PLAYER RATINGS: Williamson leads from the front as India's batting wilts under World Cup pressure

The Cricketer runs the rule over the individual performances on both teams during the World Cup semi-final at Old Trafford...




Rohit Sharma (1): Nibbled Henry through to Latham, ending a run of three successive centuries, and starting that top-order collapse. 2

KL Rahul (1): After watching Kohli and Sharma depart, he could not provide the anchor innings to stabilise his side. 2

Virat Kohli (1): Trapped lbw, just - with DRS showing the ball to be clipping the top of the bails. Was not happy with the decision. 2

Rishabh Pant (32): Played nicely while it lasted, but threw it away when well set after a mature effort. 5

Dinesh Karthik (6): Took 21 balls to get off the mark, and never looked particularly comfortable against New Zealand's spritely quicks. 2

Hardik Pandya (1-55): Stuck manfully at his bowling despite struggling with a groin niggle. Batted manfully alongside Pant, before similarly throwing his wicket away. 5

MS Dhoni (50): The rights and wrongs of his innings will surely be discussed but, truth be told, he did what he could after those above him had failed. 7

Ravindra Jadeja (77 & 1-34): It is becoming increasingly apparent that the allrounder should have been starting all tournament. Total control with the ball, and plenty of turn. The best player on either side. Did not belong on the losing team, especially after a phenomenal effort with the bat. 9

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0 & 3-43): Bowled beautifully, especially at the death when he changed his pace to good effect. 6

Yuzvendra Chahal (5 & 1-63): Outshone by Jadeja in the spin department. The only Indian bowler to go at more than a run a ball. 5

Jasprit Bumrah (0* & 1-39): The best fast bowler on earth - lethal at the top and at the death. Could hardly be faulted across the entire tournament. 7.5


New Zealand are into their second successive World Cup final


Martin Guptill (1): The opener’s hideous World Cup continued with a 14-ball innings which wouldn’t look out of place in a house of horrors. Beaten routinely by Bumrah and Kumar, eventually flanneling a needless edge to second slip. A stunning piece of fielding to run out MS Dhoni all but won New Zealand the game. 5

Henry Nicholls (28): Seemed to be weighing anchor with Williamson before he was done by one from Jadeja which gripped and kept its line, beating the batsman between bat and pad. 4

Kane Williamson (67): Another responsible, watchful innings from the skipper, ended only by an uncharacteristically loose drive at Chahal as he attempted to up the ante. 7.5

Ross Taylor (74): It wasn't pretty but Taylor's third fifty of the tournament gave the Kiwis something to defend. An important part of a defiant stand with Williamson. 7.5

Jimmy Neesham (12 & 1-49): Sent in early in an effort to inject momentum into the innings, but could not deliver. A sensational catch to send off Karthik, but shelled a much simpler chance to be rid of Pant. 7

Colin de Grandhomme (16 & 0-13): Looked to be ready to put the foot down before flicking a tame catch through to Dhoni.4

Tom Latham (10): Little impact with the bat, but kept nicely. 6


Mitchell Santner (9* & 2-34): The best spinner on either side, he was superb. Two key wickets of Pant and Pandya may have ultimately won the day for his side. 8.5

Matt Henry (1 & 3-37): A super opening spell from an underrated operator. The delivery to dismiss Rohit Sharma started the jitters in the Indian camp. 8

Trent Boult (3* & 2-42): A stunning individual display. An exhibition of left-arm pace bowling at times from a world-class performer. 9

Lockie Ferguson (1-43): Quick, hostile, sometimes unplayable. New Zealand missed him against England, but he was back with a bang here. 7.5

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