Pant, who added 47 runs for the fifth wicket with Hardik Pandya, played an absolute rash shot in a crucial juncture of the game to lose his wicket.
Jadeja and MS Dhoni put on 116 runs for the seventh wicket to fix the damage, but their wickets spelt the end for the pre-tournament favourites. It was a case of so close but yet so far.
New Zealand pace spearhead Trent Boult said Ravindra Jadeja and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's partnership had his team concerned during the semifinal clash here as the two absorbed the pressure nicely to keep India in the hunt.
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. "I particularly enjoyed the innings played by Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor on the first day when they assessed conditions brilliantly and refused to buckle under the pressure that inevitably comes when the scoring rate was actually getting slower as the innings progressed". That (retirement) is his personal decision. India Today YouTube channel offers latest news videos on Politics, Business, Cricket, Bollywood, Lifestyle, Auto, Technology, Travel, Entertainment and a lot more. The youngsters in the team still need his mentorship, " Edulji, herself a former India captain, added.
She also dedicated a motivational song written by Gulzar to the Indian cricket team. "And when you lose 3 for 5 it is very hard to come back into the game".
The defeat to New Zealand in yesterday's semi-final came after a top-order batting collapse had left them teetering at 24-4. "I wish them all the best", he said.