Sourav Ganguly’s face and emotions perfectly described the condition of every Indian cricket fan when India and New Zealand were involved in the thrilling semifinal of the World Cup. Fortunes swung from one side to another throughout the match before New Zealand managed to come out on top. The Black Caps stunned India by 18 runs to storm into the final.
India, one of the pre-tournament favourites, were looking set to enter the final after restricting New Zealand to 239 for 8. However, the Kiwis came up with a stunning display to win the game. India’s hopes were up in smoke right at the beginning of their innings when they were reduced to 5 for 3. Matt Henry and Trent Boult rocked India’s top-order in no time. While Henry sent back KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma, Boult accounted for Virat Kohli.
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. However, they were out at crucial junctures and India were eventually all out for 221. Both Jadeja and Dhoni scored fighting fifties but their efforts were not just enough to take India across the line.
Jadeja was out in the 48th over when India needed 32 runs. The onus then fell on MS Dhoni. With 31 runs needed from 2 overs, MS Dhoni started the 49th over with a six off Lockie Ferguson. But two balls later, he was run-out while trying to steal a double. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal were soon dismissed too as New Zealand made it to the final.
And throughout those final nine balls, Sourav Ganguly showed a range of emotions while sitting in the commentary box with Ian Smith. The former India skipper had a wide grin on his face when Dhoni hit the first ball of the 49th over for a maximum. But that smile soon turned into despair when Dhoni and two more wickets fell.
Here is a clip showing Sourav Ganguly’s emotions towards the end of the game: