Virat Kohli scored a record 50th one-day international hundred before Mohammed Shami claimed a sensational seven wickets as India secured a place in the World Cup final with a 70-run win over New Zealand in Mumbai on Wednesday. Kohli made 117, to surpass the record he shared with India. Sachin TendulkarAnd Shreyas Iyer a quick 105 in an impressive total of 397-4 which also included Shubman Gil80 is not released.
New Zealand had to break their own record for highest total when beating a second-placed team to win a World Cup semi-final – a DLS adjusted 299-6 against South Africa in Auckland in 2015.
But in-form pacer Shami then registered a career-best 7-57 as New Zealand, losing finalists in the last two World Cups, were dismissed for 327 despite Daryl Mitchell‘s 134, his highest score at this level.
India, who have won all 10 of their matches in the tournament so far to try to clinch a third World Cup title and a second at home, will now face either Australia or South Africa, who play on Thursday, in final on Sunday in Ahmedabad. .
First change Shami struck twice early on, taking a wicket with his first ball to leave New Zealand 39-2.
But the Black Caps had hopes of an improbable victory in a third-wicket partnership of 181 between captain Kane Williamson and Mitchell.
Shami, however, all but ended the chase with two wickets in three balls in the 33rd over.
Williamson fell for 69 when he sent Shami – who had dropped him on 52 – straight to Suryakumar Yadav per square foot deep.
And 220-3 became 220-4 when Shami got Tom Latham lbw for a duck.
Glenn Phillips (41) struck out while adding 75 with Mitchell.
Mitchell’s fine effort ended in similar fashion when he whipped Shami to Jadeja at deep mid-wicket before the Paceman ended the match when he had the last man. Lockie Ferguson taken behind.
Kohli’s innings saw him surpass the 49 hundred mark he shared with Tendulkar as his compatriot watched from the stands of the Wankhede Stadium in front of a crowd of 33,000 featuring football star David Beckham.
Kohli put on 163 with Iyer, who made 105 off just 70 balls, including four fours and eight sixes.
“It feels like a dream. Too good to be true,” Kohli said at the innings break.
Tendulkar praised Kohli’s “skill and passion”.
“I couldn’t be happier that an Indian broke my record,” Tendulkar, a teammate of Kohli when India beat Sri Lanka in the 2011 final at Wankhede, wrote on X, formerly Twitter.
There was early controversy on Wednesday following revelations that the match would be played on a used pitch rather than a new one.
Opener Rohit set the tone for the innings with a quickfire 47 before a parachute start Tim Southée was well caught by running back Williamson halfway through.
New Zealand thought they had new batsman Kohli for a second-ball duck, lbw to Southee, but their review revealed an inside edge.
Kohli completed a 59-ball fifty. Ferguson, a two-hit fast bowler, then took Kohli to his historic hundred, his third of the tournament, as chants of “Kohli, Kohli” echoed around the ground.
Kohli then faced 106 balls, hitting eight fours and a six in his 279th ODI innings. Tendulkar led the applause as Kohli bowed to his childhood hero.
Dropped on 107, Kohli was finally out when he pulled Southee down to deep square leg and the dynamic Iyer’s second hundred in a row ended after he holed out. Trent Boult.
Shami, who took his previous record of 5-18 under the lights at Wankhede when Sri Lanka were dismissed for just 55 in pool play, tasted immediate success on Wednesday.
Conway’s left-handed opener Rachin Ravindrathe star of the tournament with three hundreds in his first World Cup, was also caught by Shami for 13.
But then came the New Zealand rally with the mighty Mitchell completing an 85-ball century with eight fours and five well-struck sixes.
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