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Wankhede Stadium gears up for blockbuster as India faces New Zealand in World Cup semifinal

Virat also went past 673 runs as he broke Tendulkar’s record for most runs in an ODI World Cup during his side’s semifinal against New Zealand at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.

Our Web Desk Mumbai Published 14.11.23, 02:48 PM
India's Virat Kohli celebrates after reaching his 50th century, breaking Sachin Tendulkar's record of most number of ODI centuries

India's Virat Kohli celebrates after reaching his 50th century, breaking Sachin Tendulkar's record of most number of ODI centuries Reuters

  • Boult's final over sees Rahul hammer a massive six, a 104-meter low full toss over wide long-on. Rahul adds a boundary with a well-placed slice through third man. A good yorker earns Rahul a single. The Shreyas-Rahul partnership reaches 50 in just 27 balls. Shreyas, aiming for a big hit, falls caught at long-on. Suryakumar Yadav enters and starts with a single. India post 397/4 in 50 overs
  • Boult's final over sees Rahul hammer a massive six, a 104-meter low full toss over wide long-on. Rahul adds a boundary with a well-placed slice through third man. A good yorker earns Rahul a single. The Shreyas-Rahul partnership reaches 50 in just 27 balls. OUT! Shreyas, aiming for a big hit, falls caught at long-on. Suryakumar Yadav enters and starts with a single. India 382/3 in 49 overs
  • Southee in action, Shreyas unleashes a powerful six with a slower one over deep midwicket, reaching 99 off 66. A drive to long-on gets him consecutive hundreds in 67 deliveries. Rahul contributes with singles and a couple to end the over. India 366/2 in 48 overs
  • CENTURY for Shreyas Iyer in just 67 deliveries! What an innings!
  • Boult's ninth over begins, Shreyas takes a single. Rahul enters with a classy cut for four. A brilliant yorker follows, narrowly missing Rahul's bat. An attempted reverse-scoop sees no connection, and he's beaten on a slower short delivery. India 354/2 in 47 overs
  • Southee in action, Rahul singles to give Shreyas the strike. Shreyas, on 90, drives down for one. Rahul, aggressive, thumps a boundary on the leg-side. Conway shows commitment, hurting his knee but signals readiness to continue. Three dot balls to end the over. Rahul is hurt off the last one as a slower one hits him on the body. India 347/2 in 46 overs
  • KL Rahul joins, Ravindra in action. Shreyas, in a punishing mood, dispatches one down the ground for a colossal 93m six. Ravindra tries to evade Shreyas' hitting arc but concedes another six, soaring out of the ground. Explosive from Shreyas! India 341/2 in 45 overs
  • Southee returns, Shreyas takes a quick double. A lifeline for Kohli, as Phillips drops a catch. Kohli, undeterred, responds with a commanding six over deep square-leg. However, he falls next, ending a magnificent innings. Virat Kohli departs for 117 of 113 deliveries. India 327/2 in 44 overs
  • Ravindra opens with a wide outside off. Shreyas responds with a powerful six down the ground. The wide delivery again punished, showcasing a formidable 150-run partnership. Kohli and Shreyas poised for an aggressive phase. India 314/1 in 43 overs
  • Ferguson returns, just two singles initially. Kohli, aiming to whip, inside edges for one. Shreyas adds another with a pull. Kohli's milestone: a 50th ODI century, surpassing Tendulkar's record. Two more, a four to midwicket, concludes the over. Majestic innings!
  • Ferguson introduces short deliveries, yielding singles. Shreyas showcases finesse, threading the gap between mid-on and midwicket for a boundary. Kohli, with a quick jab to mid-on, reaches 95 amid resounding stadium chants. India 287/1 in 40 overs
  • Santner completes his spell. Kohli, on 93, takes a single to deep cover. The over concludes with three dots. Kohli appears cautious, narrowly avoiding a mishap with a sliced shot. India 277/1 in 39 overs
  • Kohli is grappling with cramps, evident as his right thigh is taped, signaling physical strain. Meanwhile, Gill is seen walking in the dressing room. A notable moment in the latter stages of the match.
  • Boult, around the wicket, delivers a full one into Kohli's pads, an unsuccessful appeal follows. The final short ball is pulled by Kohli to deep fine-leg for a single. India 275/1 in 38 overs
  • 50 for Shreyas Iyer! Santner in action, Kohli and Shreyas collect singles with ease. Shreyas achieves a 35-ball fifty, his fourth consecutive in the tournament. Five singles accumulate in the over. Steady progress. India 270/1 in 37 overs
  • Boult's return, Kohli pulls emphatically for a boundary. Shreyas, in a stand-and-deliver mode, smashes a length ball for a six. Boult errs with a full one, drilled for four. Exciting over concludes with two singles. India 265/1 in 36 overs
  • Santner comes back. A maiden over from him. India 248/1 in 35 overs
  • Phillips' over sees singles for Kohli, breaking Tendulkar's record for most runs in a World Cup edition. Shreyas adds another single. Excitement peaks as Shreyas elevates one over long-on for a thrilling six. India 248/1 in 34 overs
  • RECORD ALERT! Kohli surpasses Tendulkar as the highest run-scorer in a ODI World Cup. The chase for a historic 50th ODI century is on. An opportunity to etch another milestone in cricket history beckons.
  • Southee back in action. Shreyas singles to deep midwicket. Kohli, strategic with a punch to long-on for one. Shreyas, in his zone, heaves a maximum over wide long-on. Exciting over! India 238/1 in 33 overs
  • Phillips returns, Shreyas singles to long-on. Kohli capitalizes on a delivery sliding on the pads, flicks for a boundary. Strategic play, two dots follow. A final dot concludes the over. India 226/1 in 32 overs
  • Boult from round the wicket to Shreyas, punched for a single. Kohli smartly dabs a short one to the third-man fence for four. Varied deliveries, singles follow. Drinks break. India 221/1 in 31 overs
  • Southee introduced, Kohli dances down, dispatches a maximum over wide long-on. A single follows. Shreyas adds one with a backfoot punch through covers. Quick singles close the over. Entertaining cricket as India reach 214/1 in 30 overs
  • Boult's return sees Kohli stepping out, elegantly lifting the first ball over mid-off for a boundary, bringing up India's 200 in 28.1 overs. Six runs gathered in the over. Kohli's finesse on display. India 203/1 in 29 overs
  • Ferguson keeps it tight, conceding just three runs in the over. Kohli wraps it up with a graceful whip off his pads for a single at deep square-leg. Ferguson's control evident. India 197/1 in 28 overs
  • Shreyas displays power and finesse, smashing Ravindra for a six and a four in consecutive balls. Kohli, with a single, notches up his first fifty in World Cup knockouts. Dynamic batting! India 194/1 in 27 overs
  • Just three runs from his Ferguson over as the pacer finally finds seems to have found his rhythm. India 181/1 in 26 overs
  • Ravindra begins with a dot to Kohli, who singles next. Iyer adds one with a well-timed shot. An overthrow grants an extra run. Efficient singles accumulating for India. Score reach 178/1 in 25 overs
  • Ferguson's 24th over sees three singles. A wayward short delivery on the leg side allows Kohli to guide it past the keeper for a much-needed boundary. Kohli asserting control. India 173/1 in 24 overs
  • Gill is forced to retire hurt. Shreyas Iyer replaces him out in the middle. India 165/1 in 23 overs
  • Santner errs with a short delivery, Kohli capitalizes with a smooth pull beyond mid-wicket for a boundary. Gill is down with cramps and the Indian physio rushes out. Excitement and concern in tandem
  • Gill faces Phillips, contributing to a quiet over with just four singles. India 157/1 in 22 overs
  • Santner's sixth over sees Gill taking a single. Rohit Sharma engages in a lengthy conversation with Ashwin in the dressing room. Three singles in the over. Intriguing developments. India at 153/1 in 21 overs
  • Phillips delivers a full one on off, Gill anticipates well, launching it over long-off for a commanding six. Two additional singles in the over, as Gill continues to dominate. India 150/1 in 20 overs
  • Santner's fifth over opens with two dots to Gill, who breaks the streak with a cut for a single. Kohli pushes to long-on, two more singles conclude the over for India. Steady progress. India 142/1 in 19 overs
  • Glenn Phillips introduced, Gill and Kohli exchange singles. A delivery on the pads, Kohli clips for a couple. Six runs collected in the over as the Indian batsmen continue to rotate strike. India 138/1 in 18 overs
  • Santner's fourth over sees Gill dancing down, smashing a full delivery straight for a confident six. Adjusting to the shortened length, Gill slices one behind point for a boundary. India 132/1 in 17 overs
  • Another over for Rachin Ravindra. Kohli initiates with a single to deep cover. Gill takes strike, three consecutive dots from Ravindra. Kohli manages a single off the last ball, ensuring he retains the strike. Tactical play. India 121/1 in 16 overs
  • Spin duo in action as Santner operates around the wicket. Four singles in a disciplined over. Drinks are called. Santner showcasing control, enticing a patient battle with the batsmen. India 118/1 in 15 overs and Its time for DRINKS!
  • RECORD ALERT: Virat Kohli hits 600 Runs in World Cup 2023, third Indian batter to record feat
  • Half-century for Shubman Gill! A great knock from the Indian opener as he completes his 50 in 41 balls. Full from Rachin and Kohli drives it on the up. FOUR! India 114/1 in 14 overs
  • Ferguson continues. Persists with the shorter length, Gill responds with his trademark short-arm jab for four. Improving timing, Gill repeats the shot with greater purpose for a powerful six. Two singles follow. Gill's dominance continues. India 104/1 in 13 overs
  • Santner brought back into the attack. Impresses with four dots, showcasing control and variation. Gill breaks the streak, capitalizing on a full delivery with a sweeping couple. Santner's crafty left-arm spin on display. India 92/1 in 12 overs
  • Southee continues. Challenges Gill with good length deliveries, both defended. On the pads, Gill flicks uppishly for a boundary. Southee strays down the leg side, concedes just a single. Gill continues impressively. India 89/1 in 11 overs
  • Ferguson loses his line, Gill capitalizes with a guided four behind square on the leg side. Another short delivery, Gill unleashes the pull shot for four more. Gill on fire! India 84/1 in 10 overs
  • Virat Kohli walks in, survives an LBW scare as Southee appeals. Umpire unmoved, but Williamson reviews. Inside edge detected, Kohli's escape turns into a fortuitous four. India 75/1 in 9 overs
  • OUT! Southee strikes with a cunning slow fuller ball, inducing a mistimed shot from Rohit. An edged catch brilliantly taken by Williamson at mid-off. End of Rohit's spectacular innings, 47 runs. Rohit Sharma c Williamson b Southee 47 (29b 4x4 4x6)
  • Ferguson in action, Gill opens with a classy four through covers. Two more with a flick off the pads, followed by a straight drive. Southee's boundary save limits it to two. India 70/0 in 8 overs
  • Boult continues. Rohit defends the first ball. A momentary shuffle and apology from Rohit. A wide ensues, three dots, and Rohit breaks the streak with a well-placed couple past point. India 61/0 in 7 overs
  • Early introduction of Santner by New Zealand. Rohit unleashes a confident sweep for a boundary. Santner errs with length, short and dispatched for a powerful six. Rohit in full flow! India 58/0 in 6 overs
  • WORLD RECORD! Rohit Sharma becomes first cricketer to hit 50 sixes in ODI World Cup
  • Boult delivers a short one to Rohit, pulled with precision for a milestone 50th ODI World Cup six. A single brings Gill on strike, two dots, followed by a couple through the cut. Exciting exchanges continue. India 47/0 in 5 overs
  • Next over. Southee starts with a quick single tapped by Gill. A wide follows. Short delivery to Rohit, punished for four. Full on the pads, Rohit flicks it effortlessly for a six. India 38/0 in 4 overs
  • Boult maintains off-stump pressure, Rohit defends solidly. Second ball, Exploiting width, Rohit charges down, sends it soaring over covers for a majestic six. Boult adapts, goes around the wicket, Rohit defends. What an exciting duel that is! India 25/0 in 3 overs
  • Tim Southee comes in for the second over. His first ball defended by Gill. Second, a gift on the pads, dispatched for a boundary. Swing troubles Gill in the third ball, inside edge narrowly avoids the stumps. Gill retaliates with Back-to-back fours. India 18/0 in 2 overs
  • Boult opens with precision, Rohit starts with a couple, defends the next two. Boult's error gifts Rohit a boundary over mid-wicket, followed by an elegant drive to the extra cover fence. Explosive start! India 10/0 in 1 over
  • Trent Boult starts first over for New Zealand.
  • Indian openers are out in the middle. They have provided India with fiery starts throughout the tournament. Can they do the same today?
  • "We would have batted first. Looks like a used pitch. We would want to do well with the ball and then hopefully, some dew later. They have been playing some good cricket. Need to assess what is in front of you when the tournament starts. We are going with the same team."- Kane Williamson during toss
  • "Looks like a good pitch. Looks like on the slower side. Whatever we do, we need to do well. NZ is one of the most consistent sides. It is about controlling the controllable. We are playing same team."- Rohit Sharma during toss
  • NEW ZEALAND PLAYING XI: Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Kane Williamson(c), Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Tom Latham(w), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
  • INDIA PLAYING XI: Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj
  • Indian captain Rohit Sharma wins toss, decides to bat first
  • "Both teams would want to put runs on the board. If the team is one or two wickets down going into the phase when the dew comes in, they can easily chase down 8 runs in an over. Mitchell Santner holds the key for New Zealand and Rachin Ravindra could be used to open the bowling alongside Trent Boult given the amount of right-handers India has in its side": Simon Duoll during pitch report
  • "The spinners' length is bare and they will come into play from early doors. The track is hard enough and if there is dew, it will play well throughout and there is a bit of grass in the middle. You want to bat first in a big game but won't be surprised if the chasing team wins the game": Ravi Shastri during pitch report
  • At Wankhede Stadium, teams batting first have emerged victorious on three occasions, while those batting second have secured a win only once

A relentless India rocketed through their league engagements with nine wins on the bounce but the past record is just a shiny antique in a showcase and the hosts will have to be at their gun-slinging best when they face familiar foes New Zealand in the first World Cup semifinal, here Wednesday.

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The 2019 Manchester heartbreak might be lingering in a corner of the hosts' mind as an irritant. The Kiwis also had the measure of India in the ICC WTC Final in 2021, if one needs more attestation of the Kiwis' grip over the latter in global events.

However, this Indian side has shown a propensity to rise above an uncomfortable past, but they will be aware that any slip up at the Wankhede Stadium will be viewed as a national catastrophe, shattering a billion hearts.

So, India will also have to rise above the pressure emanating out of those enormous expectations placed on them, also heightened by their league phase bull run.

Captain Rohit and coach Rahul Dravid, two individuals who know all about the pitfalls of heavy expectations, will have to keep their outfit calm, nestled away from the fear of failure in a crunch match.

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But those are more matters of the mind. There are just as significant matters to take care of on the field.

To start with, the Indian team and its legion of fans will hope and pray that Rohit calls it right at the toss. The teams batting second at this venue have invariably lost early wickets in clusters under lights with the new ball moving dangerously in the air and off the deck.

Both India and New Zealand have bowlers who can inflict severe damage with the new ball.

In that context, a lot will depend on the fearless approach of Indian openers -- Rohit and Shubman Gill. The Mumbaikar has so far made 503 runs and will hope for a continuation, but Gill with a tally of 270 runs from seven matches would like to own the stage with a blistering effort against the Kiwis.

Virat Kohli is now the top run-getter in the tournament with 593 runs, and the landmark of 50 ODI hundreds is waiting to be reached. He would like to marry the milestone with an Indian victory.

Kohli would also like to break the semifinal jinx after getting dismissed for one in the 2019 and 2015 edition.

India will also be delighted to see their middle-order batters KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer hitting top form ahead of the semis though the management will welcome some runs from Suryakumar Yadav.

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Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav have been as lethal as they ever have been but the limelight, to a large extent, has been stolen by Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj who have been unplayable when on song.

In this World Cup, no other bowling attack has produced a masterclass in bowling on flat wickets than India's.

But that said, writing off Kiwis' pace troika of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson and left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner will be naive.

They have enough experience and skill to make an impact even on a shirtfront, and will also hope to prey on any pressure India faces in front of the home crowd. For India, a win is non-negotiable and the Blackcaps can play all-out cricket knowing that they really have not much to lose.

In batting also, New Zealand have enough depth and experience to counter the marauding India bowlers.

The young Rachin Ravindra (565 runs) is the find of the tournament, but Devon Conway is short of big scores — his unbeaten 152 against England in the tournament opener was the only time he scored fifty or above.

Captain Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell are the middle-order lynchpins but New Zealand do not match India’s firepower on paper, but they certainly have the ability to dig deep.

So, it all boils down to who will manage the pressure moments better and we might just have a cracker.

Squads: India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer (wk), KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishan Kishan (wk), Prasidh Krishna, Suryakumar Yadav.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips (wk), Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Will Young.

Match starts at 2:00 PM.

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