The Indian team, which went to England as the strongest contender for the title of ICC World Cup-2019, has ended their journey in the semi-finals. He had to face defeat by New Zealand by 18 runs in this exciting semi-final match that lasted two days. With this, New Zealand reached the finals for the second time in a row. He also played the final in the 2015 World Cup.
In the final, New Zealand will be facing the winner of the second semi-final match between Australia and England on Thursday. This is the third semi-final of the Kiwi team in Manchester, out of which two defeats it while it is his first win.
India has crashed out of the World Cup after losing in the semi-finals for the second time in a row. In 2015, Australia defeated India in the semi-finals.
Chasing 240 runs was not easy on the Old Trafford pitch because rain and weather conditions made the conditions easy for fast bowlers. India lost their six wickets at 92 runs. Ravindra Jadeja (77) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (50) shared a 116-run partnership for the seventh wicket to bring India closer to victory. This is the second-largest partnership for the seventh wicket in the World Cup.
It seemed that the pair of Jadeja and Dhoni would make India in the final, but then Trent Boult changed the game’s stand. He got Jadeja caught by captain Ken Williamson at a total of 208. Jadeja faced 59 balls and hit four fours and four sixes.
Last hope of India was Dhoni
Dhoni was the last hope of India on the crease. In the last two overs, India needed 31 runs. Dhoni hit a six on the first ball and wanted to take two runs on the second ball. He ran for the second run, could not keep the bat at the crease before Martin Guptill’s direct hit and that’s where India’s hopes were dashed. He faced 72 balls and hit a six and a four. Lockie Ferguson got Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s wicket and James Neesham got Yuzvendra Chahal’s wicket in the semi-finals of the World Cup.
Starting condition of India’s Inning
Earlier, India’s start was very poor and its middle order was once again untouched by responsible inning. India lost their top order on a total of five runs. Rohit Sharma (1) and Lokesh Rahul (1), Matt Henry made prey them, and Captain Virat Kohli (1) was LBW by Boult.
Young Rishabh Pant and veteran Dinesh Karthik had a chance to handle the team and show their importance, but both failed. Earlier, Karthik became Henry’s prey on a total score of 24. Pant’s immaturity once again appeared. Pant had shared 47 runs partnership with Hardik Pandya. Pant was caught out by Santner.
Pandya too was bowled out Santner and Kiwi skipper strengthened the chances of India’s defeat by holding Pandya’s catch. Pandya hit 32 runs in 62 balls with two fours.