Daryl Mitchell’s valiant innings of 134 runs proved insufficient in the face of Shami’s lethal spell, as the Indian pacer spearheaded the home team’s formidable effort on the field. India’s unbeaten streak in the tournament remained intact, earning them a well-deserved spot in the final showdown scheduled for Sunday.
Virat Kohli’s remarkable 50th century and a scorching start by the Indian openers set the stage for a thrilling semifinal clash at the Wankhede Stadium, as India posted an imposing target of 398/4 against New Zealand in the ICC World Cup 2023.
In pursuit of the formidable target, New Zealand’s openers, Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra, launched a spirited offensive during the powerplay overs. However, Mohammad Shami proved to be the game-changer for India, dismissing Conway for 13 runs and later sending Ravindra back to the pavilion for the same score.
Despite the setbacks, Captain Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell led the Black Caps’ resurgence, reaching the 100-run mark in the 17th over with eight wickets in hand and a required run rate just shy of nine per over. Mitchell’s stellar campaign continued with a battling century, and Williamson contributed 69 runs to keep New Zealand’s hopes alive.
A formidable partnership of 181 runs for the third wicket between Mitchell and Williamson added intensity to the contest. However, Shami, in a sensational return, dismissed Williamson for 69 and later removed Tom Latham for a two-ball duck, taking his total wickets to four.
Ravindra Jadeja’s brilliant fielding efforts further tilted the game in India’s favour, grabbing crucial catches to dismiss Phillips (41) and Mark Chapman (2). The Black Caps found themselves six wickets down, requiring a miracle to stage a comeback.
Mitchell’s valiant 134-run innings came to an end with a hat-trick of catches by Jadeja, securing Shami’s five-for. Shami, who also became the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, sealed the victory for India by taking two more wickets in a final, ruthless effort.
This victory marks India’s return to the ODI World Cup final, the first time since their triumph in 2011. The team’s exceptional performance throughout the tournament has set the stage for an exciting and highly anticipated championship match.
Brief Scores: India: 397/4 (Virat Kohli 117, Shreyas Iyer 105, Tim Southee 3/100) vs New Zealand 327 (Daryl Mitchell 134, Kane Williamson 69; Mohammed Shami 7-57).