All you need to know about the Black Caps' remarkable 18-run win over India to book a spot in the World Cup final.
Black Caps stun India with epic performance
Matt Henry screamed in elation, veins bulging out of his neck. Trent Boult pumped his fist, barely able to control his flailing limbs. Jimmy Neesham ran around aimlessly, stunned by his own brilliance.
Kane Williamson smiled softly, slowly realising the cricketing history that was unfolding in front of him.
Together, they had produced the magical moments that inspired one of New Zealand cricket's greatest feats.
How Black Caps set in motion dramatic Indian batting collapse
It was a one-day classic that extended across two - but will be remembered for ages as one of the best World Cup matches ever played.
Yet, it took New Zealand just 40 minutes of madness to rip the heart out of a star-studded Indian batting lineup in pursuit of 240 runs - and set the Black Caps on course for the unlikeliest of victories.
Andrew Alderson: Calm and composed - How the Black Caps marched to World Cup final
Where to begin the story of New Zealand dismantling the cricketing juggernaut of India in their two-day international World Cup semi-final?
One period in their bowling display provided the platform from which all the pressure was built to create the Manchester Miracle, writes NZME Andrew Alderson.
Martin Guptill's magic moment that sent Black Caps into final
It's been a crazy 30 hours for the Black Caps and New Zealand Cricket fans but what about Martin Guptill's two days in Manchester?
It's not exactly zero to hero for the Black Caps opener - since he made one in New Zealand's innings - but it was sweet redemption for Guptill who created a vital run out that helped lead New Zealand into a second straight final with a 18-run win over India.
A day earlier Guptill was becoming an online meme when TV cameras caught his sullen face looking out over the ground from the players' pavilion following another failure at the tournament. His one from 14 balls came on the back of four other single figure scores at the World Cup including two golden ducks.
But while his batting form has dipped his fielding has remained excellent and he pulled off some magic once again at Manchester.
World reacts: Cricket world in awe of 'giant-killing' Black Caps
New Zealand's 18-run semifinal victory against India was "an historic act of giant-killing" and "one of the finest one-day internationals ever" according to international media.
But, for Virat Kohli and his shell-shocked team, the pitchforks are well and truly out.
Listen to Radio Sport's commentary of India's innings:
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India captain Virat Kohli reveals how Black Caps' tactics won the semifinal
Indian captain Virat Kohli has been left ruing a disastrous 40 minutes which saw his side sensationally dumped out of the Cricket World Cup by a brilliant Black Caps bowling display.
Chasing 240 for a spot in the World Cup final, India's lauded top order collapsed in remarkable fashion, first falling to 5-3, then slumping further to 24-4 after 10 overs.
Kohli – who made just one from six balls, as part of India's crumble – was left stunned, having gone into the change of innings extremely confident that India would be playing in the final at Lord's on Sunday.
How Black Caps' trust in themselves paid off
Not many people thought they could do it. Fewer still thought it was possible after the first innings. But the Black Caps knew better.
They had witnessed the difficulties of the Old Trafford wicket first-hand while batting. They knew that their total of 239-8 was defendable. And, they knew the firepower they had, ready to be unleashed with the new ball.
They were certain they could shock India and progress to the Cricket World Cup final.
Ross Taylor's inspired message to Black Caps' match-winner Martin Guptill
He has had a wretched Cricket World Cup at the top of the order, but Black Caps batsman Martin Guptill still found a way to be a match-winner when it was needed most.
It was a perfect throw, at a perfect time, and one which made a conversation held yesterday between Guptill and good friend and teammate Ross Taylor seem inspired.
Why Kane Williamson is 100 overs from being the Black Caps' greatest ever
Where four years ago we'd been instantly carried along on a wave of Brendon McCullum-led bravado, Kane Williamson inspires a slow-burning type of beguilement.
Black Caps pulled off one of our greatest sporting upsets
The might of Indian cricket, brought to their knees, in one of New Zealand sport's greatest World Cup upsets. What a time to be alive.
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