<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/bcci">BCCI</a> acting president CK Khanna has praised <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india/">Indian cricket team</a> for the way they fought back against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/new-zealand/">New Zealand</a> in the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019-200898/">world cup</a> semi-final on Wednesday, a match they eventually lost to be knocked out. <p></p> <p></p><strong>READ:</strong> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/cricket-world-cup-india-ultimately-undone-by-the-day-that-threatened-to-come-much-earlier-867673">India ultimately undone by the day that threatened to come much earlier</a> <p></p> <p></p>The contest, which was split into two days due to rain interruption, turned out to be a close one with India recovering from 92/6 in chase of 240 thanks to blistering fifty from allrounder Ravindra Jadeja and a calm half-century from veteran MS Dhoni. <p></p> <p></p>However, India were bowled out for 221 with New Zealand entering a second straight world cup final. <p></p> <p></p>Khanna said the team will work harder and come back stronger while conveying his wishes. "It was a tough game and I think our boys played their hearts out," Khanna said in a media release on Thursday. "No one wants to lose a game. Each player tried really hard but it was just not our day. Team India under Virat Kohli played brilliant cricket in league phase. I am sure our team will work hard and come up with more success in future. Congratulations to New Zealand team. I wish them all the best." <p></p> <p></p>India topped the league stage winning seven of their nine matches with one being washed out. The Virat Kohli-led India were one of the pre-tournament favourites and did justice to their reputation barring the semi-finals where one bad day in the office ended their dreams.