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This is the worst one yet

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori admitted that Saturday's loss to Pakistan was the most disappointing of the semi-final defeats in which he has been involved.

The defeat was the third major semi-final that the Black Caps have lost in the last 12 months, following on from the ICC Champions Trophy last year and the World Cup in the Caribbean, while Vettori was also around for the semi-final defeat to Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup.

As such the Kiwis remain the nearly men of international cricket, and Vettori admits that the latest setback is the hardest to take.

"It is disappointing - probably the most disappointed I've felt and perhaps even more so as I'm captain," he confessed.

"It was another opportunity to make another final of a major tournament and we thought coming into it that we could win it.

"We knew we could win - we had good confidence and went into this semi-final a lot more relaxed than previous occasions.

"We'll go back to the drawing board and have a look at it, it's just one of those things unfortunately that we're not going to make it to the final."

Having won the toss, Vettori elected to bat but many will argue that it was the wrong decision in the wake of New Zealand making just 143 for eight.

However Vettori disagrees, pointing out that his combination of slower bowlers needed an ageing wicket on which to do some damage.

"I think the toss was key, we always wanted to bat first and the way we bowled - the likes of myself, Styris and Patel - we were in control and if we had a few more runs I think we would have won.

"But that's just speculation - I think we played particularly well but they had good bowlers - whoever they take on the final will be good game."

The skipper appeared to have an on-pitch argument with Imran Nazir and his batting partner over Nazir's use of a runner, and Vettori pointed out the simple reason behind this.

"I think it was pretty obvious," he explained. "A man who brings a runner onto the field then has the ability to charge down the wicket clear as day, then sprint out to celebrate victory means he's not injured.

"We were upset with that, we allowed him to have it [the runner] but when you carry on that way there has got to be some suspicion. When he leapt into another player's arms we thought his groin was fine.

"That's not the way we play cricket."

source - cricket365.com
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