Team India's run at the World Cup ended after their 18-run loss against New Zealand in semi-final at Old Trafford in Manchester on Wednesday. At the same time, this was also the Men In Blue's second consecutive semi-final loss in the quadrennial event while the Black Caps on the other side qualified for their second straight World Cup final.
Following India's loss to New Zealand in the semi-finals of the World Cup at Old Trafford, Manchester on July 10, Indian fans and Bollywood celebrities in the likes of Shahid Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, and others took to social media to react to the country's heartbreaking exit.
Meanwhile, during the match last night, The Men In Blue's hopes rested on Mahendra Singh Dhoni but his run out in the penultimate over by a direct hit from Martin Guptill signaled the end of India's campaign.
Chasing a target of 240, India were off to the worst possible start after they were reduced to 5/3 in the fourth over. The Kiwi pacers, Trent Boult and Matt Henry, worked in tandem as they got rid of the big three top-order batsmen early. The Men In Blue found themselves in a spot of bother after the early dismissals of Rohit Sharma, skipper Virat Kohli and KL Rahul respectively.
After India was reduced to 92/6, Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja added 116 runs for the seventh wicket stand and almost took India on the cusp of victory. Jadeja top-scored for India with a 59-ball 77 at a strike rate of 130.51 while MSD scored a 72-ball 50. Unfortunately, his run out in the penultimate over ended the two-time winners' hopes as they were bundled out for 221 with three balls to spare.