A quick assessment of the pitch the incoming Kane Williamson made, as soon as Guptill got out
Plans for a 250 plus score rather than a 300 plus score, began to immediately sprout,
The Kiwis ran furious 2s instead of going for big shots to reach 239 to set up a tantalizing bout,
Rohit, Kohli, KL and DK went and the Indian were starting at a definite, by-New Zealand, semis rout,
Before Youngguns Pant and Pandya a way out from the Certain Defeat cave they fiercely cut,
Impatient Pant after four dot balls skied a shot only to be caught – why did play that shot, but?
After Pandya perished Jadeja’s lusty, valiant blows ended India’s boundary drought!
But Dhoni’s go-slow now, acceleration later approach made the required run-rate stout!
44 off 26 to win with two set batsmen in at one point – India were very much in the game then, no doubt!
Instead of going for 6s, Dhoni ran 6 singles in the next few balls & in-the-Dhoni-created-pressure, Jadeja holed out
As Dhoni hit a goosebumps giving six over backward-point in ball 49.1 – India’s World Cup dream did not yet logout!
Guptill ran-out Dhoni at a time when 6 fielders were outside the circle – a clear case of rule flout!
India’s collective heart-beat stopped as teary eyed Dhoni walked back towards his team’s hut!
“We are the team that crash-landed Flight No. ODI World Cup No.3 For India’ – that is now New Zealand’s deserving strut!
When Rohit Sharma, flexed muscles to signal the ‘Be Strong – You Can Take India To A Win’ to Jadeja & my heart did jut!
But did you know that Jesus stretched his arms and died, he signaled, ‘You have hope for the Salvation Door even for the worst ever sinner is not shut!’
Turn from sin and put your faith in the only God-in-flesh Jesus and you will find peace-amidst-the-storm in your gut!
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