It was not supposed to be this way, the script had some other ending; New Zealand were firm underdogs. There was a proper jostle in the fag end of the tournament as to who wants to face the Kiwis in the final. But then cricket matches don’t often go to script.
In a game worthy of a World Cup semifinal, the New Zealand bowlers, defending only 239, tore through the Indian top order and even with Ravindra Jadeja going hammer and tongs, they managed to keep their nerves to win the contest by 18 runs and book their place in the final for the second straight time.
New Zealand added 28 runs from 23 balls on the reserve day to complete their innings on 239/8. It seemed like an easy run chase but then the Kiwi bowlers ran the Indian top order ragged, reducing them to 24/4. Jadeja slammed 77 off 59 balls but fell at a crucial time as India were bowled out for 221 in 49.3 overs.