Virat Kohli achieves a record-breaking 50th ODI century surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s tally, while Mohammed Shami makes history as the first bowler to claim three five-wicket hauls in a single edition of the 50-over World Cup. Their stellar performances guided India to the tournament final.
Shami’s exceptional figures of 7 for 57 set a new record for the best-ever ODI bowling figures by an Indian bowler, eclipsing Stuart Binny’s 6 for 4. Despite Daryll Mitchell’s determined effort during the chase, posting 397/4, India secures a 70-run victory, ending New Zealand’s aspirations.
Kohli’s brilliance, scoring 117 off 113, is complemented by remarkable batting contributions throughout the innings. Rohit Sharma’s aggressive start sets the tone, Shubman Gill adds quick runs, and Shreyas Iyer’s aggressive batting further propels the score. Despite the loss of Kohli to injury, Iyer, along with KL Rahul, ensures India finishes strong, accumulating 110 runs in the last 10 overs, setting a formidable target for New Zealand.
In the chase, New Zealand faces early setbacks as Shami dismantles their top order. Mitchell and Kane Williamson offer resistance, but India’s bowlers regain control. Mitchell’s valiant century and a brief flourish from Glenn Phillips aren’t enough, as Shami’s fifer seals the victory for India. The final score sees India posting 397/4, while New Zealand manages 327 in 48.5 overs, succumbing to Shami’s exceptional bowling performance.