India reached the final of the World Cup after defeating New Zealand. In the first semi-final of the ICC ODI World Cup, India defeated New Zealand by 70 runs and qualified for the final.
The match was played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, where Indian captain Rohit Sharma invited the Kiwis to the field.
India scored 397 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in the allotted 50 overs, with Virat Kohli scoring 117 and Shreyas Iyer scoring 105 runs.
Chasing a target of 398 runs, the New Zealand team was bowled out for 327 runs in the 49th over, with Daryl Mitchell scoring 134 runs.
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On behalf of India, Mohammad Shami took 7 wickets while bowling brilliantly.
It should be noted that India has qualified for the final of the ICC ODI World Cup for the fourth time, the Indian team has become the world champion twice.
Indian opener captain Rohit Sharma gave the team an aggressive start and returned to the pavilion scoring 47 runs off 29 balls. Virat Kohli played a brilliant innings of 117 runs off 113 balls while Shreyas Iyer was dismissed after playing an innings of 105 runs off 70 balls.
Apart from this, KL Rahul remained unbeaten with 39 runs while Surya Kumar Yadav scored one run. Tim Southee took 3 wickets and Trent Boult took 1 wicket for New Zealand. Kohli broke Tendulkar’s record for most centuries in ODI cricket.
In the semi-final against New Zealand, Virat Kohli broke Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 centuries in ODI cricket.
Kohli’s number of ODI centuries has reached 50. He crossed this milestone in the 291st ODI.
Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar had scored 49 centuries in 463 ODI matches.
New Zealand’s innings
In pursuit of India’s target of 398 runs, Daryl Mitchell played an innings of 134 runs but he too could not take his team to the final.
Kane Williamson scored 69 runs while Glenn Phillips was dismissed for 41 runs, Dion Conway and Rachin Ravindra scored 13 runs and 13 runs respectively.
Apart from this, Tim Southee 9, Mitchell Santner 8, and Lockie Ferguson scored 6 runs, Tom Latham got out for zero while Mark Chapman and Trent Boult scored 2 runs each.
Chasing the target, the entire New Zealand team was bowled out for 327 runs in 48.5 overs and thus India won the match by 70 runs and qualified for the final of the World Cup.
For India, Mohammad Shami took 7 wickets for 57 runs in 9.5 overs while Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, and Kuldeep Yadav took one wicket each.
Mohammad Shami was awarded Player of the Match for his brilliant bowling.
It should be noted that the second semi-final between Australia and South Africa will be played on Thursday i.e. tomorrow.
If the match is not possible even on the reserve day due to rain, South Africa will qualify for the final for the first time.