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India's World Cup dream shattered as New Zealand win by 18 runs

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New Zealand's victory over heavy favourites India in the Cricket World Cup semi-finals was as surprising to fans at home as it was to the thousands of Indian supporters at Old Trafford and millions more watching on television. Both Rohit Sharma - who had been in tremendous form throughout the tournament - and skipper Virat Kohli got out for a score of one.

But the Black Caps kept their composure, Boult had Jadeja caught in the 48th over and Martin Guptill's superb direct hit ran out Dhoni (50) midway through the 49th as they bowled India out for 221 to secure their place in a second successive World Cup final.

Jadeja played an important role in giving India hope of progressing to the World Cup final, scoring 77 runs off 58 balls.

The event aimed to promote relationships between the parliamentarians and to celebrate the 2019 Cricket World Cup taking place now in England and Wales.

Over the course of the next 17 overs though, India clawed their way back.

"He (Pant) is an instinctive player and did well to overcome that situation and stringing a partnership with Hardik (Pandya)". The required run rate still seemed out of reach as it crossed 12 per over.

The ICC will meet this month at their annual conference, where it's expected the fixture format of the next World Cup in India and the amount of team who enter will be discussed.

India's match against New Zealand will not restart, no matter what, now the match has begun.

Heartbroken but composed, Kohli looked back at the mistakes he had made as a youngster to analyse the moment of indiscretion, which led to Pant's dismissal after he dug in their briefly in an attempt to rebuild from a precarious five for three, and then, 4 for 24. New Zealand were overcautious and played out 153 dot balls.

Dinesh Karthik (6) had to walk off after James Neesham took an exceptional one-handed catch at backward point on a delivery by Henry in the 10th over.

The Kiwis resumed the match on 211-5 with 3.5 overs remaining.

New Zealand struggled with the bat at Old Trafford on Tuesday before the heavens opened. Kumar picked up two wickets today while Bumrah took the wicket of Ross Taylor.

They also made the 2015 final in Melbourne where they lost to the hosts. While India topped the group standings, New Zealand were fourth. The second knockout clash will be played between Australia and England at Edgbaston, Birmingham on July 11. The final is at Lord's on Sunday.

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