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Cricket World Cup 2023: India Reach Final After Virat Kohli’s Century

India beat New Zealand to reach final in Cricket World Cup

In Cricket World Cup Virat Kohli done his 50th century which help to his full team to reach final .

Star player Kohli surpassed the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s century record as India scored a massive 397-4. However, New Zealand tried a unfair thing .They tried to spoil the celebrate at the Wankhede Stadium.

Daryl Mitchell played amazingly in the match, scoring a century and partnering with captain Kane Williamson for 181 runs in 149 balls. This was the excited home crowd and gave New Zealand a chance for a surprising win.

For this India got tense when the Black Caps reached 220-2. In the 33rd over, Mohammed Shami removed Williamson for 69 and dismissed Tom Latham for a quick two-ball duck.

Though Glenn Phillips’ 41 from 33 balls keeping New Zealand in the game, he eventually got out, and Mitchell followed suit after a fantastic 134 runs, both falling to Shami.

Shami who is the fast bowler, finished with incredible figures of 7-57, the best for India in ODIs. New Zealand was bowled out for 327, falling short by 70 runs.

Before the thrilling conclusion, Kohli effortlessly scored 117 from 113 balls, and Shreyas Iyer made the fastest century of the game, reaching 105 in just 70 balls with eight sixes.

India, eager for their first World Cup title since 2011, will face either Australia or South Africa in Sunday’s final in Ahmedabad, promising an exciting spectacle.

Remember Day of Kohli

At the age of 34, when Kohli reached his hundred and 50h century, he went down on his knees and bowed to the executive boxes where was stand Tendulkar, his hero from his childhood, was watching. Tendulkar had played his last innings for India on the same ground exactly 10 years ago. Some things just seem destined.

Kohli began steadily, reaching fifty in 59 balls after captain Rohit Sharma set the stage with a quick 47 in 29 balls. Shubman Gill, despite a brief interruption due to a hamstring injury, contributed an impressive unbeaten 80 from 66 balls.

There was an lbw review on Kohli’s second ball, but the technology revealed a slight inside edge. The momentum changed with a beautiful aerial drive for four off Trent Boult, followed by a spectacular flicked six over mid-wicket.

Kohli faced a moment of concern at 91 when he experienced cramps in his hamstring. There were some nervous moments in the nineties, including a close run-out chance and a nearly mistimed drive, but Kohli couldn’t be denied his moment.

Although he was caught at deep square-leg later, he had already surpassed Tendulkar’s record for the most runs in a single World Cup, securing his third century in this tournament.

Reaction Of Rohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami & Kane Williamson

Rohit Sharma who is the captain of India, shared his thoughts after the match, saying, “I’ve played a lot of cricket here, and I know that on this ground, you can’t relax with any score. We expected pressure at some point, but we stayed calm and collected. Though some sloppiness in the field, we kept our composure. Daryl Mitchell and Kane Williamson batted brilliantly, but it was very tough for us to stay calm. We tried everything, and Mohammed Shami was exceptional.”

Kane Williamson who is the captain of New Zealand, congratulated India, stating, “Congratulations to India. They played exceptionally well, especially in this game. It’s a proud effort from our side to stay in the fight. It’s disappointing to exit in the knockout stages, but I’m incredibly proud of the effort our team put in over these seven weeks.”

Mohammed Shami, who was known the player of the match, expressed, “I was waiting for my chances as I haven’t played much white-ball cricket. In the last two World Cups, we lost in the semis. We didn’t want to let go of this one chance, and we did everything for it as possible as we do. Who knows when or if we’ll get another opportunity for well to final.

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