Watch: Steve Smith's 'nutmeg' run-out by Jos Buttler in CWC 2019 semi-final

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Steve Smith was run out on Thursday.

Steve Smith top-scored with 85 as Australia reached 223 against England in their 2019 World Cup semi-final on Thursday.

Smith, booed to and from the crease, held Australia’s innings together. The former skipper survived an lbw review off Mark Wood, Hawkeye revealing the ball would have only clipped the top of the stumps, but the former Australia captain was sent packing shortly afterwards.

England keeper Jos Buttler removed his glove and threw down the stumps at the non-striker’s end, Smith short of his ground and already walking back to the pavilion before the replays were shown as the Aussies were reduced to 217-8 with three overs to go.

Smith’s departure was the start of Australia losing their last three wickets in the space of 12 balls.

Buttler’s run-out of Smith turned out to be a special one as his throw went between the legs of Smith before crashing into the stumps.

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Watch: Trent Boult enjoyed getting Virat Kohli lbw in CWC 2019 semi-final

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New Zealand secured a surprise 18-run victory over India at Old Trafford on Wednesday to advance to their second successive World Cup final.

Kiwi pacers rocked India batting early on in their chase of 240, reducing them to 24-4. While Matt Henry was the player of the match for his three wickets, left-arm seamer Trent Boult took the prized scalp of India captain Virat Kohli and then top scorer Ravindra Jadeja.

Boult talked about dismissing Kohli lbw for one, insisting he didn’t plan it.

“No, it wasn’t planned. I don’t want to sound like I’m a magician against the best player in the world. But it’s just nice to see everything line up and I think we saw them three for six at one stage,” Boult said.










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Cricket World Cup 2019: India player ratings as Jasprit Bumrah gets a 9 but wrist-spinners disappoint

Ashish Peter 11/07/2019
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Jasprit Bumrah had a magnificent maiden World Cup campaign.

A World Cup campaign that was looking so promising for India ultimately ended on a sorry note with the Men in Blue suffering an 18-run loss at the hands of New Zealand in the semi-final.

Virat Kohli and his men had stormed into the last four with just one defeat before they were eventually sucker-punched by the Kiwis in the knockouts.

While their semi-final exit will skew the final outlook, there is no denying that India did display some fine cricket over the course of the tournament.

Here, we rate how their squad fared during the 2019 World Cup.

KL Rahul – 7/10

Two half-centuries and a ton were a decent contribution from KL Rahul who opened the innings alongside Rohit following the injury to Shikhar Dhawan. He too failed to fire in the crunch clash.

Rohit Sharma – 9/10

The ‘Hitman’ became the first batsman in history to slam five centuries in a single World Cup edition but he will be despondent after his semi-final failure. Fell just short of breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record tally of 673 runs in the 2003 World Cup.

Rohit completely overshadowed Kohli in the World Cup.

Rohit completely overshadowed Kohli in the World Cup.

Shikhar Dhawan – 7/10

The left-hander’s campaign lasted just two games due to an unfortunate thumb injury but he did show his class in ICC tournaments again with a match-winning ton against Australia.

Virat Kohli – 7.5/10

The India skipper barely played a poor innings in the tournament before the semi-final shocker but uncharacteristically failed to convert any of his five half-centuries into a ton.

Vijay Shankar – 5/10

The all-rounder played just three games before a toe-injury brought his campaign came to an end. Bar his two wickets against Pakistan, he did not really have any impact.

Rishabh Pant – 6/10

The youngster arrived in the tournament as a late replacement for Shankar and was immediately thrust into the No4 slot. Showed some good things overall but played a shocker of a shot to get dismissed in the semi-final just when he was building a good innings.

MS Dhoni – 6/10

The veteran didn’t exactly cover himself in glory in his final World Cup campaign despite registering two half-centuries. Faced plenty of criticism for his strike-rate while his wicketkeeping displays were also below his usual high standard.

Dinesh Karthik – 3/10

Played just two innings in the tournament and he failed miserably in both of them including the semi-final. Didn’t justify his squad selection.

Karthik failed to provide a reliable hand in the middle-order.

Karthik failed to provide a reliable hand in the middle-order.

Hardik Pandya – 7/10

The all-rounder was pretty consistent throughout the tournament with both bat and ball but he will feel he could have done a lot more with the former.

Kedar Jadhav – 4/10

A battling half-century against Afghanistan was Jadhav’s only saving grace in the tournament before he lost his spot to Karthik at the business end.

Ravindra Jadeja – 8/10

The all-rounder played just two games but he came out with his ODI reputation enhanced after some sterling displays. Would have been the man-of-the-match in the semi-final had India ended up on the winning side. As a substitute in most games, his fielding was exceptional.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar – 7/10

The seamer did a tidy job overall especially in the semi-final and only really had one poor game in the tournament. Nine wickets in six outings is a decent return.

Kuldeep Yadav – 6/10

The young wrist-spinner started the campaign on a promising note but his impact faded away before he was eventually dropped from the playing XI after expensive outings against Sri Lanka and England.

Not the success the young wrist-spinner would have hoped for.

Not the success the young wrist-spinner would have hoped for.

Yuzvendra Chahal – 6.5/10

The leg-spinner was excellent in the first half of the tournament but his performances in the business end left plenty to be desired. 12 wickets overall in eight matches for Chahal.

Mohammed Shami – 8/10

The pacer was behind Bhuvneshwar in the pecking order but began his campaign with 14 wickets in just three outings including a hat-trick against Afghanistan. However, one expensive display against Bangladesh saw him drop out of the playing XI in the latter stages.

Jasprit Bumrah – 9/10

The No1 ODI bowler in the world was at his very best in the World Cup and excelled equally with the new ball and in the death overs. Picked up 18 wickets overall while going at an economy-rate of only 4.41 runs an over.

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