Manchester | Jagran News Desk: India’s fantastic World Cup campaign came to an end with a shocking defeat in the semi-finals at the hands of New Zealand.

Kiwis performed brilliantly with the bowl after managing just 240 runs in a rain-hit match which extended to the reserve day. Their top bowling and fielding snatched the game away from India and earned them a consecutive World Cup final berth.

Team India opener Rohit Sharma who hit five tons in league matches -- the most in a World Cup -- got unlucky. The 32-year-old and other players like KL Rahul including Indian captain, Virat Kohli managed just 1 run each.

India were reduced to 5 for 3 and were even four wickets down with just 24 runs on the board at one time. Like Virat, Rohit too feels that poor cricket cost them the match and the World Cup.

India’s Vice-captain took to twitter to outline the reason for India’s loss. He tweeted, “We failed to deliver as a team when it mattered, 30 minutes of poor cricket yesterday and that snatched away our chance for the cup. My heart is heavy as I’m sure yours is too. The support away from home was incredible. Thank you all for painting most of the UK blue wherever we played. 

Her wife Ritika Sajdeh replied it with a consolation tweet.

Rohit who managed 647 runs in the first eight matches looked completely animated during Wednesday’s match. He could be seen motivating Ravindra Jadeja for his fighting efforts, cried and showed a flurry of emotions during the course of the match.

Earlier on Wednesday, team India captain, Virat Kohli had said 45 minutes of poor cricket had cost them the game against Kiwis.  

“Always feels disappointed when you play such a good cricket and then 45 minutes of bad cricket puts you out of the tournament. It is difficult to accept and difficult to come to terms with.” 

“Credit to New Zealand bowlers. They were really good with the new ball and outstanding with the kind of areas they hit and the kind of swing they got from the surface. The way they bowled in the first half-hour of our run chase was what made the difference. I think it was the skill level on display and that made life difficult for our batsmen,” he added. 

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma