Sachin Tendulkar, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni

CWC 2019: Sachin Tendulkar heartbroken after India loses to New Zealand in the first semi-final

India bowed out of the ICC World Cup 2019 after losing to New Zealand by 18 runs in the first semi-final on Wednesday.

Gritty half-centuries from Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni went in vain as India were bundled out for 221 runs in 49.3 overs.

India lost their top three batsmen for just five runs inside first four overs as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul could score just one run each.

In the latter half of the innings, Dhoni and Jadeja stitched a 116-run stand off only 17.2 overs to keep India in the chase. India needed 32 runs off last 13 balls when the duo got out in quick succession while trying to up the ante. From there on, India couldn’t recover and eventually fell 18 runs short of the 240-run target.

After India’s heartbreaking loss, cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to express his feeling. Posting an emoji of a broken heart, the legendary batsman praised Dhoni and Jadeja as he wrote:

“๐Ÿ’” just like every ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ supporter.A good fight put up by @imjadeja & @msdhoni but @BLACKCAPS were exceptional today. Congrats to ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ on making it to the Finals & all the best for the same. I felt #KaneWilliamsonโ€™s captaincy & composure played a crucial role in this result.”

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