Shami steers India to world cup final with 7-wicket haul

Virat Kohli made 50th ODI century, breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record of most ODI hundreds

Mumbai, Nov 15 (IANS) Mohammed Shami claimed his third five-wicket haul of the tournament in a brilliant 7-57 as India overcame a valiant century by Daryl Mitchell (134) to defeat New Zealand by 70 runs and storm into the final of the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023.

Shami, who came into the team after Hardik Pandya was injured and claimed 5-54 against New Zealand at Dharamsala and then picked 5-18 against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium here, struck when India needed the most as he bagged 7-57 in 9.5 overs.

After Virat Kohli (117) had struck a record-breaking 50th century and Shreyas Iyer blazed to a second successive ton to help India post a massive 397/4 in 40 overs, Shami came to India’s rescue as he inspired the team to fight back and restrict New Zealand to 327 all out in 48.5 overs to script a memorable triumph.

The final will be played in Ahmedabad on Sunday (November 19).

Providing vital breakthroughs when India needed the most, Shami prised out openers Devon Conway (13) and Rachin Ravindra (13) to give India a good start and then returned to dismiss Kane Williamson (69) and Tom Latham (0) in one brilliant over to pull India back into the game after the New Zealand skipper and Daryl Mitchell had raised 183 runs for the third-wicket partnership and were looking dangerous for India.

Shami, who bowled in five spells, sent back Mitchell, Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson in the final few overs to complete his best haul in ODIs.

India made early breakthroughs with Shami sending back both Devon Conway (13) and Rachin Ravindra (13) in a similar fashion, caught behind by KL Rahul as New Zealand slumped to 39/2 in the eighth over.

Conway was the first to go when he edged a delivery that moved in off the seam and Rahul took a blinder down the legside. Ravindra was done in by one that moved away a bit and kissed his bat on its way into Rahul’s gloves.

Williamson and Mitchell then rebuilt the New Zealand innings, negotiating the initial period with care and then going after the Indian spinners. New Zealand managed 46/2 in the first 10 overs.

Both completed their half-centuries in quick succession — Mitchell reaching his fifty off 49 balls, hitting five fours and two sixes while Williamson reached the milestone off 58 deliveries, hitting five boundaries and one maximum. They added 100 runs for the third wicket partnership off 87 balls.

Though Bumrah conceded two fours in his opening over he did trouble the batters with some incisive deliveries as the pitch offered plenty of swing and seam.

But it was Shami who provided India with the early breaks. With the spinners getting a good turn, there were a couple of close calls, an lbw appeal which went in favour of the batter as DRS decided to stick to the umpire’s call, a run-out chance gone begging as KL Rahul disturbed the stumps just before he landed into his gloves. However, New Zealand dominated the next 10 overs, scoring 78 runs without losing any wickets.

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