On November 15 in Mumbai, Mohammed Shami’s exceptional seam bowling worked its magic, rescuing India from a challenging situation on a batsman-friendly Wankhede Stadium pitch. The fast bowler claimed an impressive 7/57, playing a crucial role in India’s 70-run victory over New Zealand, securing their spot in the ICC ODI World Cup final.
Despite Daryl Mitchell’s heroic 134, his efforts were in vain as Shami dismissed him, with Mitchell flicking a shot uppishly to midwicket. Shami’s impactful spell included crucial wickets, such as Kane Williamson, who had a partnership of 181 runs with Mitchell, and Tom Latham. Shami’s skillful bowling, especially against left-handers, proved effective on an unresponsive pitch.
After the fourth wicket fell, Glenn Phillips contributed 41 runs before being caught at widish long-off by Jasprit Bumrah. Kuldeep Yadav, the left-arm wrist spinner, also claimed a wicket when Mark Chapman slog-swept him to deep square leg.
Earlier in the match, Shreyas Iyer showcased his batting prowess, scoring a blistering 105 off 70 balls with eight sixes. He, along with Virat Kohli, who scored a century, put on a partnership of 163 runs. Kohli’s ton was historic, marking his 50th ODI century and surpassing Sachin Tendulkar’s record. The Indian team finished with a formidable total of 397/4, setting New Zealand a target of 398.
Despite New Zealand’s spirited effort, Shami’s exceptional bowling ensured India’s victory, delighting the predominantly partisan crowd at Wankhede Stadium. The match marked a turnaround for India in the World Cup, with Shami’s impactful performance playing a pivotal role in their success.