Even the Cricket pundits had somehow overlooked the Kiwis against the strong Indian side. Everyone seemed too conclusive about Indian final at Lords on 14th of this month but the game of Cricket had some other plans.
The first semifinal at Old Trafford was drenched in rain on the first day. New Zealand had to resume from 211 for five from 46.1 overs on Wednesday. The Kiwis managed to set a target of 240 in 50 overs. That seemed a piece of cake for the stalwart Indian batsmen. Indian fans were ecstatic in advance.
Then a moment came for which the true Cricket experts were waiting for, what will happen if Rohit and Kohli get out early? So it happened here at Manchester against the New Zealand in the first Semi Final of the World Cup to let the worst fears devastate India. Rohit was dismissed by Henry in the second over and Kohli was trapped in front by Boult in the very next over, and then hopes started to fade for the blues.
Dhoni and Jadeja partnership rejuvenated Indians. Jadeja’s explosive 77 from 59 balls brought them back into the game. They slightly lost momentum when Dhoni kept rotating the strike with mere singles increasing pressure on Jadeja to go for the big ones. Jadeja was caught when still 30 runs were left in 14 deliveries. In the very next over MS Dhoni got run out. Guptill’s magical direct hit removed all chances of India to reach the finals.
Soon social media networks got flooded with overwhelming responses by Cricket fans from around the world. Indian ouster from the World Cup set off celebrations in the occupied Kashmir and no doubt, Pakistanis were the first to rejoice the news. India’s World Cup campaign ended dramatically, reanimating critics for stern analysis on Indian Cricket team.