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Manchester, July 11 Destroyer-in-chief of India’s famed top-order, pacer Matt Henry says the flurry of wickets in the first 45 minutes of chase paved the way for New Zealand’s 18-run victory in the World Cup semifinal here.

Defending a modest target of 240, the duo of Henry and Trent Boult wrecked havoc with the new ball, reducing them to 3 for five and then 4 for 24.

“We wanted to get on top and put them under pressure. India have a world-class batting line-up and to break that opening partnership was huge,” Henry said after the win.

“Semi-finals are a special opportunity. We knew it would be tough for them if we took early wickets and that gave us the platform we needed,” he added.

Henry’s figures of three for 37 included the top-order scalps of Rohit Sharma, K L Rahul and Dinesh Karthik, earning him the Man-of-the-Match Award.

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