At the wake of an emphatic victory by the Black Caps, and a rather humiliating loss for Rohit Sharma-led team India, the internet has been flooded with some hilarious memes poking fun at the Men in Blues. The tourists headed into the match on Thursday with an unassailable 3-0 lead following consecutive dominating displays. However, what transpired in the match was an apt portrayal of how incalculable the game of cricket can be – India were defeated by eight wickets after setting a lowly target-run of 93 at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.
The hosts won the toss and chose to bowl first, and they went on to dispatch batting line-up seventh-lowest One Day International (ODI) total – 2 in 30.5 overs — after Trent Boult (5/21) dished out a deadly opening spell. It almost seemed as if the visitors had taken the Black Caps for granted after sealing the five-match ODI series.
Here are some of the meme’s that have been taking over the internet after team India’s loss against New Zealand:
While some fans felt Virat Kohli’s absence cost India the match, few indicated that Dhoni could have been crucial as he masters in situations when India are chasing.
Brief Match Report: Chasing 92 runs, New Zealand lost their first wicket in the fourth delivery of their innings. Martin Guptill (14) slammed two boundaries and one six in his four ball stay. Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed the New Zealand opener.
Kane Williamson (11), who seemed good in the middle was next to depart. Thanks to Bhuvneshwar’s brilliant delivery which found the edge of Williamson’s bat and landed in wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik’s gloves. He was dismissed in the seventh over when the scoreboard read 39.
Henry Nicholas (30 not out) and veteran batsman Ross Taylor (37 not out) then applied themselves perfectly and completed the proceeding with ease.
Despite having a long batting line-up, India failed drastically as only two batsmen — Shikhar Dhawan (13) and Hardik Pandya (16) — only managed to have a double-digit score.
Towards the end when India were reeling at 55/8, chinaman Kuldeep Yadav (15) and leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (18 not out) forged a small but crucial 25- runt partnership to help India reach 80 runs. Chahal was also the highest scorer for India.
Put in to bat openers Dhawan and Rohit Sharma (7) started the proceeding on a positive note, forging a 21 run stand before Dhawan was dismissed by Boult in the sixth over.
From that point, Boult’s carnage began. In the very next over, skipper Rohit was also sent packing by the pacer. Rohit played 23 balls and got caught and bowled.
Middle-order batsmen Ambati Rayudu (0) Dinesh Karthik (0) and Kedar Jadhav (1) were dismissed by Grandhomme and Boult.
Debutant Shubman Gill (9) also failed to live up to the expectations as the youngster got caught and bowled by Boult.
Hardik, however, tried to stabilise things in the middle with the lower order batsmen but in the process, he was sent back to the pavilion in the 20th over.
Kuldeep, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1), Chahal and Khaleel Ahmed (5), then tried to help India get past 100 run mark but failed in doing so and as a result, the visitors were bowled out in just 30.5 overs.
Brief Scores: India 92/10 (Yuzvendra Chahal 18 not out, Hardik Pandya 16; Trent Boult 5/21) against New Zealand: 93/2 (Ross Taylor 37 not out; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/25).
(With IANS Inputs)