Dejected Kohli laments 45 minutes of bad cricket

Insisting India weren't fazed by having to return to Old Trafford to finish the match on the reserve day, Kohli added: "It was fine having to come back today".

The opening semi-final of the Cricket World Cup was restarted on the second day after rain prevented the match finishing as scheduled on Tuesday. The second semi-final will be played at Birmingham between England and Australia.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson also conceded that India could have won the match had Jadeja and Dhoni stayed longer at the crease.

Sharma, the Cricket World Cup's top run-scorer with 648, edged Matt Henry behind off the fourth ball of his innings. They had lost a combined four wickets in the powerplays of their previous nine matches combined.

As per the rain rules of the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the semifinals and final, if there is no result on the scheduled match day, play will continue on the reserve day, using the same start time and hours of play as the scheduled match day.

Srikkanth was effusive in his praise for New Zealand bowlers despite a 116-run seventh-wicket stand between Mahendra Singh Dhoni (50) and Ravindra Jadeja (77) which raised hopes of an improbable win for India.

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"All those first three wickets, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, were outstanding worldwide wicket-taking deliveries and got rid of players who were in brilliant form", he added.

A day earlier Guptill was becoming an online meme when TV cameras caught his sullen face looking out over the ground from the players' pavilion following another failure at the tournament. We had to assess conditions quickly, I think both sides thought it would be a higher scoring game.

India needed 31 off the final two overs.

Resuming on the reserve day at 211-5, New Zealand added 28 runs from the remaining 23 deliveries as Ross Taylor top-scored with a gutsy 74 to go with Williamson's 67. New Zealand defended 239 and marched into the finals. "In the field I think we were spot on", he said. "I think it's the skill level that was on display for everyone and it made life very hard for the batsmen", he added.

India's new ball pair of Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-43) and Jasprit Bumrah bowled with impeccable discipline while Jadeja was also very economical with the ball.

  • Lawrence Cooper