New Zealand stun India by 18 runs to reach World Cup final

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Virat Kohli had scored 442 runs before India took on New Zealand in the first semi-final of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

From taking a wicket to producing some good catches to even scoring 77 with the bat - this man nearly single-handedly carried India to the finals.

Jadeja's pyrotechnics gave India a fleeting hope but he departed with 32 required off 13 balls before MS Dhoni was run out for 50 from 72 deliveries as the Asian giants were skittled for 221 from 49.3 overs. Which means for the most part of it, we will now find cricket enthusiasts, as opposed to simply India fan (atic) s, take the seat to watch the final on Sunday. Ball-tracking showed it was just clipping the top of the bails, umpire's call, and that was enough to send an enraged Kohli back to the pavilion for just one - taking his record in World Cup semi-finals to 11 runs in three innings.

After the match, Sanjay Manjrekar tweeted his praise for Jadeja's performance.

The play will continue on Wednesday which is a reserve day.

Courtesy this thrilling win, the Black Caps have stormed to their second successive world cup final.

It was arguably India's worst defeat since losing against Bangladesh in Trinidad at the 2007 World Cup, a result that led to their crashing out in the first round.

India's over-dependence on the top-order (or top three batsmen) was exposed big time in the knockout match vs New Zealand when they were tested by a quality pace bowling attack.

On the reserve day on Wednesday, New Zealand added 28 more runs to their overnight score to finish at 239 for eight, a total which India found hard to chase following a top-order collapse under overcast conditions.

Defending the modest total, New Zealand reduced India to five for three in 3.1 overs and that, according to Srikkanth, rocked India's backbone.

Jadeja's dismissal in the 48th over, then Dhoni's run out from a direct hit by Guptill four balls later effectively ended India's chances of reaching the 240 needed. MS Dhoni also contributed with a crucial half-century also failed to make a difference in the nail-biting semifinal at the iconic Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester.

Twitterati also went into overdrive following the Men in Blue loss with users trolling Indian team's captain Virat Kohli saying: "Kohli tujhse nahin hota chase".

"As a New Zealand fan you would be hopeful of them doing it again in the final", Vettori added.