Virat, Pant, Jadeja & Dhoni- Discussing India’s World Cup Exit

Virat, Pant, Jadeja & Dhoni- Discussing India’s World Cup Exit

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India's famed top-order imploded on a day when it mattered most as a gritty New Zealand survived a swift counter attack from Ravindra Jadeja to win an exciting World Cup semi-final by 18 runs.

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The Indian top-order had one failure due and much to their horror, the semi-final proved to be their dooms day. Jadeja (77 off 59 balls) used every ounce of his 'bits and pieces' skill but the 'Men in Blue' could only get as far as 221 in 49.3 overs in pursuit of 240.

New Zealand made it to their second successive final, with credit going to their pacers' -- Matt Henry (3/37) and Trent Boult's (2/42) -- deadly opening spell and Lockie Ferguson's steely nerve in the penultimate over.

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The script was eerily similar to the 2015 World Cup semi-final and just like that evening in Sydney, skipper Virat Kohli was once again out cheaply and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (50) was stuck in the middle overs. Mitchell Santner (2/34) bottled Dhoni up and there was too much left for Jadeja to do even as he smacked four sixes and four boundaries to raise hopes of a turnaround.

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Call it irony, Dhoni, in what could be his last international innings, was run-out by a direct throw from Martin Guptill.

This was after Dhoni and Jadeja raised visions of an improbable win after adding 116 runs for the seventh wicket, coming together at 92 for six.

Members of The Quint’s sports team discuss key players and moments from the match that eventually helped New Zealand bag the victory.

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