[caption id="attachment_868495" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-868495" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Martin-Guptill-MS-Dhoni_AFP.jpg" alt="" width="628" height="355" /> Martin Guptill s direct-hit to dismiss MS Dhoni ended India s hopes of reaching World Cup 2019 final. @AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>It was called a game-changing moment of brilliance but <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/new-zealand/news/">New Zealand</a> batsman <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/martin-guptill/news/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Martin Guptill</a> says his direct hit that ran out <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/ms-dhoni%e2%80%8b">MS Dhoni</a> in the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/icc-world-cup-2019">ICC Cricket World Cup 2019</a> semifinal against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/news/">India</a> was more a case of luck doing its bit for him. <p></p> <p></p>With that run out in the 49th over, India's hopes ended in the tense semifinal at Old Trafford on Wednesday. The <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/dhoni-jadeja-fight-not-enough-new-zealand-enter-second-straight-world-cup-final-867632">former champions went down by 18 runs</a> against the last edition's finalists. <p></p> <p></p>"I did not think the ball was actually coming to me, I tried to get there as soon as I could. Once I got hold of the ball, I thought it was actually quite straight. Lucky enough to get a direct hit from out there, lucky for us he was out of his ground," Guptill said in a short video uploaded by the ICC on social media. <p></p> <p></p>https://twitter.com/ICC/status/1149309645808394240 <p></p> <p></p>Guptil had endured a below-par World Cup with the bat before this run-out redeemed him to an extent. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/cricket-world-cup-martin-guptill-having-a-bloody-tough-time-avoiding-social-media-during-lean-run-868415">Martin Guptill having a 'bloody tough' time avoiding social media during lean run</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>It was that moment of brilliance which tilted the game completely in New Zealand's favour with Dhoni getting out on 50 off 72 balls. <p></p> <p></p>Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja shared an 116-run stand for the seventh wicket to give India a fighting chance after a top-order collapse left them reeling at 24 for four.