World Cup 2019: New Zealand bowlers end India’s campaign

Brief scores: New Zealand 239/8 (Ross Taylor 74, Kane Williamson 67; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3/43) beat India 221/10 (Ravindra Jadeja 77, MS Dhoni 50; Matt Henry 3/37, Mitchell Santner 2/34) by 18 runs

India vs New Zealand World Cup 1st semi-final, key stats

  • India lost their second straight World Cup semi-final, this time losing to New Zealand by 18 runs at Old Trafford in Manchester.
  • Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni shared a 116-run sixth-wicket stand to help India fightback after being restricted to 92 for six. Jadeja made his 11th ODI half-century, a 59-ball 77 (4 fours, 4 sixes) and provided impetus to India’s pursuit of 240, while Dhoni held one end up with a 72-ball 50 (1 four, 1 six). But both these batsmen fell in quick succession amid the stiff required run-rate, and India were bowled out for 221.
  • Earlier, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor made their respective39th and 50th half-centuries to help the Blackcaps post 239 for eight batting first. Williamson’s 95-ball 67 (6 fours) provided the calm to the innings after Martin Guptill fell early, while Taylor, who made a 90-ball 74 (3 fours, 1 six) began slowly before upping his strike-rate later to propel the eventual finalist to a par score on a difficult Old Trafford pitch.
  • This was India’s 46th loss to New Zealand in ODIs, while Virat Kohli suffered his 19th loss as Indian ODI captain.