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The much celebrated Indian top-order failed to make a mark on a day it mattered the most. The Indian team lost to New Zeland by 18 runs in the semifinals of Cricket World Cup.

This is the second successive final of New Zeland, all thanks to their amazing pacers’ – Matt Henry (3/37) and Trent Boult’s (2/42) deadly opening spell and Lockie Ferguson’s steely nerve in the penultimate over.

At 5 for 3, India has had their worst start of the tournament and it just got even worse when Jimmy Neesham’s outstanding effort at a backward point ended Dinesh Karthik’s (6 off 25 balls) misery.

India could only get as far as 221 in 49.3 overs in pursuit of 240.

Fans and former players are equally disheartened by this sudden failure.

“Sport is cruel yes sometimes it shows you those days. This was a fantastic team to go all the way and lift the trophy but there are no guarantees in sport and no retakes either. Just one of those disappointing days when you have to swallow that bitter pill.

But we cannot be so critical with one failure. We cannot forget that we won 7 out of 8 games (in the league stage). .Yes, all the teams have bad games, England also lost. They lost to Sri Lanka. We can’t be harsh on our team, it is a disappointing day but it’s a bitter pill to swallow,” a dejected Sachin Tendulkar told India Today.

While Indian captain Virat Kohli said that ICC should consider a change of format for the semi-finals.

Asked whether he would like to see the tournament follow the model of the Indian Premier League, in which teams who finish top in the regular season get another chance to reach the final if they lose their first playoff match, the India captain said, “Maybe. If topping the table means anything. I think these things can come into consideration, looking at the magnitude of this tournament. That is a really valid point. You never know when that is going to be implemented.”

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