ICC World Cup 2019: 1st Semi-Final, IND v NZ – New Zealand Player Ratings
It has been an amazing game of cricket over two days - full of drama. And in the end, it was New Zealand who had last laugh.
Published - Jul 10, 2019 8:06 pm | Updated - Jul 10, 2019 8:08 pm
Not often you’d see a one-day game pan out over two days. It was one of those rare instances when the game had to extend into the reserve day due to a rain interruption. New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first in the semi-final against India. The Kiwi batsman had a tough time with the ball swinging and lost Martin Guptill early in the game.
Henry Nicholls crawled to 28 while skipper Kane Williamson played a good knock and scored a fifty. However, he couldn’t cling around for too long. New Zealand lost James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme as well for paltry scores on the first day. Ross Taylor and Tom Latham, the overnight batsmen, couldn’t make a massive impact. An excellent run-out by Ravindra Jadeja put curtains on the former’s innings. In the end, the Kiwis struggled their way to 239/8 in 50 overs.
India got off to that kind of a start that no one would have ever dreamt of. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul could only score 1 run each and they were down to 5/3. Dinesh Karthik also got out for just 6 runs bringing the team down to 25/4. Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya kept India interested briefly but they both fell without able to make much of a difference.
Yet, MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja still kept faith in their ability. The latter took the responsibility to accelerate and played the knock of his life. He scored 77 runs off only 59 balls before he got out while the former Indian skipper mustered 50 runs off 72 balls. However, their efforts weren’t sufficient as India fell short of the target by 18 runs. New Zealand now enters their second consecutive World Cup final and knocked the favourites out.
Here are the New Zealand Player Ratings for the match
Martin Guptill – 4/10
Martin Guptill had an extremely tough time out in the middle. He found it extremely tough against Jasprit Bumrah and could hardly score any runs off him. The Kiwi opener took 14 balls but only scored 1 run before he edged one to Virat Kohli in the slips. Guptill, though, pulled out the rabbit out of the hat on the field to run MS Dhoni out at the stage when India seemed to be getting close to the target.
Henry Nicholls – 3/10
Henry Nicholls did well to counter the tough conditions early on in the game. He was cautious and took a while to pile on a few runs. But, the 28 runs that he scored off 52 balls were critical for his team. Though, he threw his wicket away as Ravindra Jadeja got through the gate at an important stage of the game.