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Kohli admits New Zealand were too good with the new ball

Kohli admits New Zealand were too good with the new ball

Manchester, Jul 11 (UNI) A bad 40 minutes cost India a chance at playing in the

ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup final, according to captain Virat Kohli.

Set a testing target of 240 at Old Trafford in the first semi-final by New Zealand,

India were reduced to five for three in the fourth over by what Kohli described as a

‘perfect spell of fast bowling with the new ball’ as he, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul

all fell for one.

The Indians fought hard, Ravindra Jadeja (77) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (50)

adding a World Cup record 116 for the seventh wicket, but those early wickets

proved costly in an 18-run defeat.

Kohli said, “The game pretty much changed in those first 40 minutes when we

were batting and New Zealand deserve a lot of credit because they put up a great

display how to bowl with the new ball.

“They had perfect line and lengths and forced us to sort of make errors," he said.

“The pressure created was immense in those first 40-45 minutes," said Kohli.

“New Zealand did not provide any opportunities for us, for the first seven or eight

overs we didn't get a ball to drive," the Team India captain said.

“So that shows the kind of control they bowled with and they put the fielders in the

right positions and that was a perfect spell of fast bowling with the new ball, which put

us under a lot of pressure," he said.

“We are not shying away from accepting that we didn't stand up to the challenge

and we were not good enough under pressure and we have to accept that and

accept the failure as it shows on the scoreboard,” Kohli said.

Kohli was obviously disappointed at the result, with India falling at the semi-final

stage for the second successive World Cup.

However, the Indian skipper insisted there were no regrets from his side at their

approach to the game.

He added, “I think we are sad but we are not devastated because of the kind of

cricket that we played in this tournament."

“We know where we stood as a team and today we were not good enough and

that is the nature of this tournament. A bad day in the knockout stage you are out

of the tournament," Kohli said.

“But having said that we have qualified for the semis and we have played some

really good cricket, so we should be also proud of the way we have played and

look at the positives also because there were a lot throughout this tournament,

especially Rohit's performance, Jasprit (Bumrah) with the ball and Jadeja given the

opportunity," he said.

“So there are many things that we can take back as positives. But yeah not having

played that bad cricket and then just 40-45 minutes of bad cricket puts you out. As a

sportsman you have to accept it, this is part and parcel of this game,” said Kohli.

New Zealand felt that 240 was going to be a difficult target to chase, and Kohli

admitted their attacking approach with the ball paid dividends.

He added, “I wasn't surprised with how New Zealand played. If there is a low total,

we knew there are probably only one or two sides in world cricket that would put

seven fielders in the ring and that was always going to be New Zealand."

“We knew they were going to attack more and not let the game go to the end, they

wouldn’t take it deep, they would go all out and play the game that way because

I have seen them play that way," the India captain said.

“Third man was up in the ring. In the one-day game you had five catching fielders.

So they know how to put pressure because they play very consistent cricket and this

was an example of that,” he added.

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