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India beat NZ to reach Cricket WC final

India beat NZ to reach Cricket WC final

ICC Men's Cricket World Cup, Mumbai:
India 397-4 (50 overs): Kohli 117 (113), Iyer 105 (70), Gill 80* (66); Southee 3-100
New Zealand 327 (48.5 overs): Mitchell 134 (119), Williamson 69 (73); Shami 7-57
India won by 70 runs

India roar into the World Cup final as Virat Kohli confirmed his status as the most prolific white-ball batsman of all time, and Mohammed Shami as the tournament’s most dangerous bowler. Kohli became the first player to tick off 50 ODI centuries – moving one clear ahead of his idol Sachin Tendulkar, who led the applause at the Wankhede Stadium. Shami claimed seven for 57, the best one-day figures in India’s history.

India reached the World Cup final by holding off New Zealand on a memorable night in Mumbai that included Virat Kohli's record-breaking 50th one-day international century.

Superstar Kohli moved clear of his legendary former team-mate Sachin Tendulkar's hundred tally as India piled up 397-4. But New Zealand threatened to spoil the hosts' party at the Wankhede Stadium.

Daryl Mitchell scored a sublime century of his own and put on 181 runs from 149 balls with skipper Kane Williamson to quieten the febrile home support and give the Black Caps a shot at an improbable victory.

India were feeling the pressure with the Black Caps on 220-2, when Mohammed Shami removed Williamson for 69 and Tom Latham for a two-ball duck in the 33rd over.

Glenn Phillips' 41 from 33 kept New Zealand in with an outside chance but he holed out and Mitchell followed for 134 to Shami. Fast bowler Shami ended with incredible figures of 7-57 – the best for India in ODIs – and New Zealand were ultimately bowled out for 327, leaving them 70 runs short.

Earlier Kohli effortlessly made 117 from 113 balls, while Shreyas Iyer scored the game's fastest century – a 70-ball 105, with eight sixes.

India, chasing their first World Cup title since winning on home soil in 2011, will play Australia or South Africa in Sunday's final in Ahmedabad in what promises to be a remarkable occasion.