The first semi-final of the 12th World Cup was played between India and New Zealand. The match was played on the reserve day due to the rain ending the play on Tuesday after New Zealand were 211/5 in 46.1 overs. On the reserve day, they could just add 28 runs and finished on 239. The key Indian trio of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli scored more than 1300 runs in the entire tournament together, but the three could just add three runs in the crunch semi-final as India lost their starting 3 wickets on five runs.
In this world cup, Team India’s middle order was the weakness in the team and they had a tough job in their hands to eke out a win. Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya stitched a 47 run stand for the fifth wicket but Pant perished to Mitchell Santner after the off-spinner bowled tight lines and bowled four dot balls after starting his spell with a maiden. Pant mistimed the shot and end up getting caught by mid-wicket fielder.
Pandya was also kept quiet which created a chance and he ended up top edging the ball to Kane Williamson. Struggling at 92/6 in 30.3 overs, Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni put up a show and added 116 runs for the seventh wicket to bring back India into the game.
With required run rate soaring up to 12 in the 48th over, Ravindra Jadeja perished after playing an innings of 77 off just 59 balls. MS Dhoni could not finish the game and was run out from a rocket throw by Martin Guptill at short fine leg in 49th over bowled by Lockie Ferguson. India eventually fell short by 18 runs to bow out of the world cup.
Team India to receive hefty sum of money
Despite the setback in the semi-finals, Team India will receive a big sum of money from International Cricket Council(ICC). The tournament was played in the round robin format and the cricket governing body will pay a sum of money to every participating team.
Indian team will receive a whooping sum of $800,000 (approx INR 5.49 crore) as per ICC’s media release. The winner of each league stage game will receive a prize money of $40,000. India won seven games in the league stage which sums it up to $800,000.