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India stunned by 18 runs, New Zealand into final

Kriralok Desk:

New Zealand reached their second consecutive World Cup final with a stunning 18-run win over shell-shocked India at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

The Black Caps will play hosts England or holders Australia in Sunday’s title match at Lord’s after pulling off a remarkable triumph against two-time champions India.

New Zealand, beaten in the 2015 final by Australia, were restricted to just 239-8 after completing their 50 overs a day later than expected
following the suspension of play due to rain on Tuesday. Ross Taylor scored 74 and 67 runs came from the willow on captain Williamson.

But Kane Williamson’s side bowled superbly to rock India, with three top-order wickets from paceman Matthew Henry proving the key contribution in dismissing the pre-tournament favourites for 221. Ravindra Jadeja’s 77 from 59 balls was in vain as no other batsman cooperate with him.