Saturday, 21 September, 2019

Kane Williamson gets revenge on Virat Kohli for 2008 semi loss

Ross Taylor and Tom Latham will continue to the New Zealand innings Ross Taylor and Tom Latham will continue to the New Zealand innings
Cary Erickson | 11 July, 2019, 06:40

Heavy favourites coming into their World Cup 2019 semi-final after topping the league stage, India's campaign came to an end in a thriller at Old Trafford and captain Virat Kohli admitted New Zealand got through to the final because "they were far sharper when it came to the crunch moments".

India, who topped the 10-team group stage, had a catastrophic start to their 240-run chase - losing their top three batsmen for one run each, a first in worldwide cricket.

Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul were dismissed for one run each within 5 runs as India was down with 6 wickets before they crossed 100.

"I think we are sad but we are not devastated because of the kind of cricket that we played in this tournament". "It's hard to accept, it's hard to come to terms with, but look, New Zealand deserve it because they put enough pressure on us and they were far sharper when it came to the crunch moments".

"It was an outstanding spell from Santner on a surface that, you know, no doubt was offering to the slower bowlers - and we saw that in our innings as well the amount of spin that the Indian spinners got and he (Santner) is a world-class bowler, so we expected he would operate well", Williamson said.

"The game pretty much changed in those first 40 minutes", Kohli said.

Srikkanth feels if not for rain-interruption that spilled the match over to the reserve day, India would have easily come out on top. We had to assess conditions quickly, I think both sides thought it would be a higher scoring game.

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Then it was a professional effort with the ball this morning and we had the momentum.

The match finished with three balls to spare when tailender Yuzvendra Chahal edged to wicket-keeper Tom Latham, a review confirming his dismissal and New Zealand's shock victory.

Indian fans though were prompt to give back to Waqar remembering him of Pakistan's chequered history with match fixing and how he got slammed by Ajay Jadeja in 1996 World Cup quarter final.

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.

While through to a second successive World Cup final, Williamson viewed his side's feat at this year's tournament very differently to when they jointly hosted with Australia in 2015.

"We are sad but not devastated".