INDIA vs New Zealand

Kane Williamson had plenty of praise for his bowlers after last night's semifinal win over India

"It always feels disappointing when you've played such good cricket and then 45 minutes of bad cricket puts you out of the tournament", Kohli told the host broadcaster at the presentation ceremony.

Kane Williamson, who was New Zealand captian that day, got 37, while India captain Virat Kohli got 43 in the run chase.

"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.

"So, it was a brilliant start for us with the ball and I guess on the other side of that coin, India would not have been as happy with that start. In the field, I think we were spot on", Kohli said. "But the way they bowled in that first half an hour was the difference in the game". I don't think India need to make any drastic changes, they just need to look at that middle order.

From the next ball, the first of the penultimate over delivered by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Tom Latham struck cleanly high towards the leg-side boundary only for Jadeja to intervene again, leaping to catch two-handed above his head. "I think it's the skill level that was on display for everyone and it made life very hard for the batsmen".

But the Black Caps kept their composure, Boult had Jadeja caught in the 48th over and Martin Guptill's superb direct hit ran out Dhoni (50) midway through the 49th as they bowled India out for 221 to secure their place in a second successive World Cup 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. He also thanked them for supporting them in large numbers, and went on to add that he had given it his all in the World Cup. Bites you back when you are expecting the least #CWC19 I learnt a great lesson today "Never Abuse The Game". Guptill had one stump to aim at as he tore in from the deep, he found his mark and the replays confirmed Dhoni was centimetres short of his ground.

Kohli lauded India's show overall in the World Cup, only pointing to stray instances of poor shot selection as areas for improvement.

"We've played outstanding cricket throughout this tournament".

Kohli conceded their shot selection could have been better though he refused to blame 21-year-old Pant, who was playing only his ninth one-day worldwide.

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