India's World Cup dream got crushed when the team hustled out for 221 with three balls remaining in the semi-final against New Zealand at Old Trafford on Saturday.
After India’s exodus from the World Cup at Old Trafford, Kohli faced the media and answered questions on the team’s campaign and the dissatisfaction on the defeat at the hands of the Kiwis. India's hopes to succeed for the World Cup final had amplified after MS Dhoni (50) and Ravindra Jadeja (77) built a 116-run partnership, that would have shown to be crucial if the men in blue made it through to the end.
However, Jadeja's belligerent batting and a few dropped catches by the Black Caps had let up pressure on India. A win seemed off the cards as the required run rate continued to climb beyond India's reach. The remaining hopes were hastened after Jadeja's dismissal at the hands of Trent Boult in the 48th over. Jadeja hit the ball high up but not far enough as it landed in New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson's safe hands.
New Zealand now await for the winner of the second semi-final between Australia and hosts England. Match will be exciting to watch today in Birmingham. The final is on July 14 at Lord’s. This is the second consecutive time that the Kiwis have qualified for the final. In the 2015 edition, they were runners-up to Australia.
For India, this was second semi-final loss in two editions. In 2015, they were knocked out by host Australia in the last-four stage.