The group-round matches in the World Cup have ended and the first semi-final is being played on Wednesday (November 15). In this match, host India faces the challenge of New Zealand. Both the teams will once again face each other in this round after four years. Last time in 2019, the Kiwi team had broken the dreams of crores of Indians and made it to the finals. Team India will come to avenge that defeat.
Shreyas Iyer has completed his century in 67 balls. He has played a century for the second consecutive match and has taken Team India to a big score. India's score is 366/2 after 48 overs.
India's second wicket has fallen at 327 runs. Virat Kohli is out after scoring 117 runs in 113 balls. He hit nine fours and two sixes in his innings. Due to his brilliant innings, India has a chance to score 400 runs. Now Lokesh Rahul is at the crease with Shreyas Iyer. Both of them would like to score runs in a stormy manner in the last overs.
Virat Kohli has completed his 50th century in ODIs. With this he broke the record of Sachin Tendulkar. India's score has crossed 300 runs. Now Kohli and Shreyas would like to bat stormily and take India's score beyond 400 runs.
India's score has crossed 250 runs with the loss of one wicket. There has also been a century partnership between Virat and Shreyas. Whereas, Shreyas Iyer has completed his half-century. Virat Kohli is close to his century. Now India's eyes are on achieving the target of 400 runs.
India's score has crossed 200 runs with the loss of one wicket. There has been a great partnership between Virat Kohli and Shreyas. Both are scoring runs at a good pace and India is moving towards a big score.
Virat Kohli has completed his half-century in 59 balls. Due to his brilliant innings, Team India is moving towards a big score. Became the player who scored the most 50+ scores in international cricket.
Shubhman Gill has returned to the pavilion after scoring 79 runs in 65 balls. However, he is not out. Due to the heat of Mumbai he faced problems and had to go back. Now he can come to bat again when the wicket falls. Currently Shreyas Iyer and Virat Kohli are at the crease. India's score is 173/1 after 24 overs.
India's score has crossed 150 runs with the loss of one wicket. Shubman Gill is now scoring runs at a fast pace and is moving towards his century. There is a good partnership between Kohli and Gill. India's score after 21 overs is 153/1.
There has been a half-century partnership between Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli. Both the batsmen are scoring runs at a good pace. Gill is playing after completing his half-century. At the same time, Kohli is also getting closer to his half-century.
Shubman Gill has completed his half-century in 41 balls. This is his 13th half-century in ODI cricket. Due to his brilliant innings, Team India is moving towards a good score. India's score after 15 overs is 118/1.
India's first wicket has fallen on 71 runs. Captain Rohit Sharma is out after scoring 47 runs in 29 balls. While trying to hit a six off Tim Southee's ball, he was caught by Kane Williamson. It was a very difficult catch, but Williamson took a brilliant catch. Now Virat Kohli is at the crease with Shubman Gill. India's score is 75/1 after nine overs.
Rohit Sharma has hit three sixes in this match and he has become the first batsman to hit 50 sixes in the World Cup. He is also the player who has hit the most sixes in the World Cup. He broke Chris Gayle's record. He has become the batsman to hit the most sixes in a single edition of the World Cup, with 28 sixes. In this matter too, he left behind Chris Gayle, who had hit 26 sixes in the 2015 World Cup.
India's batting has started. The opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill is at the crease. Trent Boult bowled the first over for New Zealand. Rohit Sharma has once again started aggressively. He hit two fours on Boult in the very first over. After one over, India's score is 10/0.
India has scored 18 runs in two overs without losing any wicket. Both Rohit and Gill are scoring runs at a fast pace and both the batsmen have hit two fours each. Team India is playing in its familiar style and is once again on the way to score big in the powerplay.
New Zealand Confirmed Playing11: 1- Devon Conway, 2- Rachin Ravindra, 3- Kane Williamson(c), 4- Daryl Mitchell, 5- Mark Chapman, 6- Glenn Phillips, 7- Tom Latham(w), 8- Mitchell Santner, 9- Tim Southee, 10- Lockie Ferguson, 11- Trent Boult
India Confirmed Playing11: 1- Rohit Sharma(c), 2- Shubman Gill, 3- Virat Kohli, 4- Shreyas Iyer, 5- KL Rahul(w), 6- Suryakumar Yadav, 7- Ravindra Jadeja, 8- Mohammed Shami, 9- Jasprit Bumrah, 10- Kuldeep Yadav, 11- Mohammed Siraj
India won the toss and decided to bat first. Rohit has not made any changes in the playing-11. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has also not made any changes in his team.
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Rod Tucker and Richard Illingworth will be the on-field umpires in the first semi-final between India and New Zealand, while Nitin Menon and Richard Kettlebrough will play the role in the second final four match between Australia and South Africa.
A big controversy started before the match in Mumbai. Foreign media has started creating hue and cry regarding the pitch of Wankhede Stadium. He has accused BCCI of bias. He says that BCCI has made the pitch of its choice, so that Team India can benefit. Semi-final or final matches should always be played on a new pitch. However, ICC has not mentioned this anywhere in its rules. This tournament is being organized by ICC and its pitch curators are its own. There is no such rule anywhere that a new pitch should be used for the semi-finals or final.