Saturday, 20 July, 2019


My Heart Is Heavy, Says Rohit Sharma After World Cup Exit

World Cup 2019 Virat Kohli fell for just one run in the World Cup 2019 semi-final clash against New Zealand
Noah Ferguson | 11 July, 2019, 22:07

Acknowledging the fighting spirit displayed until the last overs despite suffering early setbacks in terms of losing its top batsmen, the Indian cricket team has received a pat on the back for the die-hard spirit shown in the cricket world cup semi-final match against New Zealand. They have world-class finishers and we knew we'd have to bowl them out to win. Chasing 240, India suffered from a top-order collapse and never recovered from it until Ravindra Jadeja and Dhoni gave 1.3 billion Indian fans a glimmer of hope with their stupendous batting display.

A position of 24 for four after 10 overs was the lowest off the first powerplay in the tournament, beating New Zealand's score of 27 for one on Tuesday, tilting the balance firmly towards the Kiwis. "They put us under pressure and came through in the key moments", Kohli said. Though experienced all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja then held the helms and helped his team to cross at least 200-mark by smashing four jaw-dropping sixes. The required run-rate was spiralling out of control and Dhoni had to both protect his wicket and provide the leadership to Jadeja, who hadn't played much of cricket coming into the semi-final match.

But left-hander Jadeja's 59-ball innings, featuring four fours and four sixes, ended when he skyed Boult to New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.

He was asked if he had been the captain of India, would he had included MS Dhoni in the squad.

Two balls later, Dhoni had run himself out, thanks to a brilliant direct hit by Martin Guptill. First up, it was Rohit's batting masterclass and then that ball from Kuldeep Yadav to dismiss Babar Azam.

The 2019 World Cup is taking place in England and the semi-finalists could be India, Australia, New Zealand and England.

India's team performed in stellar fashion during the group stages of the tournament and topped the points table going into the semi-final, fell to fourth ranked New Zealand in the knock out encounter at the Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester on Wednesday.

The introduction of the metronomic Mitch Santner was telling and India had added only one run in 16 balls before Pant departed for 32 after wildly slugging the slow left armer to deep midwicket.

Ross Taylor top-scored for the Kiwis with 74 runs off 90 deliveries while captain Kane Williamson hit 67 off 95.

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