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New Zealand stun India to reach World Cup final

Wednesday July 10 2019
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New Zealand's James Neesham (left) celebrates after taking the final wicket of India's Yuzvendra Chahal and winning their 2019 Cricket World Cup first semi-final against India at Old Trafford in Manchester on July 10, 2019. PHOTO | OLI SCARFF |

By AFP

MANCHESTER

New Zealand reached their second 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.

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.

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