India Cruises into the World Cup Final with two centuries from Iyer and Kohli and a Seven-for from Shami

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The highest total in a World Cup elimination round was achieved by India, ahead of Daryl Mitchell’s almost unbelievable 134 off 119.

India had no business giving New Zealand the anxiety it did during their 397-run defence, but in the end, they waltzed into the final and made light of the alleged knockout pressure. Now they are the only game away from possibly having the best World Cup campaign ever. They are currently leading by an average of 175 runs with 64.4 balls left and 6.4 wickets taken. The Men in Blue successfully defeated the strong Kiwi players by 60 runs to seal their spot in the finals.

By achieving this, Virat Kohli reached an incredible milestone—his 50th ODI century—in front of his spouse, Sachin Tendulkar, the man he passed, and the location of the symbolic torch-passing that took place 12 years ago when he carried Tendulkar on his shoulders. With three World Cups under his belt, Shreyas Iyer achieved the third-fastest century by an Indian player at 67 balls, marking his second consecutive century.

Rohit Sharma, who is selfless, is credited with one of those three centuries. He started India’s innings with a brilliant 47 off 29, marking the ninth occasion this year that he has scored in the 40s, 80s, or 90s—the joint-highest total for a calendar year.

India’s highest total in a World Cup knockout match is hardly surprising, since the pitch has showed the most variation in bowling friendliness from afternoon to evening this year. There was always going to be plenty of room for scoring.  As predicted, there was a startling tremendous turn, substantial movement in the air and off the surface, and no dew in the afternoon instead of swing or seam. However, Daryl Mitchell hit an almost unthinkable 134 off 119, only to be stopped by Mohammed Shami’s 7 for 57.

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