Thursday 11 July 2019 4:03 AM UTC
MANCHESTER July 11: India bowed out of World Cup 2019 after losing to New Zealand by 18 runs in the first semi-final of World Cup 2019. Gritty half-centuries from Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni went in vain as India were all out for 221 runs in 49.3 overs.
India lost their top three batsmen for just five runs inside four overs as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul could score just one run each. Dhoni and Jadeja added over 100 runs for the seventh wicket to keep India in the chase but the duo both got out in quick succession trying to up the ante.
From there on, India couldn’t recover and eventually fell 18 runs short of the target.
After India’s loss, fans, former players and Bollywood stars took to Twitter to sympathise with the Indian players. Dhoni and Jadeja, who played out of their skins to bring India back from the dead, won a lot of praise.
Sachin Tendulkar @sachin_rt wrote: ” ? just like every ?? supporter. A good fight put up by @imjadeja & @msdhoni but @BLACKCAPS were exceptional today. Congrats to ?? on making it to the Finals & all the best for the same.
I felt #KaneWilliamson’s captaincy & composure played a crucial role in this result.#NZvIND
VVS Laxman @VVSLaxman281: “Congratulations to Kane Williamson and the @BLACKCAPS for making it to a second successive World Cup Finals.
Ravindra Jadeja along with Dhoni fought brilliantly and got India so close but NZ were brilliant with the new ball and that was decisive. #IndvNZ
Virender Sehwag @virendersehwag: “Congratulations to @BLACKCAPS on making it to the finals. Jadeja played an outstanding innings and got India in the game along with MS Dhoni, yet it was a case of so near yet so far #IndvNZ
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