New Zealand qualified for a second successive Cricket World Cup final, after pulling off a remarkable upset over tournament favorites India in the semi finals on Wednesday.
The match had to be played over two days, as bad weather suspended play on Tuesday after New Zealand had scored 211 runs for the loss of 5 wickets with four overs left. They went on to add 28 runs in the final four overs when play resumed on Wednesday, to take their total to 239 for the loss of 8 wickets.
Chasing this total, India got off to a disastrous start as they lost the first 3 wickets with just 5 runs on the board. Tournaments top scorer Rohit Sharma and captain Virat Kohli were both dismissed for just 1 run, as New Zealand wreaked havoc on the Indian top order. A rebuilding job by MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja helped India get close to the target, but ultimately were dismissed for 221 runs. Man of the match Matt Henry took 3 wickets for New Zealand.
Speaking after the match, Indian captain Virat Kolhi praised New Zealand's performance and said that they were deserving winners. He also lamented a bad 45 minutes of cricket from India during the start of their innings that cost the team a place in the final.
This will be New Zealand's second successive final, having lost the 2015 final to Australia. A repeat of that final could take place again this year, with Australia battling hosts England for the other spot in the final.