Virat Kohli: India captain says New Zealand defeat broke their hearts

Tanya Simon
July 11, 2019

However, New Zealand's brilliance with the new ball ripped their top-order apart, and meant chasing 240 would always be an uphill struggle.

NEW DELHI: Commentator and former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar, who was subjected to criticism for calling Ravindra Jadeja a "bits and pieces cricketer", finally lauded the smashing cricketer for his all-round performance against New Zealand in the semi-final of the ongoing ICC Men's Crick World Cup.

Lockie Ferguson bowled Bhuvneshar for a duck, and with 23 needed from the final over from the last two Indian batsmen, Yuzvendra Chahal was caught behind off Neesham to take New Zealand to their second successive final. Virat Kohli managed to score only one run in the first World Cup 2019 semi-final in Manchester.

Henry finished with superb figures of three for 37 from his maximum 10 overs and Boult two for 42.

The way the chase panned out vindicated New Zealand captain Kane Williamson's attritional approach to batting on hard conditions on Tuesday, which ended prematurely because of rain with the Blacks Caps 211-5 with 3.5 overs remaining. "We just wanted some early wickets and it was great start for the bowlers".

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India got off to a catastrophic start in reply, losing their top three batsmen for one run each - a first in worldwide cricket. They resume with Taylor on 67 and Latham on three. The Kiwis scored 239 runs for the loss of eight wickets in their allotted fifty overs, after which India came in to chase the relatively-high target given the pitch conditions and the weather in and around the venue.

But he went on to make 77 and share a World Cup record seventh-wicket partnership of 116 with veteran wicketkeeper MS Dhoni, who made 50 in support.

Williamson eventually held the catch that ended Jadeja´s counter-attack following a skyer off left-arm quick Boult. "He timed the ball beautifully well", Williamson said.

Asked what he was thinking when he caught Jadeja, the smiling captain answered: "Someone goes ´catch it´ and it´s sort´s above me so it must be mine".

New Zealand came into this match on the back of three straight group-stage defeats by Pakistan, Australia and England. The required run rate still seemed out of reach as it crossed 12 per over. You made it a memorable tournament for all of us & we definitely felt the love showered upon the team.

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