Unbeaten India beat New Zealand by 4 wickets in Sunday’s World Cup match at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamshala.
The momentous victory means India are now the only team in the 2023 World Cup that has not lost a match.
Chasing a target of 274 runs, Rohit Sharma did what he does best and got the Blues off to a fast start as they built a 63-0 lead inside the first 10 overs.
Although ‘The Hitman’ could not complete his well-deserved half-century yet again losing out to Lockie Ferguson by 46 runs, the 36-year-old did his job well in taking India get ahead of the required strike rate.
Sharma’s quick start gave the rest of the Indian batsmen the much-needed space to build partnerships and play according to the situation and that’s what Virat Kohli did with KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja.
Kohli scored a fine 95 runs and secured India their fifth World Cup win, which was essential as their next match was against the struggling England side in Lucknow. He was supported by Jadeja, who put together a run of 78 with the 34-year-old.
To be fair, all the Indian batsmen did well, except Suryakumar Yadav, who was unfortunately bowled out by just two runs.
Batting, 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 against the attack India’s bowling from the start.
The Black Caps continued to lose the ball at regular intervals, but Mitchell stood up and scored 130 from 127 balls, taking the Kiwis to a competitive total of 273 runs.
Mohammad Shami was the pick of the bowlers for India as the pacer took the lead, 5-54, in his first match of this World Cup.
India will take on England on October 29 in Lucknow while New Zealand will face Australia on October 28 in Dharamshala.