One of the most historic matches of World Cup 2019 took place at Old Trafford, Manchester yesterday as India and New Zealand came head to head on reserve day. New Zealand began their rain affected innings from the previous day and added a mere 28 runs to their total reaching 240 at the end of 50 overs. Looking at the score card, victory did not seem far-fetched for India who had proudly stood at the top of points table in group stages.
However, what followed after was catastrophe for India’s 1.3 billion fans as Virat Kohli led side lost three wickets (Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul) in mere five runs. After returning to the pavilion with one run each, the top order batsmen looked up to Dinesh Karthik who was dismissed at 24 runs for team India.
Then came in Jadeja who with his attempts (though unfruitful) led the team towards stability. Together Jadeja and India’s favorite former captain MS Dhoni partnered to sail the team towards 150 and the total did not seem to unrealistic to achieve.
However, India’s dream of World Cup trophy came to an end as Jadeja’s 77 runs innings came to halt with Trent Boult’s ball to which Jadeja’s attempt to six was caught by Kane Williamson. Soon after Dhoni was run out magnificently by Martin Guptill’s direct hit to the stumps, and the former captain returned to pavilion with a half century.
This translated as a partial defeat for India which was finally stamped as three balls remained and Yuzvendra Chahal was dismissed by Kiwi wicketkeeper Tom Latham.
India finished off at 221 and so did its dream to reach the final of ICC World Cup 2019. The top ranker of group stages, the Virat Kohli’s led invincible side was crushed to defeat by underdogs Kiwis who made an astounding comeback after three consecutive defeats in the group stages.