India suffered a shocking exit from the semifinals of the ICC World Cup 2019 losing to New Zealand by 18 runs on July 10 (Thursday) at the Old Trafford in Manchester. Despite an early exit, the team will stay in Manchester till July 14 as the BCCI had failed to arrange tickets for an early departure.
India to stay in Manchester till July 14
New Zealand seamers Matt Henry and Trent Boult starred with the ball to defend a moderate target set by them over two days. They removed India’s top-order batters in no time to have them at five for three and then at 24 for four. Although India put their best feet forward with two partnership, the dismissal of Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni after a 100-run stand was the final nail in the coffin. Previously, half-centuries from Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson had propelled New Zealand to 239 runs in rain-marred first innings. The target proved too much for Virat Kohli & Co as hey fell 18 runs short at Manchester.
Despite an early exit, the players have no choice to leave early as BCCI has failed to arrange tickets for their departure. As per reports, most of the players will be in Manchester till July 14 and will leave for their respective destinations from there. Meanwhile, some players will return to India, while others might stay back or may go for different destinations for a 15-day break after playing the marquee event for the last seven weeks.