Wednesday 17 July 2019

'Heartbroken' Kohli laments Indian collapse

India's Virat Kohli reacts after losing his wicket. Photo: Reuters/Lee Smith
India's Virat Kohli reacts after losing his wicket. Photo: Reuters/Lee Smith

Tim Wigmore

Virat Kohli said that he was heartbroken after New Zealand's 18-run victory over India in the first World Cup semi-final at Old Trafford.

"You have worked so hard throughout the tournament to build momentum," Kohli said after India were unable to recover from 24 for four to chase 240 against New Zealand yesterday.

"To just go out on the basis of 45 minutes of bad cricket is saddening, and it breaks your heart also because you have worked so hard. You finish No 1 in the table and then a spell of bad cricket and then you are out of the tournament completely."

Chasing 240, India lurched to 24 for four after 10 overs, losing three wickets in the space of 11 balls at one stage, including the prize scalps of Rohit Sharma and Kohli in a spellbinding passage of play at Old Trafford.

Ravindra Jadeja's swashbuckling 77 and a patient 50 from Mahendra Singh Dhoni took India close to overhauling New Zealand's 239 for eight but they were all out for 221 in 49.3 overs.

Jadeja, batting for the first time in the tournament, put on a World Cup record 116 for the seventh wicket alongside the more subdued Dhoni, before holing out to long-off off Trent Boult. Dhoni attempted to up the ante but the veteran was run out following an outstanding direct hit from Martin Guptill in the penultimate over as India's hopes vanished.

New Zealand are now in their second consecutive World Cup final and face the winners of today's semi-final between England and Australia.

Elsewhere, the first Twenty20 international between Ireland and Zimbabwe in Belfast was called off without a ball bowled due to a wet outfield.

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