New Zealand defeated India by 18 runs in the first semifinal of the ICC World Cup 2019 to book a final berth at the Old Trafford in Manchester. However, it was MS Dhoni’s game-changing run-out in the 48th over of the match which has become a massive talking point following India’s exit from the tournament. India lost the game in the dying overs as the New Zealand bowlers bounced back with the prized wickets of Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni to take the game away from the Men in Blue.
The incident took place in the 48th over of the innings when Lockie Ferguson was bowling with MS Dhoni at the striker’s end. Kane Williamson has placed six fielders outside the 30-yard circle which went unnoticed by the match officials. It is worth mentioning that a maximum of 5 fielders will be allowed to field outside the 30-yard circle in the final ten overs (41–50) of a 50 overs match as per the ICC rules. The run out eventually proved to be a big game changer in the match.
With 25 needed off 10 balls, Dhoni scampered back for a quick second but a Guptill throw found him short of crease by millimetres. If it had been called a no ball, Dhoni might not have felt the need to charge back for a second given the extra delivery to be bowled in the over. It would have also granted India a free-hit on the next delivery and things could have been entirely different. It was a massive error on part of the umpires which changed the match completely in favour of New Zealand.
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Dhoni carried the hopes of a billion in the run chase right until the moment he was dismissed. Once he was run-out thanks to a brilliant piece of fielding by Guptill, it was just a matter of time before the rest of the wickets fell. Dhoni walked back after scoring 50 off 72 balls, possibly for a final time in a World Cup match. Dhoni’s dismissal was the final nail in the coffin for India who were bundled out for 221, falling short of the target set by New Zealand by just 18 runs.