Group defeats no bother to Williamson ahead of World Cup final

Jason Roy

England lost to Australia in the group stages and a measure of revenge will be on their mind as they seek to win the trophy on home soil. But can they beat the might Defending Champions Australia?

For the first time in global history, a team lost its first three batsmen all for 1 as India saw Sharma, Kohli then Rahul depart in the space of 10 balls and was marooned on 5-3 after 3.1 overs. "It's been an enjoyable ride, but the feet are on the ground and we look forward to our next challenge".

The India captain pinpointed their top-order collapse as the major contributory factor for their semi-final defeat.

Star India batsmen Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli misfired at Old Trafford as they lurched to 24 for four and then 92 for six chasing 240 on the reserve day of the first last-four clash.

"That left-arm angle's something that seems to have been effective in one-day cricket for a while now, and they've exploited that throughout the tournament". Obviously, it feels bad. They just couldn't get out of the shell to start off, scoring just 27/1 in the Powerplay. It breaks our heart because you work so hard to build momentum, finish number one in the table, then a spell of bad cricket and you're out of the tournament, but you have to accept it.

"To go out on 45 minutes of bad cricket is saddening".

"But you have to accept it".

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"And I know there will be some English people who will laugh about that but its actually true".

"I think he would have liked to have got a few more runs but it's just around the corner", he said. "You never know when that is going to be implemented".

New Zealand's bowling attack is also unsafe - just ask Virat Kohli and the rest of India's top order.

When it was suggested that New Zealand had plunged billions of India fans into a state of mourning, the understated skipper, who has captained the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League, replied: "I hope they're not too angry". We will watch them with interest. Boult described it as "mayhem".

Williamson was also moved to support veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who attracted criticism in some quarters for not attacking sooner, only doing so when Ravindra Jadeja departed before being run out. Jadeja and Dhoni rebuilt the innings and added 116 runs.



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