India’s dream of bringing the trophy to home went in vain as India lost the first semi-final against Kiwis by 18 runs. The match was played at Old Trafford cricket ground, Manchester. New Zealand made its place into the finals consequently second time.
India’s batting line up disappointed its fans and supporters. The low scoring match is always deceptive, yet New Zealand brilliantly defended this low score.
Shocking performance by top order-
The top order batsmen, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, and Virat Kohli failed to perform. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul who have performed quite well in the previous matches failed to maintain the momentum and succumbed to Matt Henry.
Captain Virat Kohli also couldn’t play match-winning innings and lost his wicket to Trent Boult.
All the three batsmen managed to score 1 run which disappointed the Indian Fans.
The middle order didn’t perform under pressure-
After losing three big wickets, the entire responsibility of chasing down the target lied on the middle order, yet they couldn’t perform. Rishabh Pant, an extremely talented youngster didn’t perform well in a pressure situation and lost his wicket to Santner after scoring 32 runs.
Dinesh Kartik on the other side took quite some time to set on the pitch yet failed to score good runs. he went back to pavilion after scoring 6 runs.
Hardik Pandya who is known for his big and fearless hits, couldn’t hit big with the bat. After scoring 32 he succumbed to Santner.
“Dhoni- Jadeja” the most crucial partnership-
India’s batting stumbled drastically but innings of MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja gave the much-needed momentum to the team. Jadeja played like a single warrior in this pressure situation. He scored 77 off just 59 balls.
He was hitting fearlessly which gave India hope of victory. Dhoni supported Jadeja and gave him the maximum strike. Dhoni managed to score a decent 50 in this crucial time and took the match to last overs.
Dhoni’s run out- ”The turning point’
After losing Jadeja, Dhoni was the last hope for the team as well as the fans. But during the 48th over, Dhoni got run out by Martin Guptill. It was not only losing Dhoni or rather it was like losing the match.
The entire team, all the Indian fans were disheartened as he was walking away from the ground. It was the last world cup for the legendary finisher “Mahi”. The gestures of the team, as well as the fans, showed how important this player is for the entire nation.
India lost the match by 18 runs, thus Kiwis qualified for the finals.
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