SHOWS: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (JULY 10, 2019) (ICC - SEE RESTRICTIONS) 1.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) KANE WILLIAMSON, NEW ZEALAND CAPTAIN, SAYING: "Yeah, obviously, a brilliant fighting effort from our guys on what was another tough surface and sort of required that mentality and it was really important that we're prepared to do that and stay in the game for a long time.
We all know the class side that India are.
"At the halfway stage, we sort of wanted 240, 250 and we knew we would be competitive if we got that because the surface played the way it did.
But then to have to start with the ball that we had was an outstanding way to try and kick things off and try and get into a position of strength and I thought the way the bowlers and the fielders operated throughout on a big field, on a surface which they had to adapt differently again, was a great effort." 2.
WHITE FLASH 3.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) KANE WILLIAMSON, NEW ZEALAND CAPTAIN, SAYING: "You come to this tournament where anybody can beat anybody.
We saw a number of results that perhaps were sides ranked lower beat sides ranked higher, but I think everybody knew that anybody can beat anybody.
So when that is the nature of it, it seems unlikely to win every game but at the same time you want to try and go out and play the cricket that you want to play for a long period of time and rely on that to perhaps get you to a finals stage which we did.
"We came through in the fourth position, which is fine.
And then we put out a much-improved performance in the semifinal and it is important for us to try and make small improvements moving into our next match." STORY: Captain Kane Williamson hailed his pace attack after a devastating opening 10 overs sent New Zealand into their second straight World Cup final with a surprise 18-run win over India at Old Trafford on Wednesday (July 10).
After New Zealand set them a modest target of 240 to win, India were reduced to 24-4 with Rohit Sharma, skipper Virat Kohli and KL Rahul dismissed for a single run each as the Black Caps' opening attack delivered in style.
Matt Henry did the damage with three of the early wickets while left-armer Trent Boult also bowled superbly, keeping the pressure and picking up the vital wicket of India skipper Kohli.
Boult later removing dangerman Ravindra Jadeja, whose 77 off 59 balls had threatened to thwart the Kiwis.
Two of the key moments in the game were bits of brilliance in the field -- Jimmy Neesham's astonishing left-handed catch to dismiss Dinesh Karthik for the fourth wicket and a direct hit from Martin Guptill running out MS Dhoni to fatally wound India's late run chase.
The Kiwis had lost their last three games in the group stage, which was topped by India, who themselves suffered only one defeat.
(Production: Andy Ragg)