(CTN News) – Earlier in the day on Sunday, India crushed New Zealand by four wickets in their top-of-the-table World Cup match at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala as they remained unbeaten.
As a result of the crucial win, India is now the only team in the World Cup 2023 that has not lost a match in all of its games so far.
While chasing the target of 274 runs, Rohit Sharma did what he does best, and helped the Blues get off to a fast start, as they were 63-0 in their first ten overs, when they were chasing the target of 274 runs.
It was unfortunate that “The Hitman” would not be able to complete his well-deserved half-century once again, losing his wicket once again to Lockie Ferguson for 46 runs, but he had done his job by taking India ahead of the required run rate for the innings.
It was Sharma’s quick start that gave the remaining Indian batters the much-needed space to build partnerships and play the game according to the situation, which is exactly what Virat Kohli and KL Rahul did with Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul, respectively.
With a well-executed 95 runs, Kohli ensured India’s fifth victory in the World Cup, which is a necessity as their next match takes place against the struggling English team in Lucknow on Sunday. During his innings, the 34-year-old was ably supported by Jadeja, who added 78 runs to his score.
It is fair to say that all of the Indian batters did well, except for Suryakumar Yadav who was run out unluckily for just two runs.
After batting first, New Zealand lost two early wickets for 19 runs but a 159-run partnership between Rachin Ravindra and Daryl Mitchell saved the day for the Black Caps, who looked helpless at the start of the innings against the Indian bowling attack.
In spite of losing wickets at regular intervals, Mitchell stood tall and scored 130 runs off 127 balls, taking the Kiwis to a competitive 273 runs in reply to the Black Caps’ 199.
During the first match of this World Cup, Mohammad Shami was the pick of the Indian bowlers after the pacer took a fifer, 5-54, in his first match for the country.
There will be a match between India and England on October 29 in Lucknow, while New Zealand will face Australia in Dharamshala on October 28.
As a team
As part of the Indian team, Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj are in action.
The New Zealand team includes Devon Conway, Will Young, Rachin Ravindra, Tom Latham (captain/wk), Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Mark Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, and Mark Henry.
Michael Gough (IND), Richard Kettleborough (IND) were the umpires for the match.
The TV umpire is Paul Wilson (Australia)
Referee: Andy Pycroft (ZIM) was the match referee for the match.