Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar could not contain his disappointment over India’s heartbreaking exit from World Cup 2019. New Zealand stunned India by 18 runs in the first semifinal to storm into the final where they will take on the winner between England and Australia. India were the firm favourites to win the game because of their performance at the group stage.
However, the past result made little difference as New Zealand booked their place in the final. New Zealand posted a modest total of 239 for 8 in the allotted 50 overs. In reply, India were all out for just 221 despite heroics from Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni. India started disastrously with the bat.
Matt Henry sent back Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul while Boult accounted for Virat Kohli to leave India reeling at 5 for 3. Dinesh Karthik also failed while Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya could not capitalise on the starts as India found themselves 6 down for just 92. But just when it looked all over for Team India, Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni produced a 116-run partnership to drag the Men in Blue back in contention.
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 10, 2019
However, with 37 runs needed from the final 18 balls, Jadeja departed for 77. Dhoni struck a six off the first ball of the 49th over but was then superbly run out by Martin Guptill to realistically end India’s slim chances. India were eventually all out for 221.
After the game ended, Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to express his feeling after the loss. Posting an emoji of a broken heart, the legendary batsman praise Dhoni and Jadeja as he wrote:
“? just like every ?? supporter.A good fight put up by @imjadeja & @msdhoni but @BLACKCAPS were exceptional today. Congrats to ?? on making it to the Finals & all the best for the same. I felt #KaneWilliamson’s captaincy & composure played a crucial role in this result.”
? just like every ?? supporter.
A good fight put up by @imjadeja & @msdhoni but @BLACKCAPS were exceptional today.
Congrats to ?? on making it to the Finals & all the best for the same.
I felt #KaneWilliamson’s captaincy & composure played a crucial role in this result.#NZvIND pic.twitter.com/3sUlW21cgN
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 10, 2019