New Zealand through to Cricket World Cup final after beating India

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New Zealand have qualified for the Cricket World Cup final after a sensational fielding display limited India to 221 runs.

India had looked the most likely to win after play was stopped yesterday due to rain but a nightmare start saw India lose three wickets inside the first four overs.

New Zealand had 3.5 overs to complete following yesterday’s play and added 28 runs to set a target of 240, Ross Taylor top-scoring with 74.

It was a nightmare start for India, who lost Rohit Sharma (1), caught behind, and Virat Kohli (1), lbw, in quick succession for 5-2. KL Rahul (1) followed three balls later before Dinesh Karthik was caught by James Neesham for six.

Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya tried to inject some consistency for India but both went for 32 off the bowling of Mitchell Santner.

It was left to MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja to haul India back into the match but a 116-run partnership was not enough. Jadeja was eventually caught by Kane Williamson and Dhoni fell four balls later after a sensational run out by Martin Guptill.

The Indian innings ended one over later after Bhuveshnar Kumar went for a golden duck and Yuzvendra Chahal was caught behind for five.

New Zealand will meet either England or Australia, who play in the second semi-final on Thursday.

Cover Photo: Old Trafford, Lancashire Cricket Club by used under license by CC BY 2.0.

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