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New Zealand shattered India’s World Cup dream after defeating it by 18 runs in the blockbuster semi-final of the World Cup 2019.
New Zealand pulled off the staggering upset to knock India out of the World Cup and advance to the final after a nail-biting fight at Old Trafford on Wednesday. Kiwis’ disciplined bowling and fielding outclassing tournament favorites India.
“Karma has avenged #teamIndia for their “lack of intent” during #EngvInd. They had the intent today but Divine Justice is stronger than intent. #INDvsNZ,”
After a disastrous start by India’s top order, MS Dhoni and Jadeja stood up to the occasion and cemented a 50-plus runs partnership.
A 116-run partnership between former skipper MS Dhoni (50) and Ravindra Jadeja (77) troubled New Zealand in the middle overs, but fine death bowling and a spectacular display of fielding gave the Kiwis the last laugh.
Matt Henry — who wrecked India’s top order — was awarded Man of the Match for his 3-37. New Zealand will now play either Australia or England at Lords on July 14.
New Zealand bowlers had successfully restricted the flow of runs while picking up crucial wickets at regular intervals, making it increasingly hard for India to chase the 240-run target set by the Black Caps.
Some people were quick to remind the Indian cricket team about their lack of intent during the match between England and India, as India did not make serious efforts to win the match because their win would have given Pakistan a chance to advance to semi-finals.
Dhoni’s inning in the match against India had raised some eyebrows. In the semi-final, he was run-out just when he was coming in the position to finish the match.
“Karma has avenged #teamIndia for their “lack of intent” during #EngvInd. They had the intent today but Divine Justice is stronger than intent. #INDvsNZ,” a user on Twitter wrote.
“Throw was fantastic”
The MiG-21 fighter jet which was piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman during a dogfight with Pakistan Air Force planes on February 27 in the wake of Pulwama attack in Kashmir once again came into play when Dhoni was run out by Martin Guptill.
“Guptil: How was a throw?
Dhoni: Throw was Fantastic,” quipped a Twitter user.
Abhinandan’s polite refusal to give more details than necessary after being captured by Pakistan forces – “I am sorry major, I am not supposed to tell you this” – had won him particular sympathy in India.
“The tea is fantastic, thank you,” was another expression which had prompted an explosion of responses on social media in Pakistan.