In match number 21 of the 2023 World Cup, India secured a crucial four-wicket victory over New Zealand at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. This triumph marked India's first win over New Zealand in any ODI event since 2003 and propelled them to the top of the points table. India maintained their unbeaten record in the tournament.
India won the toss and opted to bowl first, successfully restricting New Zealand to 273 runs, despite Daryl Mitchell's outstanding 130 off 127 balls. Mohammed Shami, playing his first match of the 2023 World Cup, emerged as the standout bowler with figures of 5/54 in 10 overs. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj contributed with one wicket each, while Kuldeep Yadav took two vital wickets.
In response, India's opening pair of Rohit Sharma (46) and Shubman Gill (26) provided a solid start with a 71-run partnership. Virat Kohli showcased his batting prowess, contributing 95 runs off 104 balls. Unfortunately, Kohli fell just short of a century due to a mistimed shot. Ravindra Jadeja's crucial 39 not out off 44 balls guided India to the target. This thrilling victory placed India at the top of the World Cup points table, showcasing their remarkable form and determination in the competition.
India will be taking on England in Lucknow
Team India's next 2023 World Cup match is scheduled for October 29 at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow, and it will be a day-night fixture starting at 2:00 PM IST. Their opponents will be defending champions England, who have experienced a disappointing World Cup campaign thus far.
England currently finds themselves in the ninth position out of ten teams in the points table, with just one win from four matches. Their journey in the tournament began on a sour note when they were convincingly beaten by New Zealand in the opener. While they bounced back with a resounding 137-run victory over Bangladesh, their campaign hit a major snag when they were defeated by Afghanistan by 69 runs. England's last match saw them suffer a 229-run loss to South Africa.
Adding to England's challenges, left-arm pacer Reece Topley has been sidelined due to a fractured index finger, and Brydon Carse has been named as his replacement. As India looks to maintain their unbeaten run in the competition, England will be eager to rejuvenate their campaign with an upset victory. This upcoming clash promises to be a pivotal encounter for both teams in their pursuit of a spot in the semi-finals.