are just into the summit clash! Coming to the formality-sealing delivery, slower ball that bounced extra as Chahal went for the hoick across the line. Got a feather through to Latham and the Kiwis knew instantly. Chahal wanted a review though but he ain't escaping. UltraEdge shows a big spike and that's the end of that. Chahal c Latham b Neesham 5(5) [4s-1]

Neesham to Chahal, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Chahal has been given out caught behind. He opts for the review because, well because he can. No prizes for saving reviews, might as well use it. Looks out to me. Fair delivery. Is there anything on it? Large spike on the UltraEdge! OUT!

49.2 Neesham to Chahal, no run, edged but just short of Latham! Slower and wider outside off, Chahal went for the cut and got a thick edge. Doesn't carry

49.1 Neesham to Chahal, FOUR, the french cut and it goes away very fine, beating short fine leg and races away to the fence. Was a slower ball and Chahal swung at it, only to get a thick inside edge that fortunately for him, goes through the gap

James Neesham [7.0-0-45-0] is back into the attack

Jasprit Bumrah, right handed bat, comes to the crease

If it matters, 23 needed off 6! Mathematically not impossible but with the lower order batting, it's a bridge too far.

48.6 Ferguson to Bhuvneshwar, out Bowled!! Knocked him over! Slower ball, Bhuvneshwar was way too early into the shot and missed it altogether. Timber! What an outstanding over from Ferguson in such a high-pressure situation! With 31 needed off 12, he's given just eight. Take a bow, Lockie! Bhuvneshwar b Ferguson 0(1)

Ferguson to Bhuvneshwar, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

48.5 Ferguson to Chahal, 1 run, full and angling into Chahal who flicks it away towards deep square leg

48.4 Ferguson to Chahal, no run, very full and outside off, squeezed out towards mid-off

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