Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

‘Miracle in Manchester’, New Zealand in shock at win over India

‘Miracle in Manchester’, New Zealand in shock at win over India

Williamson is confident despite an 86-run defeat by Australia - the team that beat New Zealand in the final four years ago - and a 119-run loss to England in the initial 10-team group stage.

Twitter, in particular, erupted with comedic memes that deciphered the extreme delight netizens in Pakistan felt after India's abysmal exit from the World Cup.

The Indian team who were widely seen as one of the favourites to lift the trophy were bundled out for 221 at Old Trafford with Matt Henry's bowling spell wreaking havoc on their batting top order.

Rohit, the competition's leading run scorer who had amassed three straight centuries and five in total heading into this contest, feathered an edge through to wicketkeeper Tom Latham off Henry.

"We wanted to get on top and put them under pressure".

Ahead of the critical knockout match, New Zealanders had largely consigned Kane Williamson and the Black Caps to the scrap heap.

Cricket fans who bought tickets for the India vs New Zealand semifinals are either extremely lucky or extremely unlucky.

Not even a defiant rearguard seventh-wicket stand of 116 between veteran former captain MS Dhoni (50) and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja (77) could deny New Zealand victory.

"I think we are sad but we are not devastated because of the kind of cricket that we played in this tournament".

"A semi-final adds so much pressure, so when you're able to deliver under that type of strain, it's something else. they bowled impeccably. and that pressure tells on the batsmen, so they really earned the wickets". Dad Mohammed Al Balushi, a senior board member of the Oman Cricket Association, was disappointed by India's performance, and said that the Indian team was overconfident going into the game.

India captain Kohli said: 'It breaks our hearts because you work so hard to build momentum and finish No.1 in the table. "But that is not how sports tournaments work".

James Nokise noted on Radio New Zealand that New Zealand were "incapable of simply winning or losing".

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