221 unlucky for both India & Bangladesh

MNA Sports Desk: 221 remains an unlucky number for two Asian cricketing nations – India and Bangladesh. Both the teams’ score stood at 221 on their last game of this world cup.

Bangladesh stopped at 221 after failing to chase Pakistan’s 315 in their last group stage game while India finished on 221 while chasing 239 of New Zealand in the first semifinal of ICC Cricket World Cup today. Hence for both the Asian teams, 221 will be a nightmare.

New Zealand stormed the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 winning a thriller over India at Old Trafford in Manchester on Wednesday.

They defeated the Team India by 18 runs to qualify for their 2nd successive World Cup final.

This was India’s second successive World Cup semi-final defeat.

Chasing 240-run target set by the Black Caps, Indian top-three batsmen departed for just 3 runs inside 3.1 overs.

New Zealand’s Matt Henry and Trent Boult took the wickets of Rohit Sharma (1), Virat Kohli (1) and KL Rahul (1).

Earlier, New Zealand posted 239 for 8 in 50 overs on the reserve day after the semifinal match was suspended on Tuesday due to rain.

Winning toss on Tuesday, the Kiwis elected to bat first and scored 211 for 5 in 46.1 overs before rain came down heavily.

India Today adds: India’s dream of final saw end despite Ravindra Jadeja’s heroic 77 runs.

India were playing for a spot in their 4th World Cup final but at the end of the day, New Zealand reach the title clash.

In 2015, New Zealand had lost to Australia in a one-sided final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. 4 years later, they will wait to see which of Australia and England meet them at Lord’s on July 14.

For India, it was a repeat of the 2015 World Cup campaign. After dominant performances in the group stage and the quarter-final 4 years ago, India went down to Australia. In 2019, India finished on top of the group stage only to lose to New Zealand in the semi-final.

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli had scored 1089 runs in World Cup 2019 between them before the semi-final but both men were dismissed for 1 each in overcast conditions. KL Rahul had scored 360 runs including a maiden World Cup hundred before Wednesday but like Rohit and Kohli, he too perished for 1.

India were tottering at 5 for 3 in 3.1 overs in pursuit of 240. Matt Henry was breathing fire, Trent Boult was on fire after getting Virat Kohli. India needed a miracle and for a while, it looked like Rishabh Pant would provide them that moment of magic.

Playing only his 4th World Cup match, Pant showed more flair than the other Indian batsmen. While Dinesh Karthik played out 16 dot balls at the other end, Pant was keen to get on with the game. Even when Karthik departed to leave India in hot water at 24 for 4, Pant was prepared to play his shots.

Meanwhile, Sourav Ganguly fumed on air because there was no sign of MS Dhoni at the crease. It was surprising enough that India had sent in Dinesh Karthik before Dhoni but the team management decided to spring one more surprise: Hardik Pandya ahead of a man who has scored nearly 11,000 ODI runs.

MS Dhoni has been criticised for his strike rate in the World Cup. His approach in a steep run chase against England stunned Sourav Ganguly and Nasser Hussain who were baffled by his approach. But MS Dhoni was still India’s most experienced batsman in the middle-order and it was hard to fathom why he walked in to bat at No.7.

But Jadeja and Dhoni were not going down without a fight. Ravindra Jadeja was called a bits and pieces cricketer by Sanjay Manjrekar but on Wednesday, he was determined to show he was not. He slammed 77 off 59 balls and added 106 for the 7th wicket with MS Dhoni.

India’s hopes were dashed when Jadeja fell to Trent Boult in the 48th over.

On Tuesday, the play was suspended due to rain after New Zealand had reached 211 for 5 off 46.1 overs. The match resumed on Reserve Day and the Black Caps finished 239 for 8 in 50 overs. India would have imagined it was going to be a breeze but New Zealand had other plans. And their pacers executed them beautifully.


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