India's hold on the game of cricket and the tournament of the World Cup notwithstanding, New Zealand was always capable of creating this mega-upset.
Srikkanth feels if not for rain-interruption that spilled the match over to the reserve day, India would have easily come out on top.
On a wicket tailor-made for the bowlers, Jadeja did play a blinder (77 off 59 balls). New Zealand will meet the victor of the second semifinal at Lord's on July 14. Williamson and co. will now play the World Cup finals against the victor of the upcoming Australia-England semifinal fixture. Virat Kohli managed to score only one run in the first World Cup 2019 semi-final in Manchester. Needing 52 off the last five overs, Jadeja looked to be guiding India home under the tutelage of former skipper Dhoni but Trent Boult had the last laugh as he dismissed Jadeja in the 48th over to bring New Zealand right back into the game.
It was arguably India's worst defeat since losing against Bangladesh in Trinidad at the 2007 World Cup, a result that led to their crashing out in the first round. However, India were bowled out for 221 in the final over and New Zealand made it to the Sunday's final at Lord's.
"Finals time!" the all-rounder wrote on Twitter.
But his exploits were not enough as the Men in Blue lost by 18 runs.
Two moments of brilliance in the field - a low catch from Jimmy Neesham and Martin Guptill's direct hit to dismiss the unsafe Jadeja for 77 - also contributed to a stunning win. Dhoni was subdued, holding back on the big shots even as the match approached its climax, but Jadeja made up for that with some phenomenal ball-striking. In the end, their partnership of 116 runs was the highest in the history of World Cup for the seventh wicket. Slower ball outside off and Chahal finds an edge to Latham.
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.
Boult and Henry shared five wickets while spinner Mitchell Santner claimed two in a tight display to snuff out India's hopes. Kiwi captain Kane Williamson's workmanlike knock of 67 off 95 may not have been as precious as it turned out to be if India was allowed to be India in terms of its batting prowess during their innings. It was remarkable to see the consistency of their fast bowlers.