Hardik Pandya was a valuable addition to the Indian side. Playing his first World Cup, the all-rounder scored 226 runs at the strike rate of 112.43 and took 10 wickets with an economy of 5.65. Pandya came through as the fifth bowler for his skipper and had an upward growth curve.
The young all-rounder took to Twitter to express his emotions. He said he will always remember this World Cup. He wanted a different result but said that he is coming home with so many emotions and lessons that he will always keep with him. He thanked the team and the fan and said that the Men In Blue are nothing without the fans.
Read the tweet here:
The semifinal match was a ‘tale of two days’ as it was scheduled to be played on Tuesday but was washed off by rain. Thanks to a reserve day the match started from where it had ended on Tuesday. The Kiwis skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bat first. New Zealand scored 211/5 in 46.1 overs before the match was suspended for the day and added 28 runs on Wednesday, setting a target of 240 for the Men In Blue to chase.
India's run chase of 240 against New Zealand started off on a disastrous note as they were reduced to 5/3 in the fourth over, riding on some brilliant spells from the Kiwi pacers Trent Boult and Matt Henry. Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant got good starts but couldn’t capitalise. Ravindra Jadeja came to the crease and along with MS Dhoni put up a sensational partnership that almost brought India to the finish line.