In the first semifinal of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023, India and New Zealand are competing. Indian captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat first.
During India’s batting, in the ninth over, Virat Kohli missed a ball from Tim Southee and was struck on his thigh pad. The Kiwis appealed for LBW, but the umpires declared him ‘not out’. The New Zealand captain then opted for a review.
After the review, it was evident that Kohli was not out. As the not-out signal appeared on the big screen, Anushka Sharma, Kohli’s wife, was spotted with a joyful expression celebrating Kohli’s not-out decision, and the moment went viral.
Anushka Sharma was spotted joyfully cheering the umpires’ decision, and this moment gained widespread attention on the internet.
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In the match, Rohit Sharma, India’s captain, chose to bat after winning the toss. Starting with Shubman Gill, Rohit faced the new ball from New Zealand’s Trent Boult and Tim Southee. Instead of being defensive, Rohit played aggressively, hitting boundaries and sixes. This helped India reach 60 runs in seven overs, setting a strong start for their innings.
Rohit Sharma didn’t reach fifty as Tim Southee broke India’s opening partnership
Later in the ninth over, paceman Tim Southee surprised Rohit with a slower delivery. Rohit mistimed his shot, and the ball went high in the air. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson made an excellent catch at mid-off, concluding Rohit’s impactful innings (47 off 29). As of now, India has accumulated 178 runs, losing one wicket in 25 overs.
Shubman Gill had temporarily left the field after scoring 79 runs from 65 balls, while Virat Kohli was at the crease with an unbeaten 45 alongside Shreyas Iyer.
Moving forward in the current ODI World Cup 2023 semifinal, the Indian team aims to score over 350 on the challenging Wankhede surface, which will be tough for the opposition in the second inning.
Virat Kohli is eyeing to surpass Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries, while Shreyas Iyer is keen to maintain his outstanding form, as none of the Kiwi bowlers have proven effective against them so far.