Virat, Shami Guide India to Crucial Win

Dharamsala: Virat Kohli andMohammed Shami shone asIndia beat New Zealand by 4wickets in Dharamsala on Sunday.It was Mohammed Shami’s fivewicket(5 for 54) haul that helpedIndia restrict New Zealand to 273
despite Daryl Mitchell’s 130 andRachin Ravindra’s 75. In thechase, Rohit Sharma’s 46provided India a superb startbefore Virat Kohli’s well-knit 95stole the show. India hunteddown the total in 48 overs. With
it, the Rohit-led side became theonly unbeaten team in the CricketWorld Cup 2023.India’s successful chase of 274
against New Zealand showcasedtheir resilience, anchored by theindomitable Virat Kohli. Despite
several batsmen makingpromising starts, including Rohit,Gill, Iyer, and Rahul, nonemanaged to convert them into
substantial innings. Kohli,however, displayed hisunmatched consistency bysteering the innings withouttaking unnecessary risks.One moment of miscommunication saw Shreyas Iyer runout, but Kohli stood unfazed. Ravindra Jadeja emerged as theperfect support for Kohli, demonstrating his growth as abatsman. He played with maturity and timed boundariessuperbly, ultimately contributing to the victory. Despite adropped catch earlier in the match, Jadeja’s timely knock provedcrucial. Kohli’s masterful display helped India complete theirfifth consecutive successful run chase, silencing critics andanswering New Zealand’s challenge. As they maintain theirundefeated record in the World Cup, India’s batting depthand their ability to absorb pressure continue to be thefoundation of their success.

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