It was referred to as a game-changing second of brilliance however New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill says his direct hit that ran out M.S. Dhoni within the World Cup semifinal in opposition to India was extra a case of luck doing its bit for him.
With that run out within the 49th over, India’s hopes ended within the tense semifinal at Outdated Trafford on Wednesday. The previous champions went down by 18 runs in opposition to the final version’s finalists.
“I didn’t suppose the ball was truly coming to me, I attempted to get there as quickly as I may. As soon as I acquired maintain of the ball, I believed it was truly fairly straight. Fortunate sufficient to get a direct hit from on the market, fortunate for us he was out of his floor,” Guptill mentioned in a brief video uploaded by the ICC on social media.
Guptil had endured a below-par World Cup with the bat earlier than this run-out redeemed him to an extent.
It was that second of brilliance which tilted the sport fully in New Zealand’s favour with Dhoni getting out on 50 off 72 balls.
Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja shared an 116-run stand for the seventh wicket to offer India a combating likelihood after a top-order collapse left them reeling at 24 for 4.