India completed their perfect campaign with a convincing 70-run victory over New Zealand, securing their spot in their first Cricket World Cup final since 2011.
With a hammering of the Netherlands on Sunday, the tournament hosts effectively concluded their group stage campaign undefeated. They carried that winning streak into the knockout rounds.
After surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most ODI hundreds, Virat Kohli made history by hitting his 50th century during the opening innings as India amassed 387 runs. Shreyas Iyer also impressed with his century from just 67 deliveries including eight sixes.
Mohammed Shami, however, continued his brilliant World Cup bowling career to claim seven for 57. Shami took the first two wickets in the powerplay, including a wicket with his opening ball, and was brought back on to end the momentarily dangerous partnership between Daryl Mitchell and Kane Williamson. No other bowler was able to get past the top-order in New Zealand.
Despite an outstanding innings, Mitchell was unable to take his team to victory despite hitting 117 and struggling with cramps and losing batting companions.
India’s opponents for the Cricket World Cup final on November 19 in Ahmedabad will be revealed after the result of the second semi-final between Australia and South Africa.
Kiwis versus Indians
THE REPORT: Mohammed Shami bowled India to the Cricket World Cup final, but Virat Kohli broke the record.
• India defeats New Zealand by a decisive 70 runs to get to the World Cup final.
• India achieved the highest score in a men’s 50-over World Cup elimination match, 397-4.
• Kohli hit a 50th ODI century record; Shreyas added a quick 67-ball century.
• Mitchell, in strong partnership with Williamson, led the Kiwi comeback with a magnificent century.
• But Shami began with the ball; becomes first Indian bowler to collect 7-wicket haul in World Cup history
• The winner of the other semifinal match between Australia and South Africa will face India.