World Cup 2023, 1st Semi-Final: Shami Takes 7 As India Beat New Zealand By 70 Runs To Qualify For WC Final
Mumbai: In a thrilling semifinal clash at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, India secured their spot in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 final, defeating New Zealand by a convincing 70 runs. Led by Virat Kohli with the bat and an inspired bowling display from Mohammed Shami, India defended their formidable total of 398.
India’s innings showcased a masterclass from Kohli, who notched up his 50th ODI century, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s record. Captain Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill made valuable contributions, with Gill overcoming cramps to finish unbeaten on 80. Another standout performer was Shreyas Iyer, whose explosive 105 off 70, featuring eight sixes, added to New Zealand’s woes.
In pursuit of the daunting target, New Zealand faced early setbacks, losing openers Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra to Shami’s precision bowling. Despite a resilient partnership between Daryl Mitchell and captain Kane Williamson, India’s massive total proved insurmountable. Shami, who claimed six crucial wickets, including the key dismissal of Williamson, played a pivotal role.
The match witnessed tense moments as Mitchell fought back with a blistering century, but India’s lead proved unassailable. Tim Southee’s all-round effort, with a century and three wickets, couldn’t salvage New Zealand’s chances.
The win propels India into the World Cup final, where they will face their destiny on Sunday at Ahmedabad.