India crashed out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 (CWC 2019) after facing an 18-run defeat against New Zealand in the semi-final match at the Old Trafford in Manchester. Chasing 240, India were bundled out for 221 despite Ravindra Jadeja’s fighting 77. Apart from Jadeja, MS Dhoni scored 50 off 72 balls but was not enough to take his side home. Hard Luck India! Shahid Afridi After Indian Team's Defeat Against New Zealand in CWC 2019 Semis.
India were left reeling at five for three inside four overs when Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul were dismissed cheaply. New Zealand then made it worse for India as Jimmy Neesham took a superb catch to dismiss Dinesh Karthik. Ravindra Jadeja Created This Record During his Fighting 77 Knock vs New Zealand in CWC 2019 Semi-Final.
Rishabh Pant tried to steady the Indian innings but perished while looking to attack Mitchell Santner. At fall of Pant’s wicket, India were tottering at 71 for five. Things got worse for India when Santner accounted for Hardik Pandya.
However, despite losing wickets early, India were back in the game after Jadeja and Dhoni shared 116-run stand for the seventh wicket. The partnership brought India close to the target and at one point it appeared, the Men in Blue might just cross the line. Trent Boult removed Jadeja while Martin Guptill’s direct hit resulted in Dhoni’s run-out and that ended India’s chances. MS Dhoni Run-Out Video: Watch Martin Guptill Direct Hit Throw to Dismiss MSD and Send New Zealand to CWC 2019 Final
Here are some stat highlights from IND vs NZ CWC 2019 semi-final
# New Zealand qualifies for their second World Cup final.
# MS Dhoni is the only batsman to be dismissed run-out twice in World Cup semi-finals.
# Dhoni-Jadeja stand (116) is now the highest seventh-wicket in WCs.
# Ravindra Jadeja becomes the first player to score a fifty batting at No.7 or lower in a World Cup semi-final match.
After the rain forced the match into the reserve day, New Zealand resumed on an overnight score of 211 for five in 46.1 overs. India did well to restrict them to 239 for eight. For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked three wickets while for Kiwis it was Matt Henry who scalped three victims. New Zealand will now face the winner of England vs Australia in the final.