Virat Kohli: India captain says New Zealand defeat broke their hearts

INDIA vs New Zealand: Bollywood celebrities REACT after Team India loses in ICC World Cup 2019 semi-finals

INDIA vs New Zealand: Bollywood celebrities REACT after Team India loses in ICC World Cup 2019 semi-finals

New Zealand defended a modest total of 239 for eight as India were all out for 221 in 49.3 overs.

India suffered a heartbreaking 18-run defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the first semifinal at the Old Trafford on Wednesday. "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 throughout the tournament to build momentum. It's happened to us before and we have all come out better cricketers because of these setbacks". From a dire position of 24-4, however, India got themselves back in the game thanks to a superb 116-run seventh-wicket partnership between MS Dhoni (50) and Ravindra Jadeja (77).

"To bowl as outstandingly as they did in a high-pressure game makes victory over India one of New Zealand's best ever one-day performances", Vettori wrote in his column for the International Cricket Council.

"We played outstanding cricket throughout this tournament. New Zealand were braver in crunch situations and they deserve it", Indian skipper Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Two moments of brilliance in the field - a low catch from Jimmy Neesham and Martin Guptill's direct hit to dismiss the risky Jadeja for 77 - also contributed to a stunning win.

"It was a brilliant fighting effort on what was a tough surface", Black Caps captain Kane Williamson said.

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