New Zealand lost to Kohli-Shami: India has crossed the hurdle of New Zealand in the World Cup 2023. The team defeated the Kiwis by 4 wickets with 12 balls remaining in the match that lasted 98 overs. On Sunday, Indian batsmen chased the target of 274 runs by losing 6 wickets in 48 overs at Dharamshala ground. Virat Kohli played an inning of 95 runs, while Mohammed Shami took 5 wickets.
3 factors of India’s victory(New Zealand lost to Kohli-Shami)
Powerplay and death overs bowling(New Zealand lost to Kohli-Shami): Indian fast bowlers performed brilliantly in the first 10 overs (powerplay) and death overs (last 10 overs) of the match. In the first 10 overs, Siraj and Shami sent the Kiwi openers to the pavilion, while in the last 10 overs, Shami, Bumrah and Kuldeep together took 6 wickets. The New Zealand team could score only 54 runs in the last 10 overs and also lost 6 wickets.
Rohit-Gill’s fast start: The pair of captain Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill gave a good start to India in the chase of 274 runs. Both of them made an opening partnership of 71 runs on 67 balls. Rohit-Gill pair scored 63 runs without loss in the first 10 overs. The pair scored boundaries in almost every over of the powerplay. Only the 9th over remained boundaryless. The Kiwi bowlers had no answer to the shots of Rohit-Gill. The good start of the Indian openers did not allow run-rate pressure on the middle-order batsmen.
Kohli’s fifty partnership with Iyer, Rahul and Jadeja(New Zealand lost to Kohli-Shami). Virat Kohli, who came to play after Rohit’s dismissal in the 11th innings, played a match-winning inning of 95 runs. On one side, India’s wickets kept falling at regular intervals and on the other end, Kohli stood like Angad’s leg. Virat made half-century partnerships of 52 runs with Iyer for the third wicket, 54 runs with Rahul for the fourth wicket and 78 runs with Jadeja for the sixth wicket. Kohli was caught out by Matt Henry in the 48th over, but then Team India needed 5 runs to win, which the team achieved in the next 2 balls.
3 reasons for New Zealand’s defeat…
Bad start, batsmen under pressure: New Zealand had a bad start after losing the toss and coming to bat. The team scored only 34 runs after losing two wickets in the first powerplay. Indian bowlers created pressure from the very first over. Jasprit Bumrah bowled a maiden over in the first over. Siraj took the wicket of Devon Conway in the fourth over without giving any runs. Shreyas took a brilliant catch at forward square leg. The New Zealand’s score was only 9 runs. Siraj-Bumrah did not allow the New Zealand(New Zealand lost to Kohli-Shami) batsmen to play freely for 8 overs. Mohammed Shami, who came to bowl the 9th over, bowled Will Young on his very first ball.
Daryl Mitchell was left alone after Rachin was out After losing the openers for 19 runs, Rachin Ravindra and Daryl Mitchell made a partnership of 159 runs for the third wicket. Both of them single-handedly rescued the team from the initial setbacks. At one time the team’s score was 182/2 in 33 overs, but from here the team lost wickets continuously. Despite this partnership, New Zealand’s middle and lower order could not cross the score of 300 runs. After the Ravindra-Mitchell partnership broke, the remaining 7 batsmen could score only 91 runs in 17 overs.
The Indians could not break Kohli and New Zealand’s bowlers were ineffective in the first powerplay of the innings. In such a situation, the Indian team got a good start. Not only this, no bowler of the team could get Virat Kohli out quickly. Kohli continued scoring runs. Kohli’s durable batting made a big difference. He was definitely out in the 48th over, but by then the match was out of New Zealand’s hands.
Powerplay Contest: Indian team was far ahead of New Zealand
In the first powerplay, the performance of the Indian team was many times better than that of New Zealand. Team India scored 63 runs without loss in the first 10 overs, while the Kiwi team could score only 34 runs for two wickets.
Points Table: India is back on top, Kivis on second
With this victory, the Indian team came to the top of the points table. Now Team India has 10 points in its account after 5 matches. In such a situation, India’s chances of reaching the top-4 have become stronger. Now the team will have to win only 2 out of 4 matches. On the other hand, the New Zealand team is in second place. Kiwi team has 8 points in its account after 5 matches.
India defeated New Zealand in the World Cup after 20 years.
India achieved its 5th consecutive win in the World Cup 2023. The team defeated New Zealand by 4 wickets. The Indian team has won over the Kiwis in this tournament after 20 years. Earlier, in 2003, the Kiwis were defeated by 7 wickets at the Centurion ground(New Zealand lost to Kohli-Shami).