MANCHESTER – A spell of pedestrian cricket inside 45 minutes ruined India's otherwise stellar campaign in the Cricket World Cup, captain Virat Kohli lamented after his team's semi-final loss to New Zealand in a low-scoring thriller on Wednesday.
Kohli's men topped the group stage and wrested the number one ranking from England before their last four clash with 2015 finalists New Zealand.
Defending 239-8, Matt Henry and Trent Boult blew away India's star-studded top order that included Kohli and Rohit Sharma, the tournament's leading scorer, to reduce them to five for three wickets inside four overs.
Ravindra Jadeja mounted an audacious rearguard action but India could not recover after slumping to 24-4 after the first powerplay.
"Of course, very disappointed," a glum Kohli told a news conference.