The highly anticipated semi-final clash between India and New Zealand is underway with India on a magnificent run hunt after Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer smashed mind-blowing centuries. Both the cricketers reckoned on their magnificent batting abilities with Kohli smashing his third century of the World Cup and Shreyas Iyer smashing his second century of the tournament.
The first innings is close to a conclusion, which will now see New Zealand batting in the second innings. Skipper and opener Rohit Sharma got dismissed after having scored 47 runs off 29 deliveries. Shubman Gill played a brilliant knock of 80 runs despite getting retired hurt in between. Kohli and Iyer smashed brilliant centuries and took the team forward towards setting a magnificent score of 397 runs.
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Unfortunately, New Zealand’s bowling unit could not earn significant wickets today against India at the right time. Tim Southee took the first wicket for the Black Caps dismissing Rohit Sharma at 47. After Rohit’s wicket, Southee’s second prey became Kohli who came very late for the Kiwis followed by Shreyas Iyer who was dismissed by Trent Boult. New Zealand’s ace pacer Tim Southee took a 3-wicket haul and dismissed the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav while Trent Boult picked the wicket of Shreyas Iyer.
While on his way to defend a boundary that was hit by India’s KL Rahul, Devon Coneay tried his best but rather picked a niggle at the back of his leg. The ball went past Conway towards the boundary line with him diving in straight to catch the ball but ended up sliding on the ground. Along with Devon Conway, Indian batsmen like Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli also felt some discomfort in some instances while batting. While Shubman had to retire hurt leaving the field, several moments were witnessed where Virat sustained hamstring cramps which made his running between the stumps difficult.