India Triumphs Over New Zealand in ICC World Cup 2023 Semis.
Kohli’s Milestone Century Powers India to Dominant Total.
Wankhede Roars as India Seals Final Berth.
In a high-stakes encounter at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India shattered the “New Zealand Jinx” with a spectacular 70-run triumph over the Black Caps in the ICC World Cup 2023 first semi-final on Wednesday.
Shami’s Magnificent Spell:
Mohammad Shami emerged as the hero of the match, wreaking havoc with a remarkable seven-wicket haul that dismantled the resilient New Zealand batting lineup. Shami’s early strikes, dismissing both openers in his first two overs, set the tone for India’s dominance.
Williamson-Mitchell Stand Broken:
Despite a formidable 184-run partnership between Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell, Shami’s crucial breakthroughs, including the dismissal of Williamson after a dropped catch, swung the game back in India’s favor. Mitchell’s valiant knock of 134 off 119 balls was not enough as New Zealand succumbed to 327 all-out.
Blazing Start for India:
Opting to bat first, India got off to a powerful start, fueled by Rohit Sharma’s explosive innings of 47 off 29 deliveries in the powerplay. Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli continued the assault, laying the foundation for a massive total.
Kohli’s Historic Century:
Virat Kohli, in a monumental moment, not only anchored the innings with a masterful 117 off 113 balls but also etched his name in history by securing his 50th ODI century, surpassing the legendary Sachin Tendulkar for the most centuries in 50-over cricket.
Iyer’s Successive Ton and Rahul’s Blitz:
Shreyas Iyer, in scintillating form, contributed a blistering 105 off 70 balls, marking his second consecutive century in the World Cup. KL Rahul’s rapid knock of 39 off 29 ensured India reached an imposing total of 397 within the allotted overs.
Road to the Final:
With this resounding victory, India advances to the ICC World Cup 2023 final and will face the winner of the second semi-final between South Africa and Australia on November 19 in Ahmedabad. The Blues’ formidable display has ignited hopes of lifting the coveted trophy once again.
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