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India finally broke a 20-year jinx against New Zealand in ICC tournaments on Sunday, registering a memorable four-wicket victory in the ongoing 2023 ODI World Cup. Riding on the indomitable innings of Virat Kohli, who played a valiant knock of 95, India successfully chased down a competitive target of 274 runs with 12 balls to spare.

The victory at Dharamsala was a particularly momentous one for India, as it came after a two-decade-long wait. India had last beaten New Zealand in an ICC tournament in the 2003 ODI World Cup, and the Kiwis had since developed a habit of getting the better of the Men in Blue in the big moments.

Kohli’s masterclass

Kohli’s innings was the cornerstone of India’s victory. The former India captain showed glimpses of his vintage form, batting with composure and authority. He anchored the Indian chase and stitched crucial partnerships with Shikhar Dhawan (57) and Suryakumar Yadav (34). Kohli’s dismissal in the 45th over, when he was agonizingly close to a century, was a major setback for India. However, Hardik Pandya (47 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (10 not out) ensured that India crossed the finish line without any further hiccups.

Shami’s five-wicket haul

Earlier in the day, Mohammed Shami had scythed through the New Zealand batting lineup with a brilliant five-wicket haul. Shami’s devastating spell of bowling reduced New Zealand to 111/4 in the 25th over. However, Daryl Mitchell and Rachin Ravindra staged a remarkable comeback, putting on a century partnership to revive New Zealand’s innings.

New Zealand’s fightback

Mitchell and Ravindra’s partnership put New Zealand in a strong position, but they were eventually dismissed in quick succession. New Zealand lost their last four wickets for just 16 runs, to be bowled out for 273 in the 49th over.

India’s dominance

India’s victory over New Zealand was their fifth consecutive win of the 2023 ODI World Cup. They are now the only team in the tournament with an unbeaten record. India’s victory also puts them in a commanding position at the top of the points table.


India’s victory over New Zealand was a well-deserved one. They played with great determination and skill to overcome a strong challenge from the Kiwis. Kohli’s innings was the highlight of the match, but India’s overall performance was also very impressive. India are now the favorites to win the 2023 ODI World Cup, and they will be looking to continue their winning streak in their upcoming matches.

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