India slipped into a spot of bother in what looked like a regulation chase of 274 against New Zealand at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on Sunday, October 22, when Suryakumar Yadav was run-out for 2 in a horrible mix-up with Virat Kohli. The World No. 1 T20I batter, making his debut in the 50-over World Cup, was unfortunately run-out as the hosts slipped to 191 for 5 in the 34th over.
India were cruising toward the target when Virat Kohli and KL Rahul stitched a 52-run stand after a strong opening burst from captain Rohit Sharma, who smashed 4 sixes for his 40-ball 46. However, KL Rahul was dismissed after he well set by Mitchell Santner in the 33rd over. And in the very next over, disaster struck for India as Suryakumar Yadav was run-out after a horrible mix-up between him and Virat Kohli.
In the penultimate delivery of the 34th over, Suryakumar Yadav, who looked comfortable in the middle, pushed one full-length delivery from Trent Boult to the cover and set off for a run. It was Suryakumar Yadav’s call as he took off first and Virat Kohli, as seen in the replays, also responded to his partner’s call.
However, Mitchell Santner, fielding at the cover region, put in a full-length dive and stopped the ball from going beyond the 30-yard circle. Seeing Santner’s terrific stop, Kohli paused and turned toward the non-striker’s end, urging Suryakumar to go back. However, Suryakumar had completed more than half the run when Kohli’s late call came and the two were nearly stranded at the same end.
Santner took his time and threw the ball to the wicketkeeper’s end where Tom Latham collected it and whipped the bails off. Virat Kohli looked frustrated with himself as Suryakumar Yadav was run-out for 2 in his World Cup debut. Replays suggested that there was no chance for Suryakumar to get back to safety after the horrible mix-up.
Here is the video of the incident:
Virat Kohli, once again, was leading India’s chase as he had his 69th ODI fifty, days after he hit his 48th ODI hundred in India’s win over Bangladesh.
Earlier, a sensational 130 from Daryl Mitchell and 75 from Rachin Ravindra helped New Zealand post 273 in the battle between the table-toppers. Mohammed Shami picked up a 5-wicket haul as India came back strong in the last 10 overs. Shami became only the first Indian to pick up more than one 5-wicket haul in World Cups.