Srikkanth feels if not for rain-interruption that spilled the match over to the reserve day, India would have easily come out on top. As he walked off the field, out for 1 in his second successive World Cup semi-final, the Indian captain tossed his bat in the air and cussed his luck. Promptly the team found itself on 24 for four at the 10-over mark, the new low in this World Cup's powerplays.
"But credit to the New Zealand bowlers, the way they bowled with the new ball, moving it around, it was an outstanding skill level on display and they made life very hard for our batsmen".
The Guardian's blogger Simon Burnton said it was an unforgettable match that was turned around by the devastating new-ball burst from Player of the Match Matt Henry and Trent Boult.
However, Ravindra Jadeja's brilliant knock of 77 from 59 balls, in a partnership of 116 with MS Dhoni, brought about an exhilarating conclusion.
Chasing the target, India lost quick wickets with Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul could only score one run each.
"Today we were not good enough".
Santner got rising star Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya as he dried up the flow of runs in the middle overs.
The game was always running against them from that point, and while India did well to stay in the tie until the final few overs, it would've needed a monumental comeback to recover.
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"We had a good day yesterday and I'm very proud of that effort. One thing about New Zealand's batting and bowling approach, they played to their strengths and limitations", he said. The catch marked the end of a fantastic innings by Jadeja, which powered up the game.
"We thought we had restricted them to a total that is chaseable on any surface", Kohli said.
The exclusion of this world cup's only hat-trick taking bowler Shami was quite puzzling for Indian cricket team fans, as the team management opted to try Bhuvneshwar Kumar in his place.
Resuming at 211 for 5, the Black Caps could add only 28 runs to their overnight tally with a single boundary being hit off the remaining 23 balls.