India batter Virat Kohli completed his 69th half-century in one-day internationals to become the leading run-scorer in the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. Kohli brought up his half-century, while chasing 274 runs against New Zealand at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on October 22.
This was Kohli’s 69th fifty in ODIs and his third in this World Cup. He overtook Mohammad Rizwan of Pakistan and India captain Rohit Sharma to become the leading run-getter in the 2023 World Cup.
Kohli then formed a 52-run stand with Shreyas Iyer to settle India’s innings after two quick dismissals of Rohit Sharma and Shubhman Gill. After Iyer, Kohli made the next crucial 54-run partnership with KL Rahul to bring India closer to the 274-run target.
In the first innings, Daryll Mitchell became the first New Zealand batter to score a century against India in ODI World Cups after 48 years, guiding his team to a 273-run total.
From the Indian side, Mohammed Shami claimed a five-wicket haul and became the first Indian bowler to pick multiple five-wicket hauls in ODI World Cups.