Rohit on World Cup semi against NZ: “We’re going to be brave. Hopefully, fortune favours the brave.”
India and New Zealand go head-to-head in the first of the Cricket World Cup semi-finals when they clash in Mumbai. The World Cup hosts successfully ended their group stage campaign unbeaten, winning all nine of their matches, and signing off with a thrashing of the Netherlands on Sunday to maintain their tag as the tournament favourites.
Though they bring all the momentum into the knockout stages India will be nervous for this knockout game. They also topped the group stage standings in England four years ago before losing to New Zealand in the semis at Old Trafford.
New Zealand, meanwhile, started the competition in spectacular fashion with a huge win over England before stuttering towards the knockout rounds following a series of injuries to key personnel. They have reached another white-ball tournament semi-final and have the experience to challenge India today.
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India 226-1 (32) Kohli 74, Iyer 22, Phillips 0-23 (4)
Pace has not brought the breakthrough, so New Zealand turn back to the spin of Phillips, and straight away Iyer has a single to bring Kohli on strike.
And Kohli has another, just turned around the corner for yet another boundary.
The question is becoming can anything stop India now?
Sonia Twigg15 November 2023 10:57
India 221-1 (31) Kohli 70, Iyer 21, Boult 0-42 (6)
Kohli has another boundary off Boult, New Zealand are searching for answers in how to stop this, for that one he just opened the face and again it was wide of the fielder.
Boult tried to pull it back afterwards, but the Kiwis are up against it, and 450 is not out of the question.
Sonia Twigg15 November 2023 10:50
India 214-1 (30) Kohli 65, Iyer 19, Southee 1-42 (5)
Southee, who has the only wicket so far, will resume from the other end. New Zealand need a wicket soon to stop India batting them out of the game, that is about the size of the equation at the moment.
And Kohli has whipped one away off his pads for a huge six, it looks like he is accelerating here, and India are on course for a massive total, potentially the highest of the tournament so far.
Sonia Twigg15 November 2023 10:45
India 203-1 (29) Kohli 57, Iyey 16, Boult 0-35 (5)
Boult comes into the attack, and has been dispatched first ball for four by Kohli. He has hit that over the ring on the off side and to the boundary to bring up India’s 200.
But after that there were just singles, he kept bowling in at the batters from wide in the crease.
Sonia Twigg15 November 2023 10:41
India 197-1 (28) Kohli 52, Iyer 15, Ferguson 0-43 (6)
Ferguson will bowl his 6th over, and he has kept things tight, just the three runs from the over, but India are firmly in control of this innings.
Sonia Twigg15 November 2023 10:37
Kohli 50! India 194-1 (27) Kohli 50, Iyer 14, Ravindra 0-30 (4)
New Zealand have brought the India run rate to under 7 runs per over, and they are just starting to keep things tight.
But Iyer charges down the ground and smashes Ravindra back over his head for six – that will be the 600th six of the tournament as well.
But he edges the next ball, it goes to the boundary for four but it was just wide of Southee on the edge of the ring and that was almost a chance. It was slower and wider and Iyer was drawn into the shot but it was just a foot wide of Southee.
Kohli brings up his 50 with a hit down the ground from the final ball of the over for a single! 50 from 59 balls.
Sonia Twigg15 November 2023 10:33
India 181-1 (26) Kohli 48, Shreyas 4, Ferguson 0-41 (5)
Ferguson will continue, and Kohli has just started to push on here, now that Gill has retired. A two off Ferguson takes him on to 47.
Another bouncer from Ferguson is better directed this time, and while he had been smashed to the boundary, Kohli just ducks out of the way of that one.
Kohli finishes the over on 48.
Sonia Twigg15 November 2023 10:28
India 177-1 (25) Kohli 44, Shreyas 4, Ravindra 0-18 (3)
Ravindra will bowl from the other end, he has bowled okay so far without coming close to taking a wicket – but that same criticism could be said for a lot of the bowlers so far.
Only Southee has the one wicket, with Gill out retired hurt for 79.
Kohli is nearing a half century here however.
Sonia Twigg15 November 2023 10:25
India 173-1 (24) Kohli 41, Iyer 3, Ferguson 0-38 (4)
With the new batter brings an injection of pace, Williamson has turned to Lockie Ferguson.
He has been the most expensive of the bowlers so far, but could he prove more difficult for Shreyas?
Kohli has turned one round the corner to the boundary so it is not causing him any issues!
Sonia Twigg15 November 2023 10:22
Gill retires on 79! India 165-1 (23) Iyer 1 Kohli 35, Santner 0-44 (7)
But despite the increasing pressure to find a breakthrough, Santner will continue, and Kohli has dispatched a short ball to the boundary for four.
That has hit so cleanly, and he has scored more runs than anyone in the tournament and could add many more to that total today.
Gill was just getting some treatment in the extreme heat in Mumbai, and will not be able to continue! He hobbled down towards the other end making that last run and will have to leave the field.
Shreyas Iyer had to come out to the crease for the final two deliveries, with Iyer off the mark with the final ball.
Sonia Twigg15 November 2023 10:17
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