Two semi-finals of the World Cup 2019 have been played and finalists are New Zealand and host England. But the winning story of both the teams can relate to one common incident that is run out of crucial batsman at the critical stage of the match.
In the first Semi-final of ICC World Cup 2019
New Zealand was about to finish the match early against India but the partnership of Ravindra Jadeja and M.S. Dhoni put worries on New Zealand fans and Captain Kane Williamson. Jadeja and Dhoni put on a 116-run stand off only 17.2 overs to help strengthen India’s situation after they were reduced to 92 for 6. But soon after Ravindra Jadeja’s dismissal, a great fielding performance by the New Zealand side brought fortune for them. M.S.Dhoni who is known for his fast running between the wickets got run-out by marvelous fielding from Martin Guptill in the deep. This helped New Zealand to get back in the game and with the 18-run win over India, they advanced to the second world cup final in a row.
Even Kane Williamson admitted that when Ravindra Jadeja and Mahendra Singh Dhoni were in middle India was in a position of strength, but added that some good fielding by New Zealand team helped them get over the line in the thrilling semi-final.
In the 2nd semi-final of ICC World Cup 2019
Australia after scrambling in the early phase of their innings were looking strong when Steve Smith started building partnerships with Alex Carey and then Mitchell Starc. But a great fielding performance from Jos Buttler got Steve Smith run out in a critical situation where Australia was heading towards making a big score. He got dismissed in an awkward way as Jos Buttler grab the ball and make a direct hit at the non-striker’s end and the ball passed between the legs of Steve Smith. The run out of Steve Smith was a replicate to the way former Indian captain MS Dhoni had departed during India’s chase of the 240-run target against New Zealand. This was a turning point for England as Australia was all out for 223 in just 49 overs. Which England chased down easily without facing any problems. England advanced for the final of the ICC World Cup 2019 and will be facing New Zealand. Both the teams will be looking to lift their first ever World Cup trophy.
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