Sensational Gill stands tall with whirlwind fifty after Rohit`s blazing start

India vs New Zealand, ICC World Cup 2023 semi-final: Rohit Sharma carried on with his ultra-aggressive approach to give India yet another rollicking start as the hosts put on board 118 for the loss of one wicket after 15 overs in the high-voltage ICC World Cup 2023 semi-final against New Zealand on Wednesday.

Rohit unleashed his power-packed game after winning a crucial toss, hitting four sixes and as many boundaries to make 47 off just 29 balls.

One aggressive shot too many brought about Rohit`s downfall but the momentum that he set with his blazing stroke-play allowed Shubhman Gill to set his eye in.

Gill (52 not out off 44 balls) took the baton from his skipper to complete a polished half-century.

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Rohit got a couple of boundaries in the opening over before hitting Trent Boult over extra cover for a magnificent six.

There was a pulled six off the same bowler and a flicked six off Tim Southee as Rohit in short time showed his repertoire against short balls. Mitchell Santner ws greeted with a sweep and then a pulled six before holing out to Kane Williamson at mid-off off Southee.

Gill then took over and hit a flurry of boundaries but what stood out was a short arm pull off Lockie Ferguson.

Three of the four previous tournament games at the Wankhede have been won by the team batting first, with the exception Australia`s stunning defeat of Afghanistan, where Glenn Maxwell`s remarkable 201 not out secured a three-wicket victory.

India`s Virat Kohli needs one more century to set an outright new one-day international record of 50 hundreds after he drew level with retired former team-mate Sachin Tendulkar`s mark of 49 against South Africa.

Notably, India won all nine of their pool matches, but were pushed hard by New Zealand during a four-wicket success in Dharamsala last month. New Zealand, by contrast, lost four games before qualifying for the knockout stages.

Exactly four years ago, the Black Caps defeated India in a World Cup semi-final in Manchester that spanned two days because of rain. India are bidding for a third one-day international World Cup title to add to their 1983 triumph in England and 2011 victory over Sri Lanka in a Wankhede final.

(With agency inputs)

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