Virat Kohli not against IPL-style playoffs in World Cup

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Dhoni eventually fell to Martin Guptill for 50 of a slow 72 balls, while a flurry of boundaries saw Jadeja push India close to the New Zealand total before he fell for 77 off 59 three overs from the end.

"But credit to the New Zealand bowlers, the way they bowled with the new ball, moving it around, it was an outstanding skill level on display and they made life very hard for our batsmen".

New Zealand made 239 for eight on a tricky pitch, Ross Taylor top-scoring with 74 and Williamson contributing 67 as the two senior batsmen showed their class again.

Vettori, who guided New Zealand to the 2011 semi-finals, heaped praise on pace bowlers Trent Boult and Matt Henry after they dismissed India's top three of KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli for one run each.

Kohli rated Jadeja's rear-guard knock as one of the best he has ever seen of the left-hander, which raised visions of an improbable win for India. The middle order muddle has been causing plenty of headaches to the selection committee and when India lost their semi-final clash to New Zealand, these questions came back to bite them.

"We are not shying away from accepting that we did not stand up to the challenge and we were not good enough under pressure".

"New Zealand know they are not one of the best sides in the world, but they play fair", he revealed. In the one-day game you had five catching fielders.

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Leading India at a World Cup for the first time, Kohli's dream of making the final has been shattered despite India finishing top in the group phase.

"We've played outstanding cricket throughout this tournament. So they know how to put pressure because they play very consistent cricket and today was an example of that", he added.

"I don't think that I would like to break things down immediately, but in time we'll have to sit down and analyse where we went wrong and the things we could have done right in this game particularly", said Kohli.

He also termed 37-year-old Dhoni as legend. I still feel that he has a lot of cricket left in him.

"I am disappointed because we should have chased 240 without any doubt". Each player tried really hard but it was just not our day.

"But I feel that we can't be all the time relying on Rohit to give a good start or Virat to come and make sure that a solid foundation is built", he said.

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