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PIX: India ease past New Zealand, end 20-year wait

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Last updated on: October 22, 2023 23:02 IST
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Images from the World Cup 2023 league match between India and New Zealand at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on Sunday.

IMAGE: Mohammed Shami celebrates after taking the wicket of New Zealand's Matt Henry. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Virat Kohli anchored another tricky chase with perfection after Mohammad Shami's sizzling five-wicket haul as India outclassed New Zealand by four wickets in the World Cup match in Dharamsala on Sunday -- their first win over Black Caps in an ICC event after 20 years.


Shami (5/54) starred with the ball to restrict New Zealand to 273 all out despite Daryl Mitchell's gutsy 130 off 127 balls. 

IMAGE: Virat Kohli hits a boundary against New Zealand during the World Cup match in Dharamsala on Sunday. Photograph: BCCI/X

Kohli (95 off 104) later anchored India's chase with a near blemish-free knock and shared three crucial 50-run stands with Shreyas Iyer (33), KL Rahul (27) and Ravindra Jadeja (39 not out) to guide his side home in 48 overs.

With India on the cusp of victory, Kohli went for the record-equalling 49th ODI hundred but much to the disappointment of a packed crowd at the HPCA stadium, he was caught at deep midwicket off the bowling of Matt Henry in the 48th over.

IMAGE: Trent Boult celebrates with team-mates after taking the wicket of Shreyas Iyer in Dharamsala on Sunday. Photograph: BCCI/X

Chasing 274, Shubman Gill (26) relied on his exquisite timing to find boundaries, while Rohit Sharma (46) played the power game as the openers gave India the perfect start.

Gill drove Trent Boult through extra cover and square to pick up back-to-back boundaries in the seventh over. He then flicked Matt Henry through mid-on and midwicket to bring up India's 50 in just 7.4 overs.

Rohit looked in ominous touch as he just planted his foot forward and lap-swept Henry to the backward square leg boundary and then followed it up with a straight six two balls later.

IMAGE: Rohit Sharma is bowled by Lockie Ferguson during the World Cup match in Dharamsala on Sunday. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Rohit was lucky as he was dropped by New Zealand skipper Tom Latham behind the stumps off Mitchell Santner in the next over and he punished the left-arm spinner by tonking him over deep midwicket for a six the very next ball.

But Rohit failed to cash in as he dragged a Lockie Ferguson delivery onto the stumps in the next over to end the dangerous-looking 71-run opening stand.

IMAGE: Lockie Ferguson celebrates with team-mates after taking the wicket of Shubman Gill. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Ferguson dealt another blow to India in his next over in the form of Gill, who was caught by Mitchell at thirdman.

Kohli then took the innings forward with the help of Iyer (33 off 29) and K L Rahul (27 off 35).        

However, the quick dismissals of Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav made things little difficult for India before Kohli bailed out the hosts with a 78-run sixth-wicket stand with Jadeja (39 not out).

While Rahul fell leg before wicket to Mitchell Santner on the review, Suryakumar was a victim of an unnecessary mix up with Kohli as India slumped to 191/5.

Kohli, however, failed to match Sachin Tendulkar's record of 49 centuries as he departed in the 48th over while going for a six. His knock was studded with eight fours and two sixes.

IMAGE: Daryl Mitchell celebrates after completing his maiden World Cup century. He is only the second New Zealand batter to hit a century against India in the ODI World Cup after Glenn Turner in 1975. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Earlier, Daryl Mitchell hit a gutsy hundred before India pacer Mohammed Shami sizzled with a five-wicket haul in his first game of the World Cup to bowl out New Zealand for 273.

Sent into bat, Mitchell stroked a brilliant 130 off 127 balls, while Rachin Ravindra hit a fluent 75 off 87 balls as the duo revived New Zealand after a poor start, putting on 159 runs off 152 balls for the third wicket -- the highest partnership for any wicket for New Zealand against India in ODI World Cups.

Shami (5/54) was the star with the ball for India while the other pacers Jasprit Bumrah (1/45) and Mohammed Siraj (1/45), also played their part well.

India had a rare ordinary day in the field and were guilty of dropping three catches. Kuldeep Yadav (2/73) was the most expensive bowler but got the important wickets of Tom Lathan and Glenn Phillips.

The start was far from rosy for New Zealand who lost Devon Conway early. The left-hander flicked a Mohammed Siraj delivery straight to Shreyas Iyer at square leg in the fourth over.

Introduced into the attack in the ninth over, Shami struck with his first ball by removing Will Young, who played on to an incoming delivery.

IMAGE: Matt Henry is bowled out by Mohammed Shami. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Regarded as one of India's best fielders, Ravindra Jadeja dropped a sitter at point of Shami's bowling to hand Ravindra a life. The young left-hander cashed in on the chance with both hands and together with Mitchell forged a much needed partnership to stabilise the innings.

The duo was particularly severe against Kuldeep, clobbering the left-arm spinner for three huge sixes straight over his head.

Ravindra brought up his fifty off 56 balls, while Mitchell's half-century came in 60 deliveries.

IMAGE: Daryl Mitchell hits a six. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

The hallmark of the partnership between Ravindra and Mitchell was that they never went into a shell and rotated the strike to keep the scoreboard ticking.

The Indians were sloppy on the field as Mitchell also got a reprieve on 69 in the 33rd over when Jasprit Bumrah dropped an easy chance at the long-off boundary after wicketkeeper K L Rahul had failed to pouch the edge off Jadeja in the 30th over.

IMAGE: Daryl Mitchell and Rachin Ravindra put on 159 runs off 152 balls for the third wicket -- the highest partnership for any wicket for New Zealand against India in World Cups. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Shami finally broke the partnership in the next over when Ravindra failed to clear the long-on boundary, handing a simple catch to Shubman Gill.  

Ravindra's wicket hardly bothered Mitchell who continued to play aggressively, smashing the Indian bowlers with disdain as New Zealand brought up their 200 in 36.1 overs.

Kuldeep, who was put under pressure for the first time in the competition, finally tasted success when he had Latham leg before wicket with the googly as the left-hander played down the wrong line.

IMAGE: Rachin Ravindra continued his good form with a fluent half-century. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Glenn Phillips made 23 before he miscued Kuldeep high on the off-side trying to hit over the top and was caught by Rohit.

India pulled things back significantly by picking up six wickets in the last six overs for only 30 runs.

Shami cleaned up Mitchell Santner and Matt Henry off consecutive balls in the 48th over before he dismissed Mitchell in the final over to register his second five-wicket haul in World Cups.

IMAGE: Jasprit Bumrah puts down a catch to give Daryl Mitchell (69) a lifeline off the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav in the 33rd over. Photograph: Adnan Abidi/Reuters
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