Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul create unwanted record  |  Photo Credit: AP
India were off to a horrible start in the first semi-final of ICC World Cup 2019 as the top three batsmen were out for 1. Chasing a challenging total of 240 runs, Indian cricket fans were up for a shocker as Rohit Sharma (1), Virat Kohli (1) and KL Rahul (1) failed to negate the early spell of seam bowling. Matt Henry and Trent Boult ripped through India’s top order as it happened for the first time in history of ODIs that a team’s top three batsmen were all out after scoring 1 run reach.
Henry got the first breakthrough for the Kiwis as Rohit Sharma edged one behind the wicket. Rohit was looking to defend an outswinger but only managed a nick behind the wicket. The next to depart was the Indian captain – who was trapped in front of the wicket. While the umpire immediately raised his finger, Kohli took the DRS but the replays suggested the ball was hitting top of middle stump. Rahul, who scored a century against Sri Lanka, was the next batsman to be dismissed as he chased a wide ball and edged it behind the wicket.
Earlier, New Zealand resumed their innings at 211/5 and went on to add 28 more runs to their total. Ross Taylor and Tom Latham – two unbeaten batsmen from the previous day were sent back to the hut, courtesy Ravindra Jadeja. While Jadeja dismissed Taylor with a direct hit, he took a brilliant catch to dismiss the left-handed batsman.
The first semi-final was suspended on Tuesday as heavy showers interrupted proceedings. There were several inspections after which the match was postponed for the next day. While India were the favourites going into the match, their top order was ripped apart by the Kiwi bowlers. India had faced New Zealand in one of the warm-up matches where Boult made a similar impact. The league match between the two sides was washed out due to rain. While India finished on top of the points table after the league stage, New Zealand were ranked fourth behind Australia and hosts England.
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