Thanks to Mohammed Shami's seven wickets, India reached the final after 12 years by defeating New Zealand by 70 runs in the World Cup semi-finals. India scored a record 397 runs in the semi-finals. In reply, the entire New Zealand team was out for 327 runs. This is also India's 10th consecutive victory in this World Cup.
Mohammed Shami took the maximum of seven wickets for India while Darrell Mitchell made the highest score in New Zealand's innings. He scored 134 runs in 119 balls. Whereas captain Kane Williamson scored 69 runs and Glenn Phillip scored 41 runs.
During New Zealand's innings, captain Kane Williamson made a partnership of 181 runs with Darrell Mitchell. During this, Darrell Mitchell completed his century in only 85 balls. This is Mitchell's second century in this World Cup. He scored his first century of this World Cup against India. When both these batsmen were on the pitch, it seemed that if they stayed on the pitch for some more time, the match could go out of India's grip.
Ultimately Shami broke this pair in the 33rd over of the match. He gave a big success to India by dismissing Kiwi captain Kane Williamson. In the same over, Shami sent Tom Latham back to the pavilion and once again breathed new life into the Indian team and fans.
However, after this, Glenn Phillips and Darrell Mitchell once again tried their best to turn the match towards New Zealand by making a partnership of 75 runs for the fifth wicket. This pair was broken by Jasprit Bumrah in the 43rd over of the match.
New Zealand started its batting in a composed manner but in the sixth over, its opener Devon Conway was dismissed by Mohammed Shami. After just two overs, Shami also sent the second opener Rachin Ravindra back to the pavilion.
For India, Mohammed Shami took seven wickets while Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav took one wicket each. Mohammed Shami took the wickets of all the top order batsmen Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Kane Williamson, Darrell Mitchell, Tom Latham.
Earlier, India had set a record target of 397 runs against New Zealand to reach the final of the World Cup. This is also a world record for the highest score by any team in the World Cup semi-finals.
In the 2015 World Cup, Australia had set a record score of 328 runs in the semi-finals played in Sydney. In that semi-final, the Australian team was facing the Indian team.
However, in today's Indian innings, Virat Kohli scored his 50th century in ODI and Shreyas Iyer also played a century. Whereas captain Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill scored excellent half-centuries.
The Indian team, which won the toss and decided to bat first, looked different in this match. Rohit Sharma batted explosively in his familiar style and added 71 runs for the first wicket with Shubman Gill.
Rohit Sharma scored 47 runs in only 29 balls. During this innings, Rohit hit four fours and as many sixes. With this, he made the record of hitting the maximum number of 50 sixes in the World Cup.
After this, Virat Kohli, who came on the pitch, first added 93 runs with Shubman Gill and then made a partnership of 163 runs with Shreyas Iyer. During this, Shubman Gill completed his half-century but in the 23rd over of the match, he had to return to the pavilion due to injury due to muscle strain. By then Gill had scored 79 runs on 65 balls.
In the Indian innings, Virat Kohli scored his 50th century in ODI. With this, he took Sachin Tendulkar's record of 49 centuries in ODI cricket. When Virat Kohli broke Sachin Tendulkar's record, Sachin Tendulkar himself was also present in the stadium.
During this time, he also broke Sachin Tendulkar's record of scoring most runs in a single ODI World Cup. Sachin had scored 673 runs in the 2003 World Cup. Now Virat has 711 runs in his name in this World Cup. Virat scored 117 runs in 113 balls in this innings. After Virat, Shreyas Iyer also completed his century. He played an innings of 105 runs in only 70 balls.
While KL Rahul scored unbeaten 39 runs in 20 balls, Suryakumar Yadav was out after scoring only 1 run.
When Suryakumar Yadav was out in the last over, Shubman Gill came on the pitch and added one run to his score of 79. Gill remained unbeaten till the end after scoring 80 runs. With this, India set a huge target of 398 runs for victory against New Zealand. For New Zealand, Tim Southee took three wickets while Trent Boult got one wicket.