The seventh wicket partnership between Dhoni and Jadeja brought India back into the game from a near-impossible situation, only for the Kiwis to later outclass the Asians by 18 runs. The required run-rate was spiralling out of control and Dhoni had to both protect his wicket and provide the leadership to Jadeja, who hadn't played much of cricket coming into the semi-final match.
During a nailing-biting finale, with India needing 37 from the final three overs, New Zealand got the breakthrough they needed.
For the first time in worldwide history, a team lost its first three batsmen all for 1 as India saw Sharma, Kohli then Rahul depart in the space of 10 balls and was marooned on 5-3 after 3.1 overs.
"With the new ball, our bowlers tried to move the ball off the seam or in the air". Williamson said, "He's not eligible to play for New Zealand". If Australia wins, it will be a repeat of the 2015 final won by the Australians in Melbourne. India lost their second consecutive semi-final of World Cup.
They only managed one boundary as they continued their innings from 211-5 with just 3.5 overs remaining, finishing on 239-8 from their 50 overs.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan Vaughan wasted little time before trolling India and in particular, their skipper Virat Kohli, posting a picture of the superstar batsman holding a plane ticket on his Instagram account. "And so was Dhoni who kept India in the hunt". England will be playing World Cup final after 27 years of wait. A board behind him shows India's previous two World Cup triumphs in 1983 and 2011. "'It's hard to accept and to come to terms with but New Zealand deserve it because they put enough pressure on us and were sharper when it came to the crunch moments", he added.
James Neesham took the final wicket of Yuzvendra Chahal as India were bowled out, with the Kiwis claiming a dramatic victory.