India vs. New Zealand: India’s performance in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 semifinal
India targeted 398 runs.
It was an outstanding batting display from the home team.
The Men in Blue stormed out of the gates, led from the front by Rohit’s daring 47.
After his departure, Gill and Kohli skillfully constructed on the platform set, positioning themselves to score a formidable total.
In celebration, Kohli amassed an incredible 50th century in one-day cricket, and Iyer added a century of his own.
The onus now shifts to the bowlers to see if India can seal a date with destiny on November 19 in Ahmedabad after the batsmen have done their part.
India, 50 overs 397–4.
To maintain the momentum, Rahul manages to launch one high over cow corner for six.
Rahul pulls it fine through the fine leg region as Southee drifts on the pads, finding the boundary again.
With a slice over third man, Rahul caps off the innings in style as India posts an astounding 397 for 4.
382-4 India, Yadav out!
Yadav attempts to hit a big heave over mid-wicket, but Southee picks up the pace on the opening ball.
As Phillips is able to circle under and take the catch, he is unable to get enough on it.
Gill moves out to the middle after retiring hurt earlier.
381-3 in India. You’re out!
Boult is in his last over now.
However, he makes a grave error on the first ball when Rahul punishes him for a low full toss by going over long on for a maximum.
The next ball, a yorker from the pacer, finds the right spot just outside off stump, but Rahul manages to squeeze it past backward point for a boundary.
With just 27 balls, that stroke also completes the 50-run partnership.
Iyer, not to be outdone, smacks one for four through deep mid-wicket after getting one in the slot.
But as Iyer goes too far in an effort to locate the boundary once more, Boult gets the last laugh.
It concludes Iyer’s incredible inning, as he finishes with 105. 70 balls in all.
Standing ovations are duly given by the Wankhede as India approaches a substantial total.
We are approaching the last over of the innings when Yadav enters the field to try and find some quick runs.
India 366-2 after 48 overs.
Iyer sends Southee over the deep mid-wicket boundary for six to take the score to 99, showing no signs of the nervous 90s.
The Wankhede roars back to life and he makes it back-to-back hundreds with a steer down to long on.
The home team has been playing fantastic batting as they attempt to quickly reach a huge total.
47 overs, 354-2 India
Boult has returned to attempt to gain further traction.
Outside off stump, Rahul has space, which he can use to cut backward point for a boundary.
India makes that shot to surpass 350.
46 minutes. India 347–2.
It is Rahul’s responsibility to transfer as much of the strike to his partner as possible, but it appears he missed the memo because he hits a boundary through deep mid-wicket that Conway is unable to stop.
He appears to be having some difficulties as well, as evidenced by the grimace on his face as he grasps his knee after going for the dive. Nevertheless, he quickly gets back up, so perhaps a little magic spray will work.
India 341-2 after 45 overs.
Iyer easily dismisses a bowl that Ravindra bowled in the slot, going on for six.
With the final ball, which Iyer bludgeons straight down the ground for a similar outcome, the spinner gives Iyer another opportunity.
He also enters his 90s after that stroke.
327–2, India. Kohli out!
Southee is included in the assault.
To the delight of the crowd, Kohli pursues him and lofts a high over to Phillips at deep mid-wicket, but the fielder is unable to grasp it. Once more aiming for the same area, the centurion manages to seize it as it passes over Phillips for six.
However, the excitement is short-lived as Conway catches the last ball to cap off an incredible knock.
He leaves to a well-earned standing ovation from the crowd after an unprecedented innings that has captured the attention of fans worldwide. After being dismissed, Rahul moves to the middle.
Cricket – 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup – India, Semi-Final vs. New Zealand – November 15, 2023 – Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India Following India’s Virat Kohli’s return to the pavilion following his wicket loss to New Zealand’s Devon Conway off Tim Southee’s bowl, players, coaches, and spectators above them applaud. Francis Mascarenhas/REUTERS
India 314-1 after 43 overs.
Iyer clobbers Ravindra for a straight six down the ground as the batsmen give their signal.
They reach a partnership of 150 runs as they pick up 11 off the over.
India 303-1 after 42 overs.
A couple of deep backward square legs later, Kohli surpasses his hero Tendulkar to reach his 50th ODI century and stands alone at the summit of the mountain.
There has never been a better time or location for this moment to happen, and the Wankhede crowd is on its feet.
Given the circumstances and context, it was a very unique knock.
With an outrageous pull through mid-wicket for four, he raises the score to 300 and celebrates the moment himself.
Now that he has reached the milestone, India can focus on scoring a lot of runs in the last eight overs in an attempt to reach 400.
41 overs, 292-1 India
Back into the attack is Ravindra.
The batsmen successfully score four consecutive singles prior to Iyer’s attempt, which narrowly misses the boundary.
The umpire is unmoved despite the fielders’ appeal.
Williamson makes the decision to take it upstairs, but Ultra Edge verifies the bat did not make contact.
As we approach the crucial portion of the innings, New Zealand is currently out of reviews.
India 287-1 after 40 overs.
Ferguson takes Boult’s place.
Iyer uses a clip through cow corner to find the boundary, breaking the chains that had been put in place during the previous few overs.
India reaches ten from the over as Kohli is on the verge of a historic feat.
India 277-1 after 39 overs.
Santner is in his last over of the enchantment.
He ends with figures of 0 for 51, allowing only the two.
Due to his dangerous play near the close-in fielders on a couple of shots, Kohli is also appearing a little vulnerable.
He might be thinking about the milestone, in which case he should proceed with caution.
India 275-1 after 38 overs.
With a pull to fine leg for a single, Kohli edges into the nineties.
Boult limits the batting players to five runs per over.
India 270-1 in 37 overs
The Wankhede crowd applauds Iyer’s single towards point as he approaches his 50th birthday.
India wins the tournament with five wickets from the over, and this is his fourth consecutive 50-plus score.
India 265-1 after 36 overs.
Boult takes Phillips’ place, but it makes no difference who New Zealand uses because Kohli pulls him through cow corner for a first ball that is on the boundary.
After going around the wicket to Iyer, the left-armer is hit for six when he is hit over the head.
Iyer is able to create back-to-back boundaries by forcing a boundary through a deep point.
In the process, the partnership for 100 runs, off just 79 balls, is established.
India 248-1 after 35 overs.
Williamson brings Santner back on.
He hits a maiden over, which may be the only one in this run-fest for India that he has hit so far.
34 minutes. India 248–1.
Iyer runs down the track and gives Phillips a half-dozen overstrikes.
The fact that Gill is still available despite retiring from injury will be concerning for New Zealand, as he appears to be in good shape.
In the process, Kohli breaks Tendulkar’s single World Cup run record, which he set in the 2003 edition with 673 runs.
India 238-1 after 33 overs.
At the other end, Southee takes Boult’s place.
With the crowd roaring, Iyer smashes the quick for a massive six over long-on with the fourth ball.
Conway excels at deep extra cover to prevent Kohli from hitting a specific boundary, limiting the number of batsmen to just two.
32 overs, 226-1 India
Phillips reappears in the assault.
He hits a faster one on the pads, and Kohli assists him in getting it to the deep fine leg boundary for four.
However, the spinner makes a strong comeback as India is restricted to five runs per over.
India 221-1 after 31 overs
Boult proceeds, and Kohli displays a delicate touch to guide a delivery of a reasonable length past him and through the opening at the third man for a boundary.
India eventually wins seven from the over as the players take a drink break.
India 214-1 after 30 overs.
Ferguson is replaced by Southee, and Kohli hits a six over cow corner with a masterful use of his feet.
With wickets remaining and the current pace of play, India appears headed for a total of 400 or more.
India 203-1 after 29 overs.
Williamson brings on his spearhead, Boult, in an attempt to take a wicket, but Kohli greets him with a lofted drive that screams to the boundary through extra cover, bringing up the 200.
India 197-1 after 28 overs
Ferguson’s second stint has seen a strong return.
The batsmen appear to be quite satisfied to work him around the park as he only gives up three runs.
India 194-1 after 27 overs.
Iyer walks down the track against the flow of play and smashes Ravindra for a massive six over long-off on the third ball. Once more, he goes for the big shot, but in the end, he slices a chance to Southee, who is playing short third man. The ball bounces just before the fielder tries to reach it and is able to continue behind for a boundary.
When Kohli drives down to long-on to celebrate turning 50, the partisan crowd cheers him on.
India 181-1 after 26 overs
Ferguson maintains a tight grip to restrict the batsmen to just three runs per over.
India 178-1 after 25 overs
In order to maintain a slow bowling option at one end while New Zealand attacks with pace at the other, Ravindra is brought back into the attack.
As we approach the halfway point of the innings with India leading by a significant margin, he does a good job of restricting the batsmen to just five runs.
India 173-1 after 24 overs
With Iyer now at the crease, Williamson opts to bring on Ferguson, his fastest bowler.
As other teams have done throughout the tournament, he will try to attack the new batter with some short bowling.
Kohli assists Ferguson’s short shove to the deep fine leg boundary.
164-1 India. Hurt, Gill retired.
Santner mishandles the third ball. Not one to be left behind, Kohli finds the boundary by pulling through the cow corner.
Given the testing conditions, Gill appears to be in discomfort as he lies spread out on the ground, most likely from exhaustion and cramps.
He hobbles towards the dugout and appears to be walking off, with Shreyas Iyer replacing him.
India suffered a great loss because he appeared to be in good shape.
India is 164 for 1 at the end of the 23rd over.
22 overs, 157-1 India
India is still coasting along as Phillips surrenders four runs in his over.
Williamson may be tempted to have a bowl himself in an attempt to find a breakthrough, having already exhausted six options.
India 153-1 after 21 overs.
As he enters his sixth over, Santner is still giving New Zealand some solace as they try to make their way through this pivotal stage of the game.
As the players struggle against the intense heat and humidity, he eventually limits the batsmen to three runs.
20 overs, 150-1 India
Gill decides he can no longer play around with the ball.
After the third ball, he descends the track and lofts Phillips over deep extra cover for a maximum.
India takes a single wicket to mid-wicket and cruises to 150.
India 142-1 after 19 overs
As Santner produces a four-run over, the spinners are currently controlling the runs.
India won’t be too alarmed because Rohit’s early aggression gave them enough room to adjust to the middle overs.
18 overs, 138-1 India
Williamson seeks to sever this dangerous alliance by turning to Glenn Phillips.
He limits the batsmen to six runs from his opening over for the time being.
17 overs, 132-1 India
Santner proceeds with a slip in position.
As Gill dances down the track to the fourth ball, he smacks the bowler’s head with an 89-meter straight six.
At backward point, he displays his class by deftly guiding the subsequent ball through the opening to locate the boundary.
16 overs, 121-1 for India
The batsmen are restricted to three runs from the over as Ravindra continues his miserliness.
There’s no reason to think the pitch won’t be played well. The ICC
A statement regarding the change of pitch for today’s match has been released by the ICC.
An ICC spokesperson stated, “Changes to planned pitch rotations are common towards the end of an event of this length, and have already happened a couple of times.”
“Our host and the venue curator made the recommendation to make this change. The change was communicated to the ICC independent pitch consultant, who has no reason to think the pitch won’t play well.
India 118-1 after 15 overs.
Santner is back in the game to launch an all-out assault.
As the players take a drink break, the batsmen are happy to work him around for just four from the over.
India 114-1 after 14 overs.
Ravindra is introduced to introduce some change.
The partisan crowd cheers when Gill drives down to deep extra cover and mentions his fiftieth birthday.
India scores ten runs in the over after Ravindra tosses up a ball that Kohli drives to the deep extra cover boundary for four.
India 104-1 after 13 overs.
Gill welcomes Ferguson into the team as he pulls through mid-wicket for a boundary. Ferguson replaces Southee.
He then makes a quick delivery that is distributed over the same area for six more, bringing the team total to 100.
With a single down to mid-off, Gill reaches 49.
India 92-1 after 12 overs.
After giving up 11 runs in his only over, Santner is asked to return for a bowl.
He varies his lines and lengths to good effect, limiting the batsmen to just three runs.
11 overs, 89-1 India
Gill drives uppishly through mid-on and mid-wicket to find the boundary, but Southee slips one on the leg side.
After Rohit was dismissed, India manages to take five wickets from the over as they attempt to shore up their position.
India 84-1 after 10 overs.
Ferguson tries a slow bouncer, which Gill sees coming, and he pulls through a long leg for four with style.
Gill easily rocks back to dispatch the Kiwi with another boundary through the same region, but the Kiwi quickly responds with a faster bouncer.
9 overs, 75-1 India
On the third ball, the ball raps Kohli on the pads and travels behind third man for a boundary.
Notwithstanding the Kiwis’ plea for a possible leg before wicket, the umpire is not impressed.
Williamson chooses to move it indoors.
Not only does New Zealand lose the review, but they also forfeit a boundary because replays show that Kohli had made contact with the ball before it struck the back pad.
Asia 71–1. Go, Rohit!
After conceding 21 runs in his first two overs, Southee is replaced.
He accomplishes the task by getting Rohit to loft a ball high towards long off, and Williamson makes a good catch while tumbling back.
After making an explosive 47 off 29 balls, the India captain effectively silences the crowd as he returns to the pavilion.
After being dismissed, Kohli walks to the middle in an attempt to build on his early lead.
India 69-0 after 8 overs.
Ferguson, Williamson’s fastest bowler, is brought on in an attempt to establish a lead early on.
He bowls one into the slot, and Gill drives it through the covers with ease.
He wanders onto the pads for the next ball, but fortunately for him, Gill can only muster a couple, so he doesn’t get all of it.
But early on, the opener displays his class with the softest of pushes through, and Southee makes a great diving stop to stop two runs from being scored and prevent a certain boundary.
India 61-0 after 7 overs.
Boult continues on his end, performing much better as he sticks to a fourth- or fifth-stump line that is challenging for Rohit to break free of.
In the first part of this innings, New Zealand has been at its best so far, with just three coming off the over.
India, 6 overs 57-8
Williamson chooses to alter the game by inserting Mitchell Santner, his best spinner, to try and get some bounce and turn out of the pitch.
As he paddle-sweeps uppishly through fine leg, barely avoiding the fielder at short fine leg, to find the boundary, Rohit is unnerved by the move.
Santner counters by pulling one into Rohit’s hitting arc, and Rohit clatters him for a six that travels 76 meters over deep square leg.
With the run rate at an almost unbelievable 9.67 an over, New Zealand needs to act quickly to halt the current trend.
India 47-0 after 5 overs.
On the second ball of his third over, Boult goes short, and Rohit comes up with a six, pulling high over deep fine leg using his back foot.
In addition to surpassing former West Indies batsman Chris Gayle’s record of 49 sixes in a single World Cup, Rohit helps the batsmen take nine off the over.
India, 4 overs 38–0
When Southee misplaces one, Rohit seizes the opportunity and pulls him well behind square to determine the boundary.
Once more, the bowler errs, this time more severely and down the leg side. The captain of India strikes him high over deep square leg for six runs with a devastating flick of his wrists.
India starts this semifinal by taking 13 off the over as they are establishing themselves.
India 25-0 after 3 overs.
After removing the first two balls, Rohit races down the pitch to take Boult deep extra cover for a six.
To Williamson and his men’s slight dismay, he is taking the fight straight to the Kiwis here.
0 in 2 overs for India
When Tim Southee is given the ball at the other end, he starts off well but then makes a mistake and bowls a leg-stump volley on the pads, which is punished by Gill, who hits him for a four from behind square.
With the next ball, Gill gets a fortunate inside edge as it races to the deep fine leg boundary.
India 10-0 after 1 over.
With a skillful clip through cow corner, Rohit gets the crowd up and moving for a couple of runs.
He completes the next two deliveries with a pitched ball that swings in slightly but does not result in a run.
The captain then chooses to drive the next ball through mid-off for four after uppishly flicking the fourth ball through mid-wicket for a boundary and narrowly avoiding the catcher at short mid-wicket.
India is off to a perfect start as they take 10 points from the first over.
Play is about to start.
The New Zealand players are already out and about on the field as Rohit and Gill exit to thunderous applause.
Now that the India captain is on strike, Boult will take the new ball for New Zealand.
Who is going to be the leader of this first inning?
Teams salute during anthems.
As they prepare for the national anthems, both sides are gathered in front of their respective flags.
For a sportsperson, there’s never a dull moment, especially in a situation this intense.
But at the end, whose heads will be held high?
Leading the way is Kohli
Before the tournament, a lot depended on how well Kohli, India’s main run scorer, performed.
As Rahul Bhattacharya delves deeper into what precisely makes him such an essential component of the puzzle, he has responded to the call thus far.
A preview of what’s coming up
As the match draws closer, are you unsure of what each team will bring to the table?
You need look no further than our comprehensive match preview, which summarizes all the storylines to pay attention to before this eagerly anticipated matchup.
XI New Zealand
Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Kane Williamson (C), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (WK), Mitch Santner, Mitch Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, and Trent Boult are the members of the New Zealand XI.
India XI: Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Suryakumar Yadav, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (WK),
I hope we can accomplish it with the ball in hand.
When considering the condition of the pitch, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson agreed with his opponent: “We would have had a bat first as well.” It has a nice surface.
He remarked, “Hopefully we can finish it with the ball in hand, and hopefully there will be dew later on.”
“Same circumstances [in the 2019 World Cup semifinal] existed four years prior, but in a different place. It should be a good game because they have played some good cricket [in the tournament].
Only the things that are under our control are
Before the big game, India captain Rohit Sharma expressed his opinions, saying, “It’s a good pitch, [looks a] bit on the slower side.”
“We played that semifinal [against New Zealand] back in 2019, and they have continued to be one of the tournament’s most reliable teams four years later. He stated, “It will be an excellent contest.
“This day is really significant. Only what is within our control is in our hands.
India chooses to bat.
India chose to bat first after winning the mighty toss.
Under duress, Rohit is prepared to rumble rather than crumble.
An anxious country will hold its collective breath when India takes the field today.
Will India’s biggest threat come from their hopes, dreams, and expectations?
The pressure on his team to win at home has been downplayed by captain Rohit Sharma, who said that all Indian players are used to it.
“There is always pressure if you are an Indian cricket player, regardless of the format or tournament,” he remarked.
“Because we need to win the match, and you can hear it from everywhere.”
“We have worked so hard over the years to put that aside and concentrate more on our game, strategy, and style of play, but there is pressure.”
A fresh outcry
We have a controversy that is surfacing hours before the big game today.
According to news reports, the plan for today’s match was originally to take place on a pitch that had not yet been used for a tournament match; however, the action will now take place on a pitch that was used for the group stage matches.
“Originally, Pitch 7, the middle strip of the pitch block at Wankhede Stadium, was to host the semi-final. Pitch 7 is a brand-new surface that wasn’t utilized during the World Cup’s league stage, according to an ESPNCricinfo report.
Former cricket players Michael Vaughan of England and Darren Lehmann of Australia have voiced their opinions in a debate about it, saying that using a new pitch for the knockout matches“must be.”
Maybe Kohli isn’t done yet.
With his record-tying 49th ODI century against South Africa, Kohli gave India the ideal birthday present on his 35th birthday, matching his idol and former teammate Sachin Tendulkar.
Former all-rounder James Franklin of New Zealand stated he thought Kohli was playing at the top of his game when previewing the semifinal for Al Jazeera.
“With his fitness regimen, it’s still possible that someone like Kohli wants to participate in another World Cup in four years,” Franklin stated.
“He recently turned 35 and is currently up there with Tendulkar. He may be thinking, ‘I can blow that record away,'”
“A portion of the challenge and inspiration for him, should India win this World Cup, may be, ‘there
Having won five of their ten World Cup matches against India thus far, including the 2019 semifinal, New Zealand has a slim advantage.
India, meanwhile, has won four, including their most recent game last month in Dharamshala by a margin of four wickets.
At the World Cup in 2019, a washout caused one match to end without a result.
“We have plans set in motion.”
Although left-arm pacer Lockie Ferguson says the Kiwi bowling unit is not scared of the task ahead of them, the Wankhede is not a place for weak-willed bowlers.
“There have been a lot of high-scoring grounds in India,” Ferguson stated prior to the game.
“In this region of the world, one-day cricket is played in this manner.
“It’s important to gauge the pitch’s characteristics and what a good score is because big overs, like a few runs here or there, can cost you in the later half of the inning.”
We have plans in place for everything, so it’s critical to follow them, whether that means bowling first or hitting first. Of course, it’s enjoyable to bowl under lights, it’s good to see when the ball starts to move and involves us in the action.
Franklin’s method to halt India
James Franklin, a former all-rounder for New Zealand, says his countrymen won’t be intimidated by the “best” Indian team in history.
Franklin said to Al Jazeera on Tuesday that “India will feel they have no holes in their game both tactically and form-wise.”
Franklin says that stopping India early in each innings will be crucial for New Zealand, as they struggled to do in their previous encounter.
He stated, “It will depend on how successfully New Zealand can compete in the two powerplays.”
“It will be very difficult for New Zealand if India manages to regain some sort of control after the powerplays, as that is where India has been dominant.”
It should come as no surprise that the top scorers in the tournament are two Indian batsmen: captain Rohit Sharma and player Virat Kohli.
Rachin Ravindra has been a revelation for New Zealand.
His 565 runs at this World Cup so far have surpassed the records set by Sachin Tendulkar (523 in 1996) and Babar Azam (474 in 2019) for the most runs scored by players under 25 at a World Cup.
The first person from New Zealand to score three hundreds in a single World Cup, Ravindra was highly praised by his captain. He is the son of Indian parents.
According to Williamson, “it’s not just the quantity of runs he’s scored so far, but also how he’s been scoring them and how it’s been geared towards trying to move the team forward.”this Tuesday.
A perfect nation?
The 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup has seen some incredible moments.
The host country’s flawless group stage record, with nearly every member of their all-star team playing flawlessly, has been the most striking feature.
If anyone hopes to prevent Rohit Sharma from winning the trophy, the other three semifinalists have to measure up to what the hosts have set.
The most memorable moment with the ball came when we bowled Sri Lanka out for 55, the lowest score ever by a Test nation in a World Cup. In Mumbai, Mohammed Shami claimed five wickets in the team’s 302 run victory.
Using the bat to select a highlight would be like selecting your favorite child.
Maybe it went against everything and Australia when India was chasing 200 runs and trailed by three wickets with two runs scored. Sharma was one of the three players out, but Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, who were left in the middle, were cool, collected, and ultimately outstanding.
This victory in Chennai by six wickets said, “The rest are in trouble.”
XI predictions and injury updates
Assuming no unforeseen injuries, India will undoubtedly field the same squad that advanced them to the semifinals.
The hosts were expected to be severely affected by Hardik Pandya’s injury, but they have handled the all-rounder’s absence with grace thus far.
Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Mohammad Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, and Virat Kohli are the predicted XI.
The same squad that defeated Sri Lanka in their previous group match is expected to play for New Zealand. Similar to Pandya, Matt Henry had to hobble out of the competition. An accomplished foreign player, Tim Southee, has filled the void.
Admiral Kane Williamson dismissed a right-hander is hoping that his recent return to the team will increase the Kiwis’ aspirations after suffering a hand injury that prevented him from playing in the early stages of the competition.
The following players are the predicted starting eleven: Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, and captain Kane Williamson.
India’s bowling averages are striking a nice figure.
India leads the tournament in best bowling figures thus far, despite neither team having appeared in the top five lists of wicket-takers thus far.
Only one player from New Zealand is among the top five, but four of them are competing in this match.
Many runs are scored, but who will claim the wickets?
It’s interesting to note that neither bowler from India nor New Zealand is among the top five wicket takers in this World Cup.
For the home team, Jasprit Bumrah has claimed 17 wickets, while Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja have each claimed 16.
Mitchell Santner leads New Zealand with sixteen, followed by Trent Boult on thirteen and the now-injured Matt Henry on eleven.
The onus will undoubtedly be on the Kiwi bowlers to resist the powerful Indian hitters.
India will be relieved not to be playing South Africa in this match.
South Africa has the three highest ODI totals ever on this field.
The first was in 2015, when Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, and AB de Villiers scored centuries as the Proteas crushed the hosts 438–4.
South Africa has twice threatened that total on this field in this World Cup alone. They scored 399-7 against England in their first game, and 382-5 against Bangladesh three days later, adding another century from de Kock.
Just eighteen days later, Afghanistan’s highest-scoring ground saw Glenn Maxwell smash an undefeated 201 to shatter the World Cup record individual score.
A historic location up front
The western Indian state of Maharashtra has a long history with the Wankhede Stadium.
When the West Indies defeated India by 201 runs in the fifth and final Test of a closely contested series that the visitors won 3-2, the venue hosted its first international cricket match in 1975.
India won the first One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka in 1987 by a margin of 10 runs.
On a historic April evening in 2011, MS Dhoni led India to their second World Cup title, and once again Sri Lanka was on the receiving end of his assault.