India’s dream to play World Cup final for the fourth time was broken on Wednesday, 10th July. Despite the efforts of Ravindra Jadeja and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, New Zealand defeated India by 18 runs.
With this win, it reached the finals for the second consecutive time. The Indian team was out for the second time in the semi-finals. Last time Australia defeated it.
Indian team chased down to 221 in pursuit of 240 runs in semi-finals played at Manchester’s Old Trafford Stadium. The top order failed completely. Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul and Virat Kohli were dismissed for just 1-1.
The lower order tried to return to the match, but in the last over, Jadeja (77 runs) and Dhoni (50 runs) were dismissed in favor of New Zealand’s decision.
New Zealand scored 239 for 8 in their 50 overs. For Ross Taylor, 74 and captain Ken Williamson played 67 runs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar took three wickets for India. India were reduced to 221 runs in 49.3 overs.
Dhoni scored a half-century in the last World Cup match
This was Dhoni’s last World Cup match. He scored 50 runs off 72 balls. In this inning, Dhoni scored a four and a six. He scored 297 runs in 9 matches at an average of 45.50 in this World Cup. In wicket-keeping, he took 7 catches and 3 stumping. Dhoni first played the World Cup in 2007. Since then, he scored 780 runs in 29 matches in this tournament. During this 2011 World Cup final, it was unbeaten 91 runs. Then the team won the title in their captaincy.
Kohli did not bat in a third consecutive semifinal
Virat Kohli did not run for the third consecutive semi-final in his World Cup career. Earlier in 2011, he was out for 9 in the semi-final against Pakistan. 1 in the semifinal against Australia in 2015 and this time against New Zealand in the semi-finals also was out for 1 run.
Hero of India: Ravindra Jadeja
This was Jadeja’s second match in this World Cup. He made his name in the bowling of 1 wicket. Two catches and one runout Jadeja scored a half century in ODIs after 5 years. He had made the last half-century in England against Leeds in 2014. Jadeja-Dhoni shared a 116-run partnership for the seventh wicket.
Jadeja has become the most successful fielder in this World Cup. During fielding, he scored 41 runs for Team India.
WILLIAMS, THE HIGHEST RUN-SCORER IN A WORLD FOR NEW ZEALAND
Williamson became the highest run-scorer for New Zealand in a World Cup. In his World Cup, he scored 548 runs. He broke the record of Guptill. Guptill scored 547 runs in 2015. Only two New Zealand batsmen have scored 500+ runs in a World Cup so far. Williamson is the fourth batsman to score 500+ runs in this World Cup. Rohit Sharma (647 runs) is the highest run scorer.
WILLIAMSON MADE A HALF-CENTURY PARTNERSHIP WITH NICHOLAS
Ravindra Jadeja gave another blow to New Zealand when he dismissed Henry Nicholas.
Nicholas was bold after making 28 runs. He shared a 68-run partnership with Williamson for the second wicket. Jaspreet Bumrah sent Martin Guptill to the pavilion on the third ball of the fourth over. Guptill could only make one run. Virat Kohli took his catch. Jadeja gave 34 runs in 10 overs. James Neesham scored 12 runs off Hardik Pandya’s delivery. Bhuvneshwar dismissed Colin de Grandhomme (16).
NEW ZEALAND’S LOWEST RUN IN THE POWER PLAY IN THIS WORLD CUP
Bumrah has thrown the most 9 maidens in this World Cup. England’s Jofra Archer, 8, and Australia’s Pat Cummins have scored 6 points. New Zealand first scored 27 runs in a power play. In this World Cup, this is the lowest score in the power play by any team.
INDIA LOST THE FIRST BALL REVIEW
Earlier, India lost the first ball review. Bhuvneshwar Kumar appealed against LBW against Guptill, but the ball was going out of the leg stump. The third umpire called Guptill a not out. In the first two overs, the New Zealand team could not even open the account.