India is in disarray on 92-6 after 30.3 overs of its reply in the first Cricket World Cup semifinal, chasing 240 to beat New Zealand.
Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul were all dismissed for 1 inside three overs, leaving India 5-3 at the time. According to BBC statisticians, it is the first time that a team's first three batsmen have been dismissed for 1 in the history of international cricket.
With the last ball of the opening powerplay, Jimmy Neesham produced an amazing one-handed catch down to his left to remove Dinesh Karthik for 6 off Matt Henry, who has figures of 3-15 off five overs. It is the lowest score made by a team after the first 10 overs in this tournament.
Sharma and Rahul both edged Henry to wicketkeeper Tom Latham either side of Kohli getting trapped lbw by Trent Boult. The India captain failed to overturn the decision on review, and tossed his bat in the air in disgust as he made his way off the field.
Commenting on the same, self-acclaimed critic Kamaal R Khan a.k.a. KRK took to his Twitter handle and attacked Virat Kohli and wife Anushka Sharma.
Netizens after reading how he dragged Anushka Sharma and blamed her gave him an earful and dropped comments like: "This is literally a stupid tweet..!"
India's best two batsmen, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, were both been dismissed for 1 in the first 16 balls of the chase. Sharma, the Cricket World Cup's top run-scorer, edged Matt Henry behind off the fourth ball of his innings. It was his shortest ODI innings since the 2017 Champion Trophy.
Kohli only lasted six balls, before he was trapped lbw by Trent Boult. The India captain reviewed the decision but replays showed the ball was clipping the bails.
India was 5-2 at the end of the third over. Sharma has struck a record five centuries this World Cup and came into the semifinals on 647 runs — 26 off the record for a single edition held by compatriot Sachin Tendulkar in 2003.
New Zealand has set India a target of 240 to reach the Cricket World Cup final after adding 28 runs to its overnight total on the resumption of the rain-hit last-four match in Manchester. The Black Caps resumed at Old Trafford on 211-5 with 3.5 overs left, and ended its 50 overs on 239-8.
The ground was only about two-thirds full at the start of play on the reserve day, which was required after persistent rain brought a premature end to play Tuesday. It is forecast to be cloudy again in Manchester, making batting conditions difficult. There could also be more rain.
England and Australia meet in the second semifinal at Edgbaston on Thursday. The final is at Lord's on Sunday.
(With inputs from AP)