India were hot favourites to beat New Zealand in the first Cricket World Cup semi-final but found themselves unable to chase what appeared a meagre total in a surprise result...
"On what proved to be a tough batting wicket, the underdogs - themselves backed at 6.86/1 - had the bowling talent to secure an against-the-odds win which was predicted by Betting.Betfair's James Buttler. A total of £112,581,545 was traded on Betfair's match odds market."
The Cricket World Cup delivered a shock today when India crashed out at the hands of New Zealand in the first semi-final.
Set what seemed an achievable target of 239 to win in a game that stretched into a second day at Old Trafford, Virat Kholi's men were off to an abysmal start when losing the first three in the order for just five runs.
That left India in serious trouble and wickets continued to fall at regular intervals until MS Dhoni was joined at the crease by Ravi Jadeja with the score at 92-6. The pair both scored 50s as they led a fightback that took them within range of victory. However they were always in need of a few big overs and eventually both men fell.
India had been backed as low as 1.171/6 in the match odds as the Black Caps struggled to put up an imposing target. However, on what proved to be a tough batting wicket, the underdogs - themselves backed at 6.86/1 - had the bowling talent to secure an against-the-odds win which was predicted by Betting.Betfair's James Buttler. A total of £112,581,545 was traded on Betfair's match odds market.
Black Caps back from the dead
New Zealand only squeaked into the semi-finals on run rate having lost their last three group games and had taken a long wander in the tournament winner betting, touching 27.026/1 to win Sunday's Lord's final.
They now stand at 3.39/4 to be the last team standing.
India, who topped the groups stages, were backed at just 2.35/4 to be champions.
England and Australia meet at Edgbaston on Thursday, read our preview here.