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Virat kohli appreciates New Zealand, India's loss exposes weak team strategy

Manchester, July 11 (UITV): Virat Kohli lifted his hat to New Zealand after India lost an exciting semi-final at Old Trafford on Wednesday to be blown away of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Chasing 240, India folded for 221 despite a heroic 77 from Ravindra Jadeja. Despite giving a tough chase to New Zealand's score of 240, India lost the match by 18 runs in WC semi-final at Manchester.  India's sudden loss in WC semi-finals put down many indian fans who now pour down their emotions as memes in Twitter & other social media accounts.

India lost their second successive World Cup semi-final while New Zealand qualified for the Finals.  In the end, India's middle-order was vulnerable after Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul were badly beaten together for the first time making only 1 run each in the 2019 World Cup.  Virat Kohli had led from the front with 5 consecutive half-centuries in the World Cup but he was done in by Trent Boult in cloudy conditions yesterday.

Unexpected India's defeat in WC semis presents the weak strategic team management regarding the late entry of MS Dhoni into the scene. The veteran former captain (50 runs) and Ravindra Jadeja (77 runs) managed to build up a productive partnership for India's fast falling game that raised the hopes of Indian fans for a while, but once Dhoni was given run out, we soon came to know match skipped from India's hands. The match also exposed lack of skill of Indian batting line up in fast swinging pitches & bouncy wickets.

"The first half, we were very, very good. We got what we needed at that point. We thought we had restricted New Zealand to a limited score that could be chased but the way they come out with the ball was what made the difference," Virat Kohli said at the post match presentation ceremony.

Virat Kohli appreciated New Zealand's bowlers for their exceptional fielding and also praised Jadeja for a catchy knock under pressure.

Virat Kohli rued the shot selection by his batsmen and said New Zealand deserved to win because they absorbed the pressure better.