The first semifinal of the World Cup 2019 between India and New Zealand was heading towards a thrilling finish. India had staged a brilliant comeback to revive their hopes after being reduced to 92 for 6 while chasing 239. India’s hopes were up in smoke right at the beginning of their innings when they were reduced to 5 for 3.
Matt Henry accounted for KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma while Trent Boult dismissed Virat Kohli to put New Zealand on top. India soon found themselves 4 down for 24 and then 6 down for 92. The game looked very much over at that moment before Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni revived India’s hopes. The two mixed caution with aggression to keep India in hunt.
But with 37 runs needed, Jadeja miscued his shot in the 48th over to be out for 77. His knock came off 59 deliveries and contained 4 sixes and as many boundaries. All the eyes were now on MS Dhoni. With 31 runs needed from the last two overs, only MS Dhoni could have taken India over the line. He started the 49th over on a perfect note by dispatching Lockie Ferguson for a six.
However, two balls later he was run-out when he tried to take a non-existing single in order to keep the strike. And MS Dhoni’s dismissal was so hard to take for one fan in Kolkata that he died. A cycle shop owner died while watching the game. According to Times of India, Srikanta Maity (33) collapsed in his shop immediately after MS Dhoni got out. He was watching the match on his phone. He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.
“We rushed to his help on hearing a loud thud. We saw him lying unconscious on the floor. We took him to Khanakul hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival,” a man told the news outlet.