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NZ stun India to reach final

DRAMATIC COLLAPSE:New Zealand are to face either hosts England or reigning champions Australia, who play at Edgbaston today, in Sunday’s final at Lord’s

Reuters, MANCHESTER, England

New Zealand’s Colin de Grandhomme, second right, celebrates with teammates after taking the catch to dismiss India’s Rishabh Pant for 32 in their Cricket World Cup semi-final at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, yesterday.

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New Zealand yesterday survived Ravindra Jadeja’s late onslaught to stun India by 18 runs in a low-scoring thriller and reach the Cricket World Cup final for the second time in a row.

Twice champions India were reeling at 24-4 in their chase for a modest victory target of 240 in what had appeared to be a lop-sided semi-final.

Jadeja (77) then partnered with Mahendra Singh Dhoni in a century-plus stand, but India were bowled out for 221 in the final over and New Zealand are to play hosts England or defending champions Australia in Sunday’s final at Lord’s.

Opting to bat first in the rain-hit contest played over two days, New Zealand’s 239-8 looked far from imposing against India’s formidable batting lineup.

However, Matt Henry (3-37) and Trent Boult (2-42) ripped the heart out of India’s top order and spinner Mitchell Santner struck two crucial blows in the middle overs.

Henry dismissed Rohit Sharma, the World Cup’s leading scorer, and Boult trapped Kohli leg by wicket in the next over.

The India captain reviewed the decision, but could not get it overturned.

K.L. Rahul became the third Indian top-order batsman to depart for one, Henry’s second caught-behind victim.

Jimmy Neesham took a left-handed catch to dismiss Dinesh Karthik as India slumped to 24-4 in 10 overs.

Rishabh Pant added 47 runs with Hardik Pandya to somewhat arrest the slide.

Pant made 32 before his wild heave off Santner found Colin de Grandhomme near the mid-wicket boundary.

Pandya, struggling with a hip injury, also made 32 before throwing away his wicket.

Jadeja injected fresh excitement into the match with his brave counterattack that left his team needing 90 runs off the last 10 overs with four wickets in hand.

He and Dhoni (50) kept India afloat in the chase, which was eventually derailed when both fell in successive overs.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson had opted to bat at a venue where teams batting first had won all five previous matches.

India’s new ball pair of Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-43) and Jasprit Bumrah bowled with impeccable discipline, while Jadeja was also very economical with the ball.

Resuming on the reserve day at 211-5, New Zealand added 28 runs from the remaining 23 deliveries, as Ross Taylor top-scored with a 74 to go with Williamson’s 67.

Jadeja proved his value as a fielder with a pinpoint throw to run out Taylor and in the next delivery, took a well-judged catch near the ropes to dismiss Tom Latham.

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