India didn’t play badly, just unintelligently. Two terrific deliveries removed the two best batsman (Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli), and the match was effectively over in the first half a dozen overs.
Yet, India did well to stay in the game till the 48th over when Ravindra finally succumbed. A largely defensive Dhoni was brilliantly run out in the next.
Dhoni made 32 (off 45 balls) in the 116-run partnership with Jadeja (77 off 59), but it involved 20 dot balls and the occasional Test-match style leave outside the off stump. It is doubtful if he could have carried India through when they needed 37 from the last three overs.
This was a match that New Zealand won, not one that India lost.
Teams that win World Cups grow through the course of the tournament. Somehow India didn’t seem to.