Yesterday was the Semi final between NewZealand and India. NewZealand had won the toss and chose to bat first. Williamson being the Captain played some good shots and scored 67 out of 95 balls. The team scored 239 runs in 50 overs losing 8 wickets. Due to rain, when India came to bat the pitching condition was not better. They decided first to judge the pitch in few overs and then playing their normal cricketing shots. But it didn’t happen. The kiwis were on fire and bowled very smartly right from the starting over.
Indian Team lost its three important wickets quite early. Thrice of big players namely Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli & KL Rahul were out at 1 run(each) only. This gave an immense pressure to the batting unit. However, the players kept them cool and collected themselves at the moment & tried to lift up the innings. But soon, Dinesh Kartik got catch out.
When Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya were batting, we all thought that they could at least reach the mark where the winning can be possible. However, Rishabh Pant had soft dismissal on Santner’s bowl.
Quickly after the Rishabh Pant’s wicket, Hardik Pandya could not control his patience and tried for a big shot and got catch out on Santner’s bowl. Rohit could not control himself and wept on Hardik’s wicket.
Ravindra Jadega came as the unexpected hero and he played very well by hitting 4 sixes. He scored 77 out of 59. To be true, he did not get the support and enthusiasm he was looking for from the other end being Dhoni. It was too late now and Dhoni thought of making good shots at the last overs. But this is a one sided stage, if you pass you win, you lose then you have to lose the cup. Dhoni run out gave a shock to the entire Indian fans. The remaining players could not collect themselves at the moment. It was big score to chase for them and India got all out at 221.
Both Rohit and Dhoni wept ocean of tears after losing the match and world cup though.
What you feel was the crucial moment in the match.