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Indian batters pummel New Zealand in first World Cup semi-final

By News Desk

November 15, 2023 01:10 PM


Rohit Sharma in action.

India’s mighty batting line rose to the occasion on Wednesday in the World Cup’s first semi-final against New Zealand and amassed 215 runs by losing only one wicket 30 overs in Mumbai.

Batting first, captain Rohit Sharma played a whirlwind innings of 47 runs before he got out. Then Shubnam Gill hit 79 but he luckily went out retired hurt.

Seasoned campaigner Virat Kohli is on the crease at 69 while Iyer has scored 20 runs so far.

Earlier, Indian captain Rohit Sharma led from the front with a blistering 47 in the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Rohit, who won the toss at his Wankhede Stadium home ground, struck four fours and four sixes in just 29 balls.

But the 36-year-old, who has scored over 500 runs in the tournament, fell in sight of fifty when he skyed a drive off a Tim Southee cutter and was well caught by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, running back at mid-off.

Rohit's exit left India 71-1 in the ninth over.

Earlier, India won the toss and opted to bat first in the first semi-final of 2023 World Cricket Cup being played in Indian city of Mumbai.

Both sides fielded unchanged teams which played their last round matches.

Speaking after winning the toss, Indian captain Rohit Sharma said “Looks like a good pitch and on the slower side as well. I think it was way back in 2019 when we played that semi-final. New Zealand has been one of the most consistent teams over the years and it will be a good contest. I think it's a very important day...but you've to turn up on that particular day.”

Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson said: “We would have had a bat first as well. Obviously, a used surface and hopefully some dew in the evening. Looking forward to the challenge ahead. It should be a good game. Both teams have seen a variety of conditions and it's knockout cricket really.”

India captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat against New Zealand in the first World Cup semi-final at his Wankhede Stadium home ground in Mumbai on Wednesday with sporting royalty in the shape of Sachin Tendulkar and David Beckham looking on.

Three of the four previous tournament games at the Wankhede have been won by the team batting first, with the exception Australia's stunning defeat of Afghanistan, where Glenn Maxwell's remarkable 201 not out secured a three-wicket victory.

Both unbeaten tournament hosts India and New Zealand were unchanged.

"It looks like a good pitch, on the slower side as well but whatever we do, we know we've got to do that well," said opening batsman Rohit at the toss.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson added: "We would've had a bat first as well. It's obviously a used surface but we'll try to make use of it with the ball first up and hopefully there's some dew later."

Before the game got underway, India cricket icon Tendulkar and former England football captain Beckham paraded the World Cup trophy.

Beckham is in the country as an ambassador for UNICEF, a role also performed by Tendulkar.

India's Virat Kohli needs one more century to set an outright new one-day international record of 50 hundreds after he drew level with retired former team-mate Sachin Tendulkar's mark of 49 against South Africa.

India won all nine of their pool matches, but were pushed hard by New Zealand during a four-wicket success in Dharamsala last month.

New Zealand, by contrast, lost four games before qualifying for the knockout stages.

Four years ago, the Black Caps defeated India in a World Cup semi-final in Manchester that spanned two days because of rain.

"It was way back in 2019 that we played that semi-final, New Zealand have been one of the most consistent team over the years and it's going to be a good contest," said Rohit.

"I've been constantly talking about how important it is to turn up on the day and forget what has happened in the past. We have to control the controllables."

India are bidding for a third one-day international World Cup title to add to their 1983 triumph in England and 2011 victory over Sri Lanka in a Wankhede final.

New Zealand, the finalists at the last two World Cups, have yet to lift the trophy.

Wednesday's winners will face either five-time champions Australia or South Africa, who meet in Thursday's second semi-final in Kolkata, in an Ahmedabad final on Sunday.

Teams

India: Rohit Sharma (capt), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wkt), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj

New Zealand: Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Kane Williamson (capt), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (wkt), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

Umpires: Richard Illingworth (ENG) and Rod Tucker (AUS)

TV Umpire: Joel Wilson (WIS)

Match Referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM)


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