Team India went down on a magnificent show after having posted a target of 398 runs for New Zealand. The Men in Blue won the toss, and opted to bat first at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. With the second innings of the match underway, both India and New Zealand were off to a flying start, with the openers hitting mind blowing boundaries and sixes.
During the first innings, all of the Indian batsmen displayed an exceptional performance against New Zealand, with Rohit Sharma having played a brilliant knock of 47 runs, Shubman Gill at 80 despite getting retired hurt, Virat Kohli’s swashbuckling 117-run century off 113 deliveries followed by Shreyas Iyer who played a magnificent knock after having smashed 105-run century. KL Rahul also played brilliantly and hit 39 runs at the concluding stage to post a target of 398 runs for the Kiwis.
Pietersen’s heartfelt tweet
Former England captain and commentator Kevin Pietersen heaped praise on his longtime friend and legendary cricketer Virat Kohli on his Twitter handle. In the tweet, the renowned commentator remarked “He kept quiet when they doubted him and has left his bat do the talking, screaming and shouting. Love so much what you’ve done today, buddy!”, with a red heart emoji.
Kevin justified Virat’s execution in the past years of his performance for the country stating that he faced that amount of criticism he didn’t deserve and the 35-year old batsman has finally shut the mouths of all the haters.
King Kohli for a reason!
In the match today against New Zealand, Virat Kohli broke several records with the most prominent one being smashing the most number of ODI centuries. He also became the only Indian player to smash his 8th half century in a single World Cup edition. The legendary cricketer has already registered uncountable records to his name, with more records coming to his side.