New Zealand speedster Trent Boult is confident that they could deliver against any team following an 18-run win over India in the first semi-final on Wednesday (July 11). Also, Boult expressed delight in playing their final in London. He added whoever will emerge as an opponent they will relish it.
“We’re just excited about playing in a World Cup final at Lord’s – it doesn’t get bigger than that and whoever we play, we’ll just enjoy it,” Boult said after the game.
Boult had bowled superbly which further saw him conceding 42 runs in his quota of 10 overs. Boult, who had bowled two maiden overs, has managed to dismiss Virat Kohli, before getting rid of dangerous Ravindra Jadeja 77.
The pace spearhead Boult had done exceedingly well. The left-arm paceman has managed to bag 17 wickets in nine matches which also included two four-wicket hauls.
When India were reeling at 92 for six, Jadeja alongside MS Dhoni 50 (72) had stitched a crucial 116-run partnership before Boult broke the threatening partnership.
Dhoni, Jadeja absorbed pressure: Trent Boult
Boult has also praised Dhoni and Jadeja who had absorbed the pressure-cooker situation. He added it is a good feeling to come good.
“They absorbed the pressure nicely and anything can happen with Dhoni and Jadeja at the crease, so it’s just nice to come out on the right side,” Boult added.
Also, Martin Guptill‘s brilliance on the field had brought an end to Dhoni’s cautious knock of 72-ball 50.
The 29-year-old pacer Boult maintained they’ve had enjoyed their time. He also asserted that the ball was moving, which helped them to put pressure on Team India.
“It was mayhem out there with the new ball. It was a dream start for us and great fun to be a part of. We knew our best balls are good enough for anyone. So it was nice to get the ball moving around and really put the pressure on them,” Boult added.
With the thrilling win over Men in Blue, it is their second consecutive time to play the World Cup final at iconic Lord’s on July 14. Pertinently, the game extended to two days due to inclement weather.
Bout asserted that on their day, they can beat anyone.
“I think we are good enough to beat anyone. Every side is stacked with good players. But we can wait to be out there on the big dance, this means everything to the side,” Boult concluded.
On Tuesday, rain halted the play when Kiwis were 211 for five in 46.1 overs. However, the game resumed on Wednesday (July 11). The Black Caps post a modest total of 239 for eight in 50 allotted overs.