ICC World Cup 2023: India cruises into finals
The outstanding centuries from Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer, combined with Mohammed Shami's pivotal seven-wicket haul, played a crucial role in India's commanding win
MUMBAI: India is on the brink of making history after a thrilling semifinal against New Zealand tonight, securing a victory by 70 runs. The outstanding centuries from Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer, combined with Mohammed Shami's pivotal seven-wicket haul, played a crucial role in India's commanding win.
Captain Rohit Sharma's decision to bat first, after winning the toss, proved to be strategic. He forged a remarkable 71-run partnership with Shubman Gill for the opening wicket. Following Rohit's (47) departure, Kohli and Gill took charge, with Gill retiring hurt at 79. Kohli (117) then formed an impressive partnership with Shreyas Iyer, achieving his 50th century, a historic feat. After Kohli's exit, Iyer (105) also notched up a century, complemented by a brisk knock from KL Rahul (39*), resulting in India posting a formidable total of 397/4 in 50 overs.
Chasing 398 was a formidable challenge for New Zealand, exacerbated by the early dismissals of openers Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra by Mohammed Shami. Despite a resilient 181-run partnership between Kane Williamson (69) and Daryll Mitchell (134), the tide turned when Shami claimed the crucial wickets of Williamson and Tom Latham in the same over. Mitchell's valiant effort wasn't enough to secure victory, leading to India's eventual triumph. Shami (7/57) broke the entire batting order of the Kiwis and made them get all-out for 327 in 48.5 overs.
Looking ahead, tomorrow will see Australia facing South Africa in the second semifinal. The outcome will determine which team will meet India in the final on November 19.
India: 397/4 (50 overs)
New Zealand: 327/10 (48.5 overs)