New Delhi, July 10: Team India's dreams of playing their fourth World Cup final came crashing as they were knocked out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with 18-run defeat to New Zealand in Manchester on Wednesday (July 10).
Chasing a target of 240, India were bundled out for 211 in 49.3 overs to get knocked out of the tournament. Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni did their best, but once again India were found wanting in a big spot.
As was the case in the 2015 Cricket World Cup semi-final and the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final, India cruised through a tournament before stumbling in a high-stakes situation.
A target of 240 against New Zealand should have been easily attainable for an experienced batting line-up that had Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli in imperious form. But having fallen to 5-3 just 19 deliveries into their reply, their soft underbelly was exposed and neither Jadeja (77) nor Dhoni (50) could prevent the BlackCaps returning to the World Cup final.
Jadeja (77) and Dhoni (50) stitched a partnership of 116 for the seventh wicket and kept their hopes alive but the mounting pressure of the run rate got the better of them as they were dismissed while trying to take some risk.
With India's campaign coming to an end, here's how cricketing fraternity, celebrities and fans reacted:
Once again. 2015. 2017. 2019. Impressive India fall in the pressure game.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 10, 2019
A disappointing result, but good to see #TeamIndia’s fighting spirit till the very end.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 10, 2019
India batted, bowled, fielded well throughout the tournament, of which we are very proud.
Wins and losses are a part of life. Best wishes to the team for their future endeavours. #INDvsNZ
💔 just like every 🇮🇳 supporter.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 10, 2019
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
Stunning result in Manchester!! I had predicted an England-India final but NZ have been brilliant, unbelievable effort to restrict this India batting for such low total. Great game for Jadeja, hard luck India— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) July 10, 2019
If only India had a couple more Bits & pieces cricketers .... !!! #CWC19— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 10, 2019
Well played Jadeja! 😉— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) July 10, 2019
We always knew the @BLACKCAPS would fight but what an immense performance from the bowlers backed up perfectly in the field. Looking forward to Lords— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) July 10, 2019
Huge disappoinment for Indian fans, but the team put up a sterling fight. No denying any credit to Kiwis who punched above their weight to pull off this stunning upset defending a modest score— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) July 10, 2019
Congratulations to Kane Williamson and the @BLACKCAPS for making it to a second successive World Cup Finals. Ravindra Jadeja along with Dhoni fought brilliantly and got India so close but NZ were brilliant with the new ball and that was decisive. #IndvNZ— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 10, 2019
A great game of Cricket..pity favourites Ind had to bite the dust..that’s how the cookie crumbles..Kudos to Kiwis fr holding their nerves at crucial moments..& Keep flying coolly..!Hold yur chins up India..well that’s the best way to accept a reversal..with Grace & Dignity..!!— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) July 10, 2019
India didn’t have a good start which costed us the match. No one ever thought of 5/3. But that’s how sport is! Really well played to @imjadeja let's appreciate the entertaining campaign India put up for all of us to enjoy. Well played 👏#INDvNZ #CWC19— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) July 10, 2019
Congratulations 🇳🇿 absolutely brilliant win. Kane Williamson take a bow, outstanding captaincy. Bad luck to team 🇮🇳— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) July 10, 2019
Heartbreaking to see India lose today but #Dhoni you beauty, you proved today why you’re my favourite... he gives every match his all and he really tried hard to pull through for us...Much love and respect to our former skipper ❤️— Pooja Hegde (@hegdepooja) July 10, 2019
Love you champion ... u r and will always be our pride 🇮🇳. https://t.co/Vc730LEgrr— Suniel Shetty (@SunielVShetty) July 10, 2019
No matter what the arm chair critics say I am proud of the way our team has played. Just not our day today. You win some, you lose some. Let’s not play the blame game. Everyone has given their best this tournament..— Saiyami Kher (@SaiyamiKher) July 10, 2019
(Except Sanjay Manjrekar) #INDvsNZ #CWC19 #TeamIndia
💔— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) July 10, 2019
Respect and thank you team india for giving us everything. #NZvsIND— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) July 10, 2019
And let's be gracious enough to congratulate the Kiwis for their stunning & unexpected triumph. I missed today's game since i was in parliament, but i know their bowling& fielding were superb. I'll be rooting for the #BoysInBlack on Sunday, whoever their opponents may be!— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) July 10, 2019
Tough luck, boys. Well played. You've won hearts with your efforts throughout the tournament.— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) July 10, 2019
Well played India— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) July 10, 2019
It was a close game but New Zealand held the nerves better
Amazing knock by Jadeja
The team tried their best and we're all shattered like them
But a campaign to be proud of
We are all with you #MenInBlue
India played like the no. 1 team in d world throughout d tournament but newzealand were better on the big day! Well done bowlers 👌Outstanding knock by @imjadeja and once again @msdhoni brilliant under pressure 👏👏 chin up India well played once again & good luck NZ for finals— Mandeep Singh (@mandeeps12) July 10, 2019
Win & defeat are situations. Attitude is permanent.#TeamIndia has displayed fantabulous temperament. Well played. We all believe in you. You are our pride.— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) July 10, 2019
Wish you all best for the future. Keep playing well 👍🏻#INDvNZL #CWC2019