How the Black Caps turned around their World Cup losing streak

Martin Guptill’s run out of MS Dhoni changed the course of the match

One such moment came after - Jadeja reached his half-century and performed his signature sword celebration to keep India's chances alive in the contest - opener Rohit Sharma gestured towards the southpaw from the dressing room. The Virat Kohli-led India were one of the pre-tournament favourites and did justice to their reputation barring the semi-finals where one bad day in the office ended their dreams.

MS Dhoni was at the crease with ample expectations from Indian fans.

Having an insanely prolific top-order comprising of Dhawan, Rohit and Kohli might be the envy of many worldwide sides but it brings with it a recipe for disaster as seen in the Champions Trophy and now the World Cup semi-final.

New Zealand bowled themselves into the World Cup with a superb second innings fielding performance here on Wednesday.

The Black Caps might not be the most talented side left in the World Cup. "And when you lose 3 for 5 it is very hard to come back into the game".

"I completely appreciate the way he played in the whole tournament".

"We are not shying away from accepting that we didn't stand up to the challenge and we were not good enough under pressure". "They have some really talented players and they are a nice bunch of people". We had a good day yesterday and I'm very proud of that effort.

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"We got what we needed to get in the field this morning and we thought we had restricted them to a total that is chaseable on any surface".

"I'm sure he will reflect on it and he will come out stronger". Which means for the most part of it, we will now find cricket enthusiasts, as opposed to simply India fan (atic) s, take the seat to watch the final on Sunday.

A familiar script was followed in their 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final defeat at the hands of arch-rivals Pakistan at The Oval.

"At the halfway stage, we wanted 240-250 and we knew we would be competitive if we got that because the surface played the way it did".

Leading India at a World Cup for the first time, Kohli's dream of making the final has been shattered despite India finishing top in the group phase.

"Hard luck Virat. Just wasn't our day today".

"We are sad but not devastated". Then too, the Men in Blue had advanced to the final after a almost spotless campaign only to falter when it mattered most.

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