India lost to New Zealand by 18 runs in the first semi-final of World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford on Wednesday. After the defeat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to react.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote how the result was “disappointing” but “wins and losses are part of life”.
“A disappointing result, but good to see Team India’s fighting spirit till the very end. India batted, bowled, fielded well throughout the tournament, of which we are very proud. Wins and losses are a part of life. Best wishes to the team for their future endeavours,” PM Modi wrote on Twitter.
Rahul Gandhi talked about India giving a “great fight” and congratulated New Zealand for their win.
“Though they’re a billion broken hearts tonight, Team India, you put up a great fight and are deserving of our love and respect. Congratulations to New Zealand on their well earned win, that gives them a place in the World Cup final,” Rahul Gandhi wrote on Twitter.
On Tuesday, the play was suspended due to rain after New Zealand had reached 211 for 5 off 46.1 overs. The match resumed on Reserve Day and New Zealand finished 239 for 8 in 50 overs. India’s hopes were dashed on Wednesday when Jadeja fell to Trent Boult in the 48th over.
Virat Kohli doffed his hat to New Zealand after India lost a thrilling semi-final at Old Trafford on Wednesday to be knocked out of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Chasing 240, India folded for 221 despite a heroic 77 from Ravindra Jadeja.
India lost their second successive World Cup semi-final while New Zealand qualified for their second successive World Cup final. At the end, India’s middle-order was exposed after Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul failed together for the first time in the 2019 World Cup.