CRICKET- Indian batting order crumbled like a pack of cards on Wednesday to bow out of the ongoing ICC ODI Men’s World Cup by losing to New Zealand in the semi-final.
India lost by 18 runs in the first semi-final held at the Old Trafford in Manchester.
The match had to be stopped midway on Tuesday due to rain. After resumption on Wednesday afternoon, the Kiwis set a target of 240 for the Men in Blue. Ross Taylor’s 74 and Kane Williamson’s 64 were the main contributors towards the respectable total.
The target did not seem out of reach in the beginning but after being shocked at the very start with the wickets of skipper Virat Kohli, opener Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, Indian team managed to find some footing with Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya’s partnership.
But that too did not last long and the burden of win fell on MS Dhoni and Ranvindra Jadeja. The two finally managed to score and at one point, it seemed that India will somehow win the match but the dream remained a dream after Jadeja was shown out at 77 and Dhoni followed soon after.
It was over by then and India finally lost the semi-final by 18 runs and could not even mange to bat for the complete 50 overs.
New Zealand will meet either England or Australia in the final at Lord’s on July 14 aiming to win their maiden World Cup.