Difficult to take it, but NZ deserve it: Kohli

India captain Virat Kohli hailed New Zealand’s performance after his side lost the semi-final clash at the Old Trafford.

NZ knock India out
With only 240 runs on the board, who would have thought New Zealand will defend this against the table-toppers of the World Cup India. But the men in black started the second innings with all guns blazing and removed India’s top three batsmen with a glimpse of an eye.

Though Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni pulled India back with a 100-run partnership and almost took their side over the line, a moment of brilliance from Martin Guptill broke the heart of India.

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Indian captain Virat Kohli feels they were very good in the first half of the match, but New Zealand came back stronger to hunt them down.

“The first half, we were very, very good. We got what we needed at that point. We thought we had restricted New Zealand to a chaseable score but the way they came out with the ball was what made the difference. The game pretty much changed in those first 40 minutes when we were batting.”

“They really put up a great display on how to bowl with the new ball. They forced us to make errors. Pressure created was immense. I think for the first 7 or 8 overs we didn’t get a ball to drive. That shows the kind of control they had,” he said in the post-match press conference.

Kohli also praised Jadeja and Dhoni’s performance and feels New Zealand deserved to win this match for the way they played.

“Jadeja had a really good couple of games and it’s his performances that are a huge positive. He went with so much clarity, MS had a good partnership with him. It was a game of margins and MS was run-out. 45 minutes of bad cricket puts you out of the tournament.”

“Difficult to take it – but New Zealand deserve it. Our shot selection could have been better, but we played a good standard of cricket throughout. New Zealand were braver in crunch situations and they deserve it,” Kohli concluded.

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