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Run-out of Dhoni was the turning point: Kane Williamson

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Run-out of Dhoni was the turning point: Kane Williamson

Veteran wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni nearly pulled a sensational victory for India in the rain affected first semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

He stood out with Ravindra Jadeja for 116 runs in the seventh wicket partnership when India were in no where of the contest losing 6 wickets below hundred run marks on the board.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson is well aware of the fact, reckoned the run-out of MS Dhoni as the turning point of the match.

“We all know the game is a fine line in a number of ways. But that run-out was significant. We have seen Dhoni finish games from those similar positions on a number of occasions,” Williamson said after the match.

Facing 72 deliveries, Dhoni scored 50 when a sharp throw from Martin Guptill trapped him a few inches outside the crease.

“It was a tough surface so nothing promised but naturally to dismiss Dhoni in whatever fashion is extremely important, but for a direct hit run-out very similar to Jadeja’s I think was a big moment in the game,” said the Kiwi captain.

Hailing Guptill who have had a bad urn with the bat in the ongoing competition, for the superb effort in the field, Williamson told perhaps he (Guptill) was the only capable fieldsman to produce such kind of a run-out amidst intense pressure.

“I mean he (Guptill) is probably the only man on the pitch that could perhaps created that run-out,” he said.

“So contributions can come in so many different ways and I think we have seen on the fielding charts he has been right up there and for him to do that and pull off what was a significant turning point in the match was special,” Williamson said.

In the second semi-final of CWC 2019, hosts England and reigning champion Australia will lock horns on 11th of July.

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