Team India becomes the first team to reach the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. The team continued its dominance in the tournament as the Men in Blue successfully took revenge for the defeat they faced in the 2019 World Cup against New Zealand as they defeated the Kiwis with a huge margin of 70 runs. Rohit Sharma, the captain of the Indian Cricket team will not meet the winner of the 2nd semi-final at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on 19th November of the final match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.
Here are the details of quick updates of the match.
India’s star players, Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer hit their respective centuries to put a score of 397/4 in the end. Rohit Sharma, Shubhman Gill, and KL Rahul also contributed significantly. New Zealand fought back hard with the bar, showing fighting spirit, but Mohammed Shami’s exceptional 7-wicket haul disrupted their batting dismantling important partnerships.
Team India’s Innings
Rohit Sharma aggressively led India’s charge against New Zealand and started on a good note but fell short of his 50, sharing insights with Virat Kohli, and the Indian pacer used it well to punish New Zealand bowlers. Shubhman Gill impressed with a half-century but faced discomfort due to cramps, prompting Rohit Sharma to send him off to avoid risking his wicket. Stepping in confidently after his previous century, Shreyas Iyer continued his aggressive play.
The partnership between Kohli (117) and Iyer (105) was exceptional, with both slamming centuries. Kohli's innings made history, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar's record with 50 ODI centuries. KL Rahul (39*) and Shubman Gill (80*) ensured India concluded strongly, reaching 397/4 in 50 overs.
Team New Zealand’s Innings
Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra started well against India and got some boundaries in the early overs of Jasprit Bumrag and Mohammed Siraj. Rohit Sharma altered the bowling, introducing Mohammed Shami, who swiftly dismissed Conway (13) on his first ball. Shami struck again, removing Ravindra (13).
India faced a challenging phase when Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell formed a formidable 181-run partnership. Despite India's bowlers seeking breakthroughs, New Zealand's aggressive batting reduced India's strong total. Shami's return scalped two crucial wickets, dismissing Williamson (69) and Latham (0). Glenn Phillips contributed with boundaries, but Jasprit Bumrah halted his momentum. While spinners struggled, Kuldeep Yadav found success in dismissing Mark Chapman (2).
Daryl Mitchell (134) kept New Zealand's hopes alive with boundaries, but a fantastic delivery by Shami ended his resilient stand. Quick wickets followed, Shami finishing with a remarkable 7-wicket haul, denting New Zealand's batting lineup.
Team India is now all set to face the winner of the second semi-finals which is to be played between South Africa and Australia at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, in the finals.