In the first semifinal of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023, India faced New Zealand at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. In a high-voltage clash, India skipper Rohit Sharma opted to bat first. His decision went well with the team, as Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer smashed magnificent centuries to help India post 397/4 in 50 overs.
With his 113-ball, 117-run knock, Kohli surpassed legendary India batter Sachin Tendulkar's record of 49 ODI centuries. Kohli now has 50 centuries in ODI cricket, which is the most by any batter. In his innings, Kohli smashed nine boundaries and two sixes. With this, Kohli also became the first batter in ODI cricket to score 700 runs in a single World Cup series.
Here is Virat Kohli's 50th-century celebration:
Literally best Cricketing Moment ever 💙pic.twitter.com/PVzpAYq1Vs— 𝑺𝒉𝒆𝒃𝒂𝒔 (@Shebas_10dulkar) November 15, 2023
Earlier, in the game, India won the toss and opted to bat first. Skipper Rohit Sharma, along with opener Shubman Gill, added 71 runs for the first wicket in just 8.2 overs. Rohit, in his innings, scored 47 runs off 29 balls with the help of four boundaries and four sixes. Meanwhile, Gill, in his inning, scored an unbeaten 80 runs off 66 balls with the help of eight fours and three sixes.
Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul stole the show
Despite Kohli's amazing batting performance, it was Shreyas Iyer who stole the show with his magnificent century. In his innings, Iyer scored 105 runs off 70 balls with the help of five fours and eight sixes. This is Iyer's back-to-back century in the last two games. Apart from him, wicketkeeper-batter KL Rahul also smashed an unbeaten 39 runs off 20 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes.
For New Zealand, Pacer Tim Southee clinched three wickets, including from skipper Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Suryakumar Yadav. Apart from him, Trent Boult also got a wicket as he dismissed Shreyas Iyer. It's worth noting that if India defends this successfully, it will qualify for the finals of the ODI World Cup for the first time in the last 12 years.
Here is how fans react to Virat Kohli's 50th ODI century:
So were 140 crore Indians. We love him more than anything 🏻 pic.twitter.com/n5hf7KCkli— Aarushi Joshi (@Aarushijoshii) November 15, 2023
Kohli and ODI cricket will always be spoken of together.— CricXtra (@CricXtra_) November 15, 2023
King Virat Kohli have given so much joy to ICT FANS Fans can't love these legend enough . He is modern day greats and people are privileged to watch him play. Congratulations for 50th 💯.After SF one more show in final required. #INDvNZ#SemiFinal1#ViratKohli𓃵— MRS. RAJALAXMI (@MrsRajalaxmi) November 15, 2023
A rollercoaster of an innings 😍— Thums Up (@ThumsUpOfficial) November 15, 2023
BADSHAH has proved immense greatness today 🔥— Vocal Canadian Desi (@VocalCanadaDesi) November 15, 2023
King Kohli is emotional itself❤️🔥❤️🔥— Manu (@virat_facts) November 15, 2023
Magical Kohli ❤️— Shashank Singh (@RccShashank) November 15, 2023
Best in the business 🔥— Syed Irfan Ahmad (@Iam_SyedIrfan) November 15, 2023
Anushka his support system was there!— Maryam Asfandyar (@MaryamAhmad_23) November 15, 2023
We all are emotional — Dom (@diligent_three) November 15, 2023