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India Defeats New Zealand, Enters Cricket World Cup Final


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India has secured their place in the Cricket World Cup final with a 70-run victory over New Zealand. Virat Kohli achieved a milestone with his 50th ODI century, contributing significantly to India’s total score. Mohammed Shami’s exceptional bowling, taking seven wickets, played a crucial role in India’s win. New Zealand put up a strong fight, but India’s impressive performance led them to victory.

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Key Points:

  • India won against New Zealand by 70 runs in the World Cup semifinal.
  • Virat Kohli scored his record 50th ODI century.
  • Mohammed Shami took seven wickets, crucial for India’s win.
  • Shreyas Iyer also scored a powerful century, adding to India’s high score.
  • New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell scored 134 runs but couldn’t lead his team to victory.
  • India set a great target of 398 runs for New Zealand.

In a thrilling Cricket World Cup semifinal match in Mumbai, India emerged victorious against New Zealand with a score of 397-4 against 327. Virat Kohli led the team with his record-breaking 50th ODI century, scoring 117 runs. His achievement surpasses the record he shared with cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar.

Shreyas Iyer also played a significant role, scoring 105 runs off just 70 balls, which included four boundaries and eight sixes. This high scoring helped India set a challenging target for New Zealand.

Mohammed Shami’s outstanding performance was another highlight of the match. He took seven wickets, including a critical moment where he took two wickets in three balls, disrupting New Zealand’s momentum.

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New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell fought hard, scoring 134 runs off 119 balls, but it wasn’t enough to chase down India’s massive score. Despite the Black Caps’ efforts, India’s bowling and fielding were too strong.

The match, played at Wankhede Stadium, saw India reach the highest score in a World Cup knockout game, setting up a high bar for the finals. Fans, including celebrities like David Beckham and Sachin Tendulkar, witnessed India’s momentous victory, propelling them into the World Cup final.


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