In the opening semi-final clash of the 2023 World Cup, India set a formidable target of 398 runs while batting first. New Zealand, on the other hand, made a strong start and exerted pressure on the Indian team throughout the match. However, India managed to exact revenge from their previous encounter in 2019 by dismissing Kane Williamson, with Mohammad Shami claiming his wicket.
Shami’s blunder occurred during the 29th over of the second innings when he failed to hold onto Kane Williamson’s catch. The catch was an absolute gift, commonly referred to as a sitter in cricket terms. The moment Shami dropped the catch at mid-on off Bumrah’s delivery, a hush fell over the Wankhede crowd. This mishap allowed New Zealand to further solidify their position in the match, as Darry Mitchell showcased his exceptional batting skills alongside Williamson.
Shami was presented with an opportunity to rectify his error, and that moment finally arrived. Shami seized the chance and successfully avenged himself by dismissing Williamson. It all happened on the second delivery of the 33rd over when Williamson attempted a powerful shot off Shami’s delivery. Suryakumar Yadav, positioned at backward square leg, skillfully caught the ball, ensuring a secure catch. It is worth mentioning that Williamson had played an exceptional innings, accumulating an impressive total of 69 runs.
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Shami’s impact on the World Cup continues as he adds another wicket to his tally. After dismissing Williamson, Shami also managed to get Tom Latham out with an LBW, causing Latham to leave the field without scoring any runs.
This marks Shami’s fourth success and adds another record to his name as he becomes one of the few bowlers to take 50 wickets in World Cup matches. However, he still has a long way to go to surpass Glenn McGrath’s record of 71 wickets.
In fact, Shami has become the fastest bowler to reach 50 wickets, achieving this feat in just 17 innings, beating out Mitchell Starc’s previous record of 19 innings. In terms of balls, Shami took 795 balls to reach 50 wickets, while Starc took 941 balls. As of now, New Zealand’s score stands at 258 runs for 4 wickets in 39 overs, with Mitchell still at the crease after scoring a century.
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