In a historic moment at Wankhede Stadium, Mohammed Shami etched his name in World Cup history by becoming the first bowler to claim a sensational 7-wicket haul in a knockout game. India’s semi-final clash against New Zealand witnessed a thrilling display of cricket, with Shami wreaking havoc and securing the best bowling figures by an Indian in a World Cup game.
Opting to bat, Captain Rohit Sharma led from the front, setting the tone for India’s innings. The team got off to a blistering start, putting the Kiwis on the back foot from the very first over. Despite Sharma’s early departure, Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli’s aggressive partnership laid the foundation for a formidable total. Kohli’s historic 50th ODI hundred and Shreyas Iyer‘s successive century powered India to a commanding score close to 400.
Shami’s Spectacular Bowling Performance
New Zealand faced an uphill battle from the start, and despite a valiant 181-run stand between Mitchell and Williamson, they struggled to contain India. Shami’s impeccable seam bowling, especially under lights, dismantled the Kiwi top order. He dismissed both openers in his initial overs and later returned to break the backbone of New Zealand’s middle order, finishing with a remarkable seven-wicket haul.
Although the Kiwis fought back with partnerships and exploited some Indian fielding errors, the momentum swung back in India’s favour. Bowlers Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah provided crucial breakthroughs, and Shami’s lethal comeback sealed the deal for India. Despite some tense moments, India secured their tenth successive win, booking a spot in the 2023 World Cup final.
India’s dominant performance with both bat and ball showcased their prowess in the tournament. Mohammed Shami’s exceptional bowling display will be etched in the memories of cricket fans worldwide. As India gears up for the World Cup final, the team’s stellar form and Shami’s heroics have set the stage for an epic showdown.