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India vs New Zealand - Highlights & Stats

11 July 2019

"We just wanted to put the ball in the good areas and put pressure on India".

New Zealand are into the Cricket World Cup final after holding their nerve to beat India by 18 runs in a thrilling semi-final at Old Trafford.

The 40-year-old Tendulkar, who is now serving as a television pundit for Star Sports the official broadcaster of the World Cup in India, said in an interview with India Today: "I have said in a number of interviews that Kane Williamson as captain has a smart, thinking brain and he is always in control".

"Rohit got a good ball and my ball was also decent. We just wanted some early wickets and it was great start for the bowlers".

"The way Jadeja and (MS) Dhoni were hitting the ball, they were likely to win, but our fielders were then outstanding".

"They had ideal line and lengths and forced us to make errors, or bowled good deliveries to us so the pressure created was enormous in those first 40 minutes". The India captain reviewed the decision but replays showed the ball was clipping the bails and Kohli tossed his bat into the air in disgust. Virat Kohli managed to score only one run in the first World Cup 2019 semi-final in Manchester.

When it was suggested that New Zealand had plunged billions of India fans into a state of mourning, the understated skipper, who has captained the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, replied: "I hope they´re not too angry". Going by the latest update from the match, team India has already lost four wickets, which happen to be the most crucial ones.

Over the course of the next 17 overs though, India clawed their way back. "Now they're at less than half that total after 21". The left-armer kept them to five from the first four balls but it was the slower ball next up that swung the momentum back in New Zealand's favour.

On a wicket tailor-made for the bowlers, Jadeja did play a blinder (77 off 59 balls).

Ross Taylor top-scored with 74 from 90 balls as the Black Caps added 28 runs in the remaining 3.5 overs of their innings, deferred until Wednesday morning because of persistent rain on Tuesday afternoon.

From the next ball, the first of the penultimate over delivered by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Tom Latham struck cleanly high towards the leg-side boundary only for Jadeja to intervene again, leaping to catch two-handed above his head.

India vs New Zealand - Highlights & Stats