31 off 12. That’s what the equation had come down to. Thirty-one runs needed off the last two overs, at an average of 15.5. It was a tall task.
More so on a rain-soaked, double-paced Old Trafford pitch, in a semifinal that had gone into day two. But M.S. Dhoni, India’s talisman finisher, was still there. There was still a chance of making it to the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. For another shot at cricket’s most coveted prize, almost 36 years after India had won its maiden title. Dhoni had nudged his way to 43, slower than usual, but he was the only batsman who could get India home. Everyone knew it. The sea of spectators in blue on the ground, the hundreds of millions of fans watching the game across the world.
Nearly 10,000 km away from Manchester, at his home in Bengaluru, Vineet S. knew it too. When Dhoni carved Lockie Ferguson over point for a six off the first ball of the 49th over, Vineet almost kicked himself. He had