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In a gripping contest, New Zealand produced their best game forward to take down a sturdy Indian side. Batting first, Kiwis batted first to register 239 runs on a tricky pitch. It was clearly known that the target won’t be easy but India lost their elite top-order for 5 runs which dented their ability to boss the first semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 tournament.

One of the most discussed moments of the game included Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s rare failure. However, it’s a frequent phenomenon when it comes to playing in semis of 50-over World Cup cricket. Playing 3 semi-finals’ innings, the 30-year old amassed only 11 runs carrying a shoddy average of 3.67. It is interesting to note that he was dismissed in all such contests by a left-arm quick.  

There’s no doubt on the ability of Virat Kohli but it’s a fact that the Delhi born has choked in all his ODI World Cup semi-finals till date.  As a result, India was crashed out of the ongoing championship in England and Wales. New Zealand would now play the winner of Australia-England game on July 14 at Lord’s.

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