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Jadeja rips Sanjay Manjrekar apart, displays blistering performance against New Zealand

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Cary Erickson | 11 July, 2019, 08:14

India's World Cup dream was shattered when the team bundled out for 221 with three balls remaining in the semi-final against New Zealand at Old Trafford on Saturday.

This was after India crashed out of the World Cup after an 18 run defeat at the hands of New Zealand this morning.

Kohli suggested the tournament follow the model of the Indian Premier League, in which teams who finish top in the regular season get another chance to reach the final if they lose their first play-off match.

They will now face either England or Australia in Sunday's showpiece final at Lord's. The second semifinal is at Edgbaston on Thursday. If Australia wins, it will be a repeat of the 2015 final won by the Australians in Melbourne.

Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar said he is heartbroken like every Indian supporter but praised the good fight put up by Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni against the Kiwis.

"It was a brilliant fighting effort on what was a tough surface", Black Caps captain Kane Williamson said.

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"So that shows the kind of control they bowled with - they put the fielders in the right positions and that was a ideal spell of fast bowling with the new ball, which put us under a lot of pressure".

New Zealand scored 28 runs after the resumption under cloudy but brightening skies, finishing on 239-8. Chasing a tricky target of 240 in overcast conditions, the Men in Blue lost Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul cheaply.

"We played outstanding cricket throughout this tournament, and to just go out on the basis of 45 minutes of bad cricket is saddening and it breaks your heart". It was his shortest ODI innings since the 2017 Champion Trophy. The India captain reviewed the decision but replays showed the ball was clipping the bails and Kohli tossed his bat into the air in disgust. Henry pitched the ball up to Karthik, who sent a thick outside edge to backward point where Neesham flung himself to his left to take a stunning one-handed catch just a couple of inches off the ground.

Rishabh Pant added 47 runs with Hardik Pandya to arrest the slide and Pant made 32 before his wild heave off Santner found Colin de Grandhomme near the mid-wicket boundary.

However, the early losses ultimately left them too little breathing space, and Jadeja finally departed for 77 from 59 balls in the 48th over after one slog too many, caught by Williamson off Boult.