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World Cup | 'WOW!': Netizens Amazed As New Zealand Take 17 Balls To Open Their Account, But Bemoan India's First Ball Near-miss

Written By Digital Desk | Mumbai | Published:


  • New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat in the first World Cup semifinal against India at Old Trafford
  • Indian pacers provided a great start. Bhuvneshwar almost got a wicket on the first ball
  • After 10 overs, New Zealand were just 27/1

India got off to a dream start in the ongoing first semi-final match against New Zealand at Old Trafford. After winning the toss, Kiwis’ skipper Kane Willamson elected to bat first. Indian skipper Virat Kohli said that he would have chosen to bat first too had he won the toss, Kohli maintained that the condition of the pitch was not subjected to huge changes in addition to the light drizzle that Old Trafford was witnessing.

India were off to a great start, it took Black Caps openers 17 balls to score their first run. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah started off the bowling for India and were impeccable. 

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The very first ball of the match was a good length delivery by Bhuvneshwar to Guptill and his hasty defence off the frontfoot resulted in the ball hitting the pads. The Men In Blue erupted in an appeal but it was given not-out. Kohli went on to take a review, the ball tracking showed that ball was missing leg stump and the review was lost, 

Soon after, Bumrah dismissed Guptil, a thick edge off Guptill's bat, 138km/hr and a great catch by skipper Kohli at second slip. 

With Guptill’s dismissal, the woe for New Zealand’s opening partnership continued. 

Willamson walked in and will try to steer New Zealand to a good total. After 10 overs, New Zealand were 27/1 with only two boundaries coming off the bats. 

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