Ton-up Daryl Mitchell embraces limelight but lose Kane Williamson in semis chase

India vs New Zealand, ICC World Cup 2023 Semi Final:Daryl Mitchell A fine hundred ended with two wickets falling quickly at the other end as New Zealand’s quest for a World Cup semi-final victory over India suffered a huge blow.

Mitchell joined New Zealand on 39-2, chasing a mammoth target of 398 at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday. But he responded with an 85-ball century that featured eight fours and five sixes, his second of the tournament against India after 130 in a four-wicket haul by the unbeaten hosts in Dharamsala.

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Along with the New Zealand captain Kane Williamsonhe put on 181 for the third wicket to give the Black Caps hope of a second successive World Cup win over India after their 2019 victory in a rain-affected match in Manchester.

Star batsman Williamson, however, fell for 69 when he bowled Mohammed Shami — who fell for 52 — straight to Suryakumar Yadav at deep square leg. Two balls later, it was 220-3 in the 33rd over when Shami had Tom Latham lbw for a duck, and the paceman had taken four New Zealand wickets to fall.

The biggest run by any runner-up team to win a World Cup semi-final is New Zealand’s Duckworth/Lewis adjusted 299-6 against South Africa at Auckland in 2015.

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Earlier, Virat Kohli scored a record-breaking 50th one-day international hundred and Shreyas Iyer made a blistering hundred of his own as India piled up a commanding 397-4.

Kohli’s innings of 117 took him past the mark of 49 centuries he shared with Sachin Tendulkar as his teammate watched on from the stands at the Wankhede Stadium in a crowd of 33,000 that included football star David Beckham. Kohli put on 163 with Iyer, who made 105 off just 70 balls, including four fours and eight sixes.

(With agency input)

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