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#LoveYouDhoni: MSD seemingly in tears, Twitterati hails the legend for his contribution to cricket

Fans appreciated Mahi for his efforts in trying to turn the tables in India's favour.

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Updated: Jul 11, 2019, 01.13 PM IST
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni's fans took to Twitter to appeal the legend to be proud of all his years of service and how he has made the country proud
Team India's loss against New Zealand in the semi-final match of 2019 World Cup left fans and the boys in blue disappointed. However, the most-heartbreaking moment for all was when former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni seemed to get teary eyed. The wicket-keeper batsman played a knock of 50 runs and was dismissed after being run out by the Kiwis. A visibly-distraught Dhoni left fans upset.

MSD's fans took to Twitter to appeal the legend to be proud of all his years of service and how he has made the country proud. Fans also hailed Mahi for his efforts in trying to turn the tables in India's favour.

The 38-year-old faced immense criticism for his slow tempo in this World Cup. He was also slammed for a 'baffling' batting approach against England. It is being speculated that this World Cup could be Mahi's last. After the tournament, he is quite likely to call it quits.

Captain Virat Kohli took to Twitter to thank fans for their support and expressed disappointment on the team's loss.

In pursuit of 240, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and KL Rahul all scored just one run each. This is the first time in the history of cricket that the first three batsmen of any team were dismissed for one run each.

Sharma and Rahul were dismissed by Mark Henry whereas Kohli was sent back to the pavilion by Trent Boult. Their dismissals restricted to India to 5/3. Dinesh Karthik (6) also failed to leave a mark and his dismissal pegged India back at 24/4.

Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya stitched together a partnership of 47 runs but their resistance ended as Pant (32) was sent back to the pavilion by Mitchell Santner. Pandya also departed after playing a knock of 32 runs as he was dismissed by Santner.

Earlier, the tail-enders dragged New Zealand to post 239 for the loss of eight against India in the first semi-final of the Cricket World Cup at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Picking up from where they left a day after rain halted the match, New Zealand added 28 runs to the scoreboard to finish their 50-over quota.

For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of bowlers as he returned with three wickets in his 10 overs quota and gave away just 43 runs.

(With inputs from ANI)

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