Mohammed Shami seven-57, Shreyas Iyer’s century, Virat Kohli, enjoyed individual brilliance and team cohesion as they beat New Zealand on Wednesday night in a thrilling World Cup quarter-final at the Wankhede Stadium And the 50th ODI century a brilliant combination helped India beat Kane Williamson’s team by 70 runs.
In 48.5 overs, New Zealand managed to bowl out India on 397 for four. Rohit Sharma’s team reversed the result of losing to the same opponent in the 2019 World Cup semi-final in Manchester. They will now move on to the final in Ahmedabad on November 19, where they will face the winner of the Australia-South Africa semi-final.
Rachin Ravindra and Devon Conway gave New Zealand a good start. However, Conway touched Mohammed Shami opener in favor of KL. Rahul makes a diving catch. With sharp and alert defence, skipper Williamson rounded Shami for four, then took advantage by nodding down Ravindra.
Williamson and Darryl Mitchell then put on a valiant 181-run third-wicket partnership. The latter, in any case, was beating Shameet by six. Williamson narrowly avoided injury when Rahul inadvertently hurt the stumps, and it was unclear whether the latter had imprisoned himself before Williamson’s direct throw provoked the stumps during the match
Then, Mohammed Shami dropped Williamson at No. 1. 52, but Mitchell was in outstanding form, beating Jasprit Bumrah to reach his century soon after. But Shami proved too strong for Williamson (69), who also claimed Tom Latham. Despite Mitchell’s impressive 134 (119b, 9×4, 7×6), the double was too much and New Zealand withered.
Rohit won the toss and elected to bat in the afternoon and immediately got things started. With 10 runs off the first over, Rohit smashed a four off Trent Boult to advance past midfield. Then, as Boult and Southee felt the Indian skipper’s batting heat, Rohit unleashed more drive-pulls. His teammate, Shubman Gill, stuck with Tim Southee.
A spinner named Mitchell Santner was sent into the stands, misjudging a shot against Southee and Rohit (47) was destined for a penalty while Williamson summoned skier nicety Gill changed gears, pushed seamers and danced to the spinner as a new man Kohli He gave his time.
But at the age of seventy-nine he returned to the tent with a pain holding his hips.
Kohli was running the pace when Shreyas took the lead. He lifted Ravindra to sixth, a feat he would repeat against Boult and Southey. Lockie Ferguson’s departure for four signaled that Kohli may have changed direction, and soon after Southey and Boult also found the perfect batsman.
Cheers of “Kohli, Kohli” echoed through the stadium as Kohli neared his 50th ODI century. The Ferguson pair opened the door for another record. Trying to score early in the final overs, Kohli (117, 113b, 9×4, 2×6), Shreyas (105, 70b, 4×4, 8×6), and Surya Kumar Yadav got their sale and found out that India finished all far beyond their opponents.
Shubman Gill (not out) 80 (66b, 8×4, 3×6), Rohit Sharma c Williamson b Southee 47 (29b, 4×4, 4×6) Conway b Southee c Virat Kohli 117 (113b, 9×4, 2×6), K.L. Rahul (not out) 39 (20b, 5×4, 2×6), Shreyas Iyer c Mitchell b Boult 105 (70b, 4×4, 8×6) The score after four wickets in fifty overs is 397. Suryakumar Yadav c Phillips b Southee 1 (2b); Extras (b-1, lb-1, w-6): 8.
FALL OF WICKETS
1-71-27 (Kohli, 43.6), 3-381 (Shreyas, 48.5), 4-382 (Suryakumar, 49.1), and 1-71 (Rohit, over 8.2).
NEW ZEALAND BOWLING
Ferguson 8-0-65-0, Bolt 10-0-86-1, Southey 10-0-100-3, Santner 10-1-51-0, Ravindra 7-0 -60-0 and Phillips won 5-0 – 33-0
Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra both ran 13 (15b, 3×4) and 13 (22b, 3×4) respectively with Rahul in opposition. Tom Latham LBW v Shami 0 (2b), Daryl Mitchell v Jadeja v Shami 134 (119b, 9×4, 7×6), and Kane Williamson v Suryakumar v Shami 69 (73b, 8×4, 1×6) Glen Phillips 41 (33b, 4×4, 2×6) , c Jadeja, off Bumrah Mitchell Santner c Rohit off Siraj 9 (10b), Trent Bolt (out) 2 (2b); Lockie Ferguson and Rahul and Shami 6 (3b, 1×6); Exceptions (b-4, lb-5, w-19, nb-1): 29; Total (in 48.5 overs): 327. Mark Chapman c Jadeja b Kuldeep 2 (5b); Mitchell Santner 9 (10b); Trent Bolt (unattached) 2 (2b); Mark Chapman c Rahul b Shami 6 (3b, 1×6).
FALL OF WICKETS
Conway (5.1), Ravindra (7.4), 3-220 (Williamson, 32.2), Latham (32.4), 5-295 (Phillips, 42.5), 6-298 (Chapman, 43.5), 7-306 (Mitchell, 45.2). . . . . , 8-319 (Santner, 47.5), 9-321 (Southey, 48.2).
Siraj 9-0-78-1, Mohammed Shami 9.5-0-57-7, Jadeja 10-0-63-0, Kuldeep 10-0-56-1, Bumrah 10-1-64-1.
India is a toss; Mohammed Shami is a pom.
India won by 70 runs.