An absolutely thrilling showdown. The most awaited match is now in India’s favor. Fans are cherishing this moment. After clearing the group stage successfully, India entered into the semifinal. New Zealand won five matches in the group stage. But India finally took the revenge of the 2019 semifinal. After defeating New Zealand in the semifinal, India got the ticket for the final showdown. India is still unbeaten in the tournament after winning 10 matches. Despite the batter’s excellent performance. Mohammad Shami secured India’s win.
This was a crucial clash for India and the Indian fans. After the 2019 semifinal’s heartbreak, India defeated the Kiwis in the 2023 semifinal. That was a revenge-taking moment for India’s squad. Exceptional performance by the whole squad and brilliant captaincy by Rohit Sharma secured the match in India’s favor. The whole squad gave them all strength for the final conquer in the semifinal stage.
But Mohammad Shami was the star of the show. He took 7 wickets in the match. That exceptional spell snatched the victory from New Zealand. In the second innings, the Kiwis lost two early wickets. After that skipper Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell made a valuable partnership for the Kiwi squad. At that crucial point when India was under pressure, Mohammad Shami picked Kane Williamson’s wicket when he was batting on 69 runs. After Williamson’s dismissal, Mitchell made a partnership with Glenn Phillips. In between that Shami took Latham’s wicket. He walked away on a duck.
When Mitchell was on 134, Shami roared again. He picked up the Kiwi batter. After that, he picked up Tim Southee on 9 runs. Shami concluded the match by picking Lockie Ferguson on 6 runs. That was a proud moment for Shami and every Indian. The Wankhede created history. Mohammad Shami becomes the first Indian to pick up a five-wicket haul in a World Cup knockout game. They glorified the momentum more.
Twitter Reaction to Shami’s Unbelievable Spell:
Shami registered an excellent spell at the semifinal stage against New Zealand. Praise is coming all the way for this star pacer of India. From dropping Kane Williamson’s catch to secure the win for India, Mohammad Shami made a remarkable comeback in the match. People are appreciating him for his exceptional spell. Harbhajan Singh took to his social media handle to express his excitement. He wrote, “ Shami ka zabra fan, Another 5 wickets spell..#INDvsPak”
Virender Sehwag congratulated the whole team along with Mohammad Shami. He wrote, “ What a day to be at the Wankhede. Virat Kohli becoming the highest century-maker in ODI history, Shreyas Iyer scoring a memorable 100, and them @MdShami11, aag ke gole barsaate hain, the best ever figure by any Bhartiya bowler, each member playing like champs, history awaits us.”
Commentator Harsha Bhogle also praised Shami. He said, “ 5 for Shami. Rohit’s go-to bowler. And as good with the old ball as with the new. Champion. My player of the game.
The Journey to Semifinal and Final Calling:
India’s Unbeaten streak remained the same in the stage of the semifinal. After being unbeaten in the group stage, India defeated the Kiwis in the semifinal. India is now 10 on 10. In this semifinal match, India performed exceptionally well. Virat Kohli registered his 50th century and played an innings of 117 runs in 113 balls. Shreyas Iyer scored another century. Shubman remained unbeaten on 80 runs. India set a target of 398 runs in front of the Kiwis.
In the second innings, the New Zealand squad tried well to dominate the opponent. Daryl Mitchell played a responsible knock of 134 runs. Kane Williamson scored 69 runs. The Kiwi squad gave their best to win but they had hard luck. Mohammad Shami took 7 wickets in crucial moments and secured the win. India defeated New Zealand by 70 runs and secured the final ticket.
On November 19, the most awaited showdown will be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. India already confirmed the final ticket. Their final opponent is yet to be decided. The second semifinal is scheduled on November 16, between Australia and South Africa. The winner of that clash will face India in the final. India is hosting the World Cup after 2011. That year India won the cup. Fans are hoping for the same at this time.