The Indian men’s cricket team defeated the formidable New Zealand side with 70 runs, cruising into the ICC World Cup final.
The Indian team, dubbed the “Men in Blue,” put on a superb show of cooperation and sportsmanship in all three areas of batting, bowling, and fielding to hold the Kiwis to 327. The Indian batting team set a target of 398 runs, which the New Zealand team was unable to chase after frequently losing all of their wickets.
After winning the toss, Indian captain Rohit Sharma decided to bat first. Rohit and his partner Shubhman Gill took full advantage of the pitch, destroying the Kiwi bowling and giving India a strong start. In an attempt to keep hitting sixes, Rohit scored 47 runs before being removed, but Kiwi captain Kane Williamson made a fantastic catch.
When Virat Kohli reached the 50-run mark in One-Day Internationals (ODIs), he scored an incredible 117 runs to put the team ahead and set a new world record for the most centuries ever. Virat beat the 49-ton world record held by Indian cricket great Sachin Tendulkar with this century. Alongside Virat, Shreyas Iyer struck fearlessly, hitting boundaries and sixes en route to scoring 105 runs off of just 70 deliveries.
The unbeaten duo of Rahul (39), and Shubhman Gill (80), lifted the score to an enormous 397.
Although they started out slowly but steadily, the Indian pacers Mohammed Shami and his seven wickets claimed proved to be too much for the New Zealand players. Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, and Muhammad Siraj each took one. Daryl Mitchell (134), Kane Williamson (69), and Glen Philips (41) were the Kiwi batsmen who put up a strong fight but were unable to overcome their opponents in the run chase.
The Indian cricket team advanced easily into the finals, which will take place on Sunday, November 19, at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, with this tenth straight victory.
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