#World Cup2019.#New Zealand reached final, beating #India by 18 Runs

New Zealand will play either Australia or England in Sunday’s final at Lord’s. Jimmy Neesham was in the crowd at Eden Park when New Zealand beat South Africa in the semi-final in 2015 and has helped to take them through this time at Old Trafford where the Kiwis lost semi-finals in 1979 and 1999 but won in 2019. 

Matt Henry is man of the match

We wanted to start off well with the ball and create as much pressure as we could. We had to ask a lot of questions – we knew it wasn’t the easiest wicket to bat on. We’ve always got belief. We knew we had to bowl really well.  It’s a pretty special moment and we’re looking forward to Lord’s.

New Zealand win by 18 runs
Kudos to Williamson and Taylor who were heavily criticised yesterday (not least by me) for building a defensible total and to the magnificent Boult, Henry, Ferguson and Santner attack for knocking India over. MS Dhoni backed himself to finish as he so often has but left it too late. Perhaps he should have come in a couple of places higher than No7 but India’s middle-order problems, so blatant all match and concealed by Rohit Sharma’s golden form, have undermined them at the last.  

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