The match was then pushed to Wednesday, the reserve day kept for the tie.
The final wicket - last man Yuzvendra Chahal edging behind - was greeted with shock by an India heavy crowd, as New Zealand gathered into a huddle. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul were dismissed for one run each within 5 runs as India was down with 6 wickets before they crossed 100.
"I am disappointed because we should have chased 240 without any doubt". During the New Zealand innings, he effected a brilliant direct hit to run-out Ross Taylor for 74. "If there is a low total, we knew there's probably only one or two sides in world cricket that will put seven fielders in the ring and one was going to be New Zealand".
"I think we are good enough to beat anyone".
"Because many players will not be able to process it. Accept the failure as it shows on the scoreboard".
Immediately after Pant's dismissal, TV cameras caught Kohli swiftly walking out of the Indian dressing room to have a chat with head coach Ravi Shastri.
In the post-match press conference after India's World Cup exit, India captain Virat Kohli refused to share any details on his possible retirement, only saying "he has not said anything to us".
"In my watching Jadeja for 10 years, me playing with him as well, this is probably his top quality, like best knock according to me because the kind of pressure", Kohli said.
"We are sad but not devastated. That's the nature of the tournament, one bad day at this stage and you are out of this tournament".
"But in time we will have to sit down and analyse things that we could have done right in this game".