Indian fans hurt by World Cup exit but proud of team


Jadeja and MS Dhoni put on 116 runs for the seventh wicket to fix the damage, but their wickets spelt the end for the pre-tournament favourites.

The game was still just about in the balance when Dhoni was run out by a brilliant direct hit from Martin Guptill. It was a case of so close but yet so far.

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.

"I don't think that I would like to break things down immediately", said Kohli. That shows the kind of control they bowled with and they put the fielders in the right positions and that was a flawless spell of fast bowling with the new ball, which really put us under a lot of pressure. "And so was Dhoni who kept India in the hunt".

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Insisting India weren't fazed by having to return to Old Trafford to finish the match on the reserve day, Kohli added: "It was fine having to come back today".

"But whatever happens it's going to be a great occasion, and the Black Caps can go into that game with a lot of confidence behind them". While that did not look like a substantial total at the time, a pair of hard-worked half-centuries from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor had made it clear that the surface was not easy for run-scoring. Which means for the most part of it, we will now find cricket enthusiasts, as opposed to simply India fan (atic) s, take the seat to watch the final on Sunday.

Acknowledging the fighting spirit displayed until the last overs despite suffering early setbacks in terms of losing its top batsmen, the Indian cricket team has received a pat on the back for the die-hard spirit shown in the cricket world cup semi-final match against New Zealand.

"Only every four years do you get the opportunity to play in a World Cup, let alone make a final", added Williamson, as wives and girlfriends of the New Zealand squad, many clad in replica shirts, together with some of the players' children, mingled on the outfield at Old Trafford.