India’s World Cup dream shattered as New Zealand win by 18 runs
India’s World Cup dream was shattered when the team bundled out for 221 with three balls remaining in the semi-final against New Zealand at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Jadeja played an important role in giving India hope of progressing to the World Cup final, scoring 77 runs off 58 balls.
After a disastrous start by India’s top order, MS Dhoni and Jadeja stood up to the occasion and cemented a 50-plus runs partnership.
India were 175 for 6 in 43 overs. New Zealand bowlers had successfully restricted the flow of runs while picking up crucial wickets at regular intervals, making it increasingly hard for India to chase the 240-run target set by the Black Caps.
However, Jadeja’s aggressive batting increased India’s chances to make their way to the World Cup final. The pressure on India was further let up by a few dropped catches by the Black Caps. The required run rate still seemed out of reach as it crossed 12 per over. In the 31st over, Hardik Pandya (32) succumbed to pressure and was removed by Mitchell Santner. The wicket came eight overs after Rishabh Pant’s (32) dismissal, who had played right into the hands of Colin de Grandhomme in the 23rd over, reducing his team to 71 for 5.