New Zealand defeated India by 18 runs in the first semifinal of the ICC World Cup 2019 to book a final berth at the Old Trafford in Manchester. Meanwhile, the Kiwis broke the fielding rules in the 49th over of the match keeping six fielders outside the 30-yard circle.
New Zealand break fielding rule
India lost the game in the dying overs as the New Zealand bowlers bounced back with the prized wickets of Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni to take the game away from the opponents.
The incident took place in the 48th over when Lockie Ferguson was bowling with MS Dhoni at the striker’s end. Kane Williamson has placed six fielders outside the 30-yard circle which went unnoticed by the match officials. Meanwhile, as per the ICC rules, in the final ten overs (41–50) a maximum of 5 fielders will be allowed to field outside the 30-yard circle. The ball yielded no run as Dhoni got out in the next ball which changed the course of the game in New Zealand’s favour.
Here are some tweets:
— Sandy (@Sandy44795403) July 10, 2019
Just want a small clarification @ICC
How Come 6 fielders stay outside the 30 yard circle during the third phase of powerplay (5 fielders are only allowed to stay outside the 30 yard circle) #INDvsNZ #indiavsNewzealand #NZvsIND #CWC2019 #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/nzKUnMrNA4
— Troll Dhoni Haters Tamil Version (@tdhtv_offl) July 10, 2019
Speaking about the game, Matt Henry and Trent Boult starred with the ball to defend the target set by New Zealand. They removed India’s top-order batters in no time to have them at five for three. Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant tried their best but Mitchell Santner was terrific in the middle overs to keep the Kiwis in the game Ravindra Jadeja, and MS Dhoni tried their best scoring individual half-centuries, but New Zealand bounced back in style to make it to the finals on July 14.
Previously, Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson helped New Zealand post 239 runs in rain-marred first innings. India bowled well on the first day to restrict the opponents to 211 runs in 46.1 overs with Taylor at the crease before rain stopped the day’s play. The Kiwis focused on singles when play resumed earlier today to add another 28 runs which proved too much for Virat Kohli & Co.