New Zealand stun India by 18 runs to reach World Cup final

Arnold Nichols
July 12, 2019

During the New Zealand innings, he effected a brilliant direct hit to run-out Ross Taylor for 74.

Gilchrist, who has lifted the trophy thrice before - in 2003, 2007 and 2011, has called on the Indian fans to not be harsh on their team.

The unexpected loss left a largely Indian-dominated crowd at Old Trafford disappointed, while a billion fans back home tried to come to terms with the heartbreaking end of the team's bid for a third World Cup crown.

"We are not shying away from accepting that we did not stand up to the challenge and we were not good enough under pressure". "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. Accept the failure as it shows on the scoreboard". India is close to my heart and a large part of me will share the pain of the players and the millions of supporters. Much to the surprise of quite a few in the cricket fraternity, India sent Dinesh Karthik in at number 5 when their most experienced batsman in MS Dhoni was still waiting in the dressing room.

"I don't think that I would like to break things down immediately", said Kohli.

Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli had been India's consistent performers with the bat in World Cup 2019 but their rare failure came in the biggest match of their campaign so far. They qualified fourth on net run-rate while India topped the 10-team group table, making them heavy underdogs against one of the pre-tournament favourites.

"But in time we will have to sit down and analyse things that we could have done right in this game".

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