New Zealand stun India by 18 runs to reach World Cup final

Ross Taylor and Tom Latham will continue to the New Zealand innings

Captain Virat Kohli described the loss as "45 minutes of bad cricket".

Kohli's team crashed to an unexpected 18-run defeat against New Zealand in the semi-finals at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

He told Sky Sports: "It's tough, but New Zealand deserve it, they put us under pressure and came through in the key moments".

We've tried Dinesh Karthik, we've tried Jadeja, we've tried Vijay Shankar, three guys have been tried and they've not proved useful so maybe we can find a good youngster for No.5.

But, if rain still affect the game, as per the rain rules of the International Cricket Council for the semi-finals and final, if there is no result on the scheduled match day, play will continue on the reserve day, using the same start time and hours of play as the scheduled match day. "Absolutely what we needed to get, we got in the field and we thought we had restricted New Zealand to a total which was quite chaseable on any surface".

"Jadeja came in and hitting the ball better than anybody in both teams was very, very valuable".

"I think Jaddu had an outstanding game, outstanding couple of games", Kohli said. New Zealand defended 239 and marched into the finals.

"So contributions can come in so many different ways and I think we have seen on the fielding charts he has been right up there and for him to do that and pull off what was a significant turning point in the match was special", Williamson said.


New Zealand paceman Matt Henry was the wrecker-in-chief as he sent the in-form Sharma trudging back to the pavilion in his very first over.

Srikkanth feels Indian batsmen should have been more aggressive in their approach against left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner, who returned with impressive figures of 2/34.

The pair gave India hope during a World Cup record seventh-wicket stand of 116, with the former leading the way with 77.

"They literally finished off the backbone of the Indian side and then there was a good fightback, hats off to MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja, especially Jadeja in just his second game of the World Cup", he said.

"We are sad but not devastated".

"We've played outstanding cricket throughout this tournament".

"Today we were not good enough".

"You finish No 1 in the table and then a spell of bad cricket and you are out of the tournament completely".

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