Published: Thu, July 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

'Forty-five minutes of bad cricket' knocked us out - Kohli

'Forty-five minutes of bad cricket' knocked us out - Kohli

Ball-tracking showed it was just clipping the top of the bails, umpire's call, and that was enough to send an enraged Kohli back to the pavilion for just one - taking his record in World Cup semi-finals to 11 runs in three innings.

"To have the start we had was an outstanding way to try and kick things off and get into a position of strength".

During the post-match presentation, Virat said, "Really proud of the way we competed throughout the tournament".

Santner had conceded only five runs in 5.3 overs, and in the 31st Pandya succumbed to temptation and offered a substantial top edge while slog-sweeping, sending it high for Williamson to catch, leaving the score at 92 for six.

Kohli conceded their shot selection could have been better though he refused to blame 21-year-old Pant, who was playing only his ninth one-day global.

Kohli was one of the India stars to flop as he was dismissed for one alongside Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, who also only managed a single each.

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The New Zealand Herald said Guptill's run out of Dhoni, arguably the world's best finisher in ODI cricket, was redemption for a poor run of form with the bat, while Stuff Media said he had gone "From zero to hero". In three previous semi-finals, Virat Kohli scored nine runs in 2011 World Cup while in the 2015 World Cup semi-final, he scored just one run. He nearly won the match alongside Dhoni and his all-round performance was brilliant for the entire match.

"I have to give great credit to Kane Williamson's captaincy". Ross Taylor was 67 not out and Tom Latham was at 3 when the play was stopped.

They knew if those two could stay in and they could get near 250, they could make a match out of it and they ended up winning the match and reaching the final.

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.

Yesterday, match officials waited for more than four hours while rain stopped and started before deciding to take the game to the rest day. If you saw their fast bowlers, they didn't try too much upfront. When I say positively, that doesn't mean hitting out, it's showing some sort of positivity against Santner, putting him under pressure.

He added: "But you have to accept it".

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