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India lose semi-final to New Zealand

July 11, 2019

Yesterday was a disappointing and heartbreaking day for Indian cricket fans as India lost the semi-final match of the World Cup 2019 to New Zealand.

A rough start cost the game to India and the match was lost by 18 runs while chasing 239 and ended the team's run in the tournament. In 2015 also India had lost the semifinal match and failed to reach the World Cup final.

After the match captain Virat Kohli said, "Very disappointed, we have played outstanding cricket throughout the tournament."

"To go out after 45 minutes of poor cricket is saddening. It breaks your heart too. A spell of bad cricket and you're out of the tournament," he added.

The openers of the team did not do well and crucial wickets fell at the very beginning.

MS Dhoni hit 50 runs off 72 balls in the semi-final, while Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and K L Rahul managed to make only one run each and Dinesh Karthik scored 6 runs in 25 balls.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "A disappointing result, but good to see #TeamIndia 's fighting spirit till the very end. India batted, bowled, fielded well throughout the tournament, of which we are very proud. Wins and losses are a part of life. Best wishes to the team for their future endeavours. #INDvsNZ"

The semifinal match between India and New Zealand was interrupted due to rains on Tuesday and was continued on the reserve day yesterday.

"Though they're a billion broken hearts tonight, Team India, you put up a great fight and are deserving of our love & respect. Congratulations to New Zealand on their well-earned win, that gives them a place in the World Cup final. #INDvNZ #CWC19", tweeted Rahul Gandhi

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