The New Zealand opener, Martin Guptill has become one of the crucial reason behind New Zealand reaching the final of the ongoing ICC World Cup with one piece of brilliance in the field. During the second innings of the first semi-final between India and New Zealand, MS Dhoni was holding the key for India when he was run out on a score of 50.
Guptill was quick to grab the ball and pulled off a terrific direct hit at the keeper’s end. There was a slight ‘yes and no’ on the second run and cost Dhoni was found short by millimeters. Ironically, for a man who is known to be one of the bests for his running between the wickets, he had to fall to run out in such a crucial game and that will hurt him.
Despite the fact that Guptill has had a bad tournament with the bat but he has redeemed himself in a big way with this effort. Was a slower ball on a length and it popped up off the glove towards short fine leg as Dhoni didn’t get sufficient room to play the pull shot. Here is the video of the dismissal:
WHAT A MOMENT OF BRILLIANCE!
— ICC (@ICC) July 10, 2019
New Zealand has played three World Cup semi-final at the Old Trafford in Manchester and the other two which were played in 1979 and 1999 against England and Pakistan, respectively, they suffered losses. It has been the first occasion when the Kiwis won a semi-final game in Manchester.
Eventually, Team India lost the game by 18 runs as both Dhoni and Jadeja were dismissed in the 49th and 48th over respectively. Dhoni’ run-out also proved to be crucial. New Zealand victory means they have made it through to their second consecutive Cricket World Cup final, having done the same four years earlier.