In the World Cup semi-final at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, India triumphed over New Zealand, ending the long-standing “New Zealand Jinx” with a convincing 70-run victory.
Their victory sets them up for a clash against the winner of the second World Cup semi-final between South Africa and Australia, slated for November 19 in Ahmedabad.
Mohammad Shami’s remarkable performance has been a highlight of India’s World Cup campaign. His seven-wicket haul today played a crucial role in breaking the pivotal partnership that seemed to edge New Zealand closer to victory.
India commenced their defense of a hefty 398-run target impressively, with Shami making an impact by dismissing both openers within his initial two overs.
Despite strong resistance from New Zealand’s skipper Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell, forming a formidable 184-run partnership, Shami’s delivery in the 33rd over dismissed Williamson, shifting the game’s momentum.
Mitchell’s valiant 134 off 119 deliveries, comprising nine fours and seven sixes, stood as the top score for the Kiwis.
India’s batting, led by Rohit Sharma’s aggressive start with 47 off 29 balls, set the tone early on. Shubman Gill capitalized on this foundation, partnering with Virat Kohli, who was on his way to a century before departing due to cramps.
Kohli’s pivotal 117 off 113 balls marked his 50th ODI century, surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s record. Shreyas Iyer’s impactful 105 off 70 balls further strengthened India’s position.
With KL Rahul’s quickfire 39 off 29 balls adding to the total, India ultimately set a commanding score of 397 runs in their allotted overs at Wankhede Stadium.