Ravindra Jadeja’s heroic 77 went in vain as India crashed to an 18-run defeat to New Zealand in the semi-final of the 2019 Cricket World Cup after Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul flopped in a run chase of 240.
India was playing for a spot in their fourth World Cup final yet by the day’s end, New Zealand raged to their second progressive title clash. In 2015, New Zealand had lost to Australia in an uneven last at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. after 4 years, they will hold on to see which of Australia and England meet them at Lord’s on July 14.
For India, it was a repeat of the 2015 World Cup battle. After a predominant performance in the group stage and the quarter-final 4 years prior, India went down to Australia. In 2019, India completed over the group stage just to lose to New Zealand in the semi-final.
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli had scored 1089 runs in World Cup 2019 between them before the semi-final however the two men were expelled for 1 each in cloudy conditions. KL Rahul had scored 360 runs including a maiden World Cup hundred preceding Wednesday yet like Rohit and Kohli, he too perished for 1.
India was tottering at 5 for 3 in 3.1 overs in pursuit for 240. Matt Henry was breathing flame, Trent Boult was ablaze after getting Virat Kohli. India required a supernatural occurrence and for some time, it looked like Rishabh Pant would give them that snapshot of enchantment.
Playing just his fourth World Cup match, Pant demonstrated more flair than the other Indian batsmen. While Dinesh Karthik played out 16 dot balls at the opposite end, Pant was quick to continue ahead with the game. Notwithstanding when Karthik withdrew to leave India in high temp water at 24 for 4, Pant was set up to play his shots.
Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly fumed on the air in light of the fact that there was no sign of MS Dhoni at the crease. It was amazing enough that India had sent in Dinesh Karthik before Dhoni, however, the group the executives chose to spring one more shock: Hardik Pandya in front of a man who has scored about 11,000 ODI runs.
MS Dhoni has been reprimanded for his strike rate in the World Cup. His methodology in a lofty run pursue against England staggered Sourav Ganguly and Nasser Hussain who were puzzled by his methodology. Be that as it may, MS Dhoni was as yet India’s most experienced batsman in the middle order and it was difficult to understand why he strolled in to bat at No.7.
However, Jadeja and Dhoni were not going down without a fight. Ravindra Jadeja was known as a bits and pieces cricketer by Sanjay Manjrekar however on Wednesday, he was resolved to demonstrate he was definitely not. He slammed 77 off 59 balls and included 106 for the seventh wicket with MS Dhoni.
India’s expectations were dashed when Jadeja fell to Trent Boult in the 48th over.
On Tuesday, the play was suspended because of downpour after New Zealand had achieved 211 for 5 off 46.1 overs. The match continued on Reserve Day and the Black Caps completed 239 for 8 out of 50 overs. India would have envisioned it would have been a breeze yet New Zealand had different plans. Furthermore, their pacers executed them perfectly.