Team India secured their spot for the ICC World Cup 2023 finals under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma. Mohammed Shami’s career-best performance steered India to a thrilling win against New Zealand by 70 runs. Many exhilarating moments were experienced during the IND vs NZ CWC 2023 semi-final.
When asked if the IND vs NZ CWC 2023 semi-final match was a revenge or repeat moment, here is the intriguing answer for all cricket fans.
At one stage, the New Zealand Batsmen were proving to be a threat to the Indian bowlers, by aiming to repeat the heart-breaking moments for Indian fans of the CWC 2019 semi-finals.
Ultimately, it has been a revenge moment from India’s perspective for the CWC 2019 semi-final loss. Furthermore, the best performances of these 5 Indian players during the IND vs NZ CWC 2023 semi-final match will be discussed in detail:
- Virat Kohli
- Shreyas Iyer
- Shubman Gill
- Rohit Sharma
- Mohammed Shami
ND vs NZ CWC 2023 semi-final Riveting Highlights: The Toughest Battle for the Finals
Indian skipper Rohit Sharma won the crucial toss and decided to bat first at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
Both the teams followed with the same playing XI similar to their previous matches.
INDIA BATTING: IND vs NZ CWC 2023 semi-final
1. Explosive Start by Rohit Sharma:
The IND vs NZ CWC 2023 semi-final match started with 10 runs coming from the first over. Indian skipper Rohit Sharma, as usual, started his innings explosively during the crucial match.
Rohit Sharma, along with Shubman Gill maintained an opening partnership of 71 runs in just 50 balls. This was a crucial partnership to avoid a repeat of the ICC World Cup 2019 semi-finals.
The Hitman with a total of 50 sixes, achieves the record for most sixes in World Cups by an individual batsman. Additionally, Rohit Sharma with his power-hitting shots smashes 27 sixes in a single World Cup edition. This is the highest by any batsman in a single World Cup.
Rohit Sharma was finally dismissed by Tim Southee after playing a compassionate innings of 47 runs from just 29 balls ( including 4 fours and 4 sixes)
2. Shubman Gill’s brilliant Half-century:
After the dismissal of the Indian skipper, Shubman Gill played a crucial role in stabilizing the 1st innings of the IND vs NZ CWC 2023 semi-final. Gill achieved his half-century by scoring 80 runs from 66 balls (including 8 fours and 3 sixes).
After maintaining a steady 93-run partnership with Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill at 79, was forced to retire hurt due to leg cramps.
Shubman Gill finally arrived at the completing over and scored just 1 run from 1 ball. Finally, Gill remained not out after recovering from the severe cramps on his left leg.
3. Virat Kohli’s 50th ODI Hundred:
Virat Kohli not only scores his first century in World Cup knockouts but also achieves his 50th ODI Hundred in a crucial match. King Kohli’s 50th ODI century
Finally, Tim Southee was again able to grab the crucial wicket of Virat Kohli at 327-2 in 43.6 overs. Though Virat Kohli was dismissed by 117 runs from 113 balls (including 9 fours and 2 sixes), it was too late for the Blackcaps, as the match was completely out of their control.
Virat Kohli became the highest run scorer of this World Cup with 713 runs in 10 innings. This surpasses the achievement of Sachin Tendulkar’s 673 runs in World Cup 2003.
Moreover, Virat Kohli is the leading batsman to achieve the most centuries in an ODI career.
4. Shreyas Iyer’s destructive century:
Consecutively, Shreyas Iyer scores his 2nd century of this World Cup. Shreyas Iyer along with Virat Kohli held a 163 runs partnership from just 128 balls to enhance India’s total score.
Ultimately, Shreyas Iyer scored the 3rd fastest century for India in World Cups. Shreyas Iyer was dismissed by Trent Boult after scoring a monstrous 105 runs from just 70 balls ( including 4 fours and 8 sixes).
5. KL Rahul’s special cameo:
KL Rahul’s quickfire 39 runs from 20 balls (including 5 fours and 2 sixes), additionally added 110 runs of the last 10 overs.
Finally, India scored 397-4 in 50 overs by setting a huge target against the Black Caps in the crucial knockouts.
NEW ZEALAND BATTING: IND vs NZ CWC 2023 semi-final
1. Collapse of the Opening Batsmen:
Mohammed Shami instantaneously grabbed the wickets of the New Zealand opening batsmen. Devon Conway’s (13 runs from 15 balls- including 3 fours) at 30-1 in 5.1 overs and Rachin Ravindra’s ( 13 runs from 22 balls-including 3 fours) dismissal’s 39-2 in 7.4 overs, gave India a secure start.
2. Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell’s Terrifying Partnership:
The 181-run partnership between Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell was a threatening factor for India to qualify for the finals.
Moreover, Kane Williamson’s dropped catch by Mohammed Shami at 52 runs, frightened India to a great extent.
This gave the freedom for both the batsmen to score maximum runs against the Indian bowling attack.
This partnership was proving to be a nightmare for Team India and a joyful moment for the New Zealand cricket team.
3. Daryl Mitchell’s terrific knock and partnership with Glenn Phillips:
Daryll Mitchell continued with his fierce performance after the dismissal of Kane Williamson. The New Zealand proved to be unstoppable with the 75-run partnership of Daryl Mitchell and Glenn Phillips.
Many Indian fans were silenced at the stadium after seeing the devastating performance of the New Zealand Batsmen.
Turning Point of IND vs NZ CWC 2023 semi-final: Mohammed Shami’s career-best performance
The IND vs NZ CWC 2023 match was proving to be in New Zealand’s favor between 10 to 40 overs of the 2nd innings.
Finally, Mohammed Shami grabbed the crucial wicket of New Zealand’s skipper Kane Williamson. During the 32nd over, Kane Williamson’s knock of 69 runs from 73 balls( including 9 fours and 1 six), was ended after taking a brilliant catch by Suryakumar Yadav at the boundaries.
Eventually, Daryl Mitchell’s destructive performance of 134 runs from 119 balls( including 9 fours and 7 sixes), was again ended by Mohammed Shami’s fierce bowling attack.
Mohammed Shami, after dropping a crucial catch, makes a comeback by creating a sensation. Shami achieved his career-best bowling figures of 57-7 in 9.5 overs.
Jasprit Bumrah supported Mohammed Shami by taking the crucial wicket of Glenn Phillips ( 41 runs from 33 balls- including 4 fours and 2 sixes).
Additionally, Kuldeep Yadav and Mohammed Siraj grabbed each wicket of the New Zealand batsmen. Overall, after the dismissal of Kane Williamson, Daryl Mitchell, and Glenn Phillips, the fresh batsmen on the crease struggled by scoring single-digit runs.
Ultimately, Mohammed Shami’s 7 important wickets include the most destructive batsmen for New Zealand at chasing the target of 399 during the IND vs NZ CWC 2023 semi-finals. This includes
- Devon Conway: At 30-1 in 5.1 overs
- Rachin Ravindra: At 39-2 in 7.4 overs
- Kane Williamson: At 220-3 in 32.2 overs
- Tom Latham: At 220-4 in 32.4 overs
- Daryl Mitchell: At 306-7 in 45.2 overs
- Tim Southee: At 321-9 in 42.2 overs
- Lockie Ferguson: At 327-10 in 48.5 overs.
Moreover, Ravindra Jadeja deserves special applause for taking 3 required catches during the crucial stages of the match such as
- Daryl Mitchell
- Glenn Phillips, and
- Mark Chapman
Concluding Facts about the IND vs NZ CWC 2023 semi-final:
Team India achieved a glorious victory under the leadership of Rohit Sharma to reach the World Cup finals after 12 years. Moreover, this is the 4th World Cup final for Team India.
The ICC World Cup 2023 finals will be played on 19th November 2023 (Sunday) at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.