The Indian team finished at the top of the points table at the end of the group stage but was outplayed by the spirited New Zealand side. India’s worst fear came true as their top order, which had dominated bowling attacks the entire tournament, was blown away by the imperious Kiwi fast bowling.
Unable to cope with the pace bowling duo of Matt Henry and Trent Boult, India were reduced to 5-3, 24-4 and 92-6 before Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni forged a crucial partnership to produce some fight-back but the task was too big and they eventually failed to take India over the line.
After the match, Indian captain Virat Kohli credited the New Zealand bowlers for taking the game away from them and admitted the poor shot selection of his team in the run chase.
"Always feels bad when you play well all tournament and then 45 minutes of bad cricket puts you out. New Zealand deserves it, they put us under more pressure. At times, I think our shot-selection could have been better. Otherwise, we played a really good brand of cricket,” Kohli said.