New Zealand have entered a World Cup finals for the second time in a row after being beaten by Australia in the 2015 finals in Melbourne, Australia. Rearguard action by Pandya (32 runs in 62 balls) and Rishab Pant (32 runs in 56 balls) was not good enough till veteran and former captain Dhoni (50 runs in 72 balls) along with a courageous 77 runs in 59 balls by Jadeja brought hopes for an Indian win.
A set of Indian fans wearing jersies with Virat Kohli's name at the front and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's at the back got the Intenational Cricket Council (ICC) to cook up a smart tweet that got people talking as India took on New Zealand in the first semifinal of the World Cup at the Old Trafford on Tuesday.
After the match against India, he said: "We've had to skin it over the round-robin, so it's been quite different".
A 116-run seventh wicket partnership between former skipper MS Dhoni (49) and Ravindera Jadeja (77) troubled New Zealand in the middle overs the Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester, but fine death bowling and a spectacular display of fielding gave the Kiwis the last laugh.
They slumped to five for three in pursuit of a target of 240 and were 24 for four when Dinesh Karthik was out.
"Always feels disappointed when you play such a good cricket and then 45 minutes of bad cricket puts you out of tournament".
"I wasn't surprised with how New Zealand played, to be honest".
Indian skipper Virat Kohli while addressing the post match press conference said that he had not received any communication from Dhoni and implied that he would be available for selection for the upcoming West Indies tour if no statement is made from Dhoni's side.
Again things looked far from India's reach when they lost Jadeja and Dhoni in the space of eight runs.
Jadeja struck four sixes and four fours in a measured innings but when he mistimed a shot off Boult, Williamson took a catch, India was 208-7 with 13 balls left and the chasers had lost their big-hitter.
"I'm really happy for him because he's been a very understated cricketer but a top quality cricketer for India in the field, with the ball, with the bat, priceless".
But the match finished with three balls to spare when Chahal edged to wicketkeeper Tom Latham, a review confirming his dismissal and New Zealand's shock victory. Dhoni's last outing for India in the World Cup thus ended sadly with India on the losing side.
India were then five for three when Rahul was brilliantly caught by a diving Latham after edging Henry.
Sharma, the Cricket World Cup's top run-scorer with 648, edged Matt Henry behind off the fourth ball of his innings.
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