ENG vs NZ ICC World Cup 2023 Match Update : The inaugural match of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 witnessed an electrifying showdown as New Zealand triumphed over England in a remarkable victory at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The encounter was illuminated by the stellar performances of two exceptional Kiwi players, Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra, who both scored magnificent centuries.
The ODI World Cup 2023, hosted by India, commenced with a bang as the opening clash featured a high-octane battle between the reigning champions, England, and the formidable New Zealand. The thrilling spectacle unfolded on Thursday, October 5th, with New Zealand chasing a target of 283 runs. In a display of dominance, the Kiwi squad secured a commanding 9-wicket victory, achieving the target in just 36.2 overs.
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New Zealand had endured a heartbreaking loss to England in the final of the 2019 World Cup, and the encounter marked their chance for redemption, following a dramatic match and a super over in which England emerged victorious on the boundary count rule.
In this year’s World Cup opener, Kane Williamson was absent from the New Zealand lineup, with wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham leading the squad. Latham won the toss and opted to field first.
England, batting first, managed to post a total of 282 runs on the scoreboard, losing 9 wickets in their allotted 50 overs. The leading run-scorer for England was Joe Root, who compiled an impressive 77 runs from 86 balls. The team’s captain, Jos Buttler, contributed 43 runs, while Jonny Bairstow added 33 runs. Among New Zealand’s bowlers, fast bowler Matt Henry stood out, claiming three crucial wickets. Mitchell Santner and Glenn Phillips chipped in with two wickets each.
ENG vs NZ ICC World Cup 2023 Match Update : Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra Shine .
Chasing a target of 283 runs, New Zealand encountered an early setback when Will Young was dismissed for just 10 runs. However, the duo of Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra took charge and systematically dismantled England’s bowling attack. Both players notched half-centuries and proceeded to reach their respective centuries.
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Devon Conway, the star opener, displayed extraordinary prowess in achieving his century in a blazing fashion, taking only 83 balls to reach the milestone. During his century-making innings, Conway launched two sixes and crafted 13 fours. Thanks to his heroics, New Zealand had already amassed a commanding total of 200/1 after just 27 overs.
Following Conway’s splendid century, the star all-rounder Rachin Ravindra followed suit with an equally explosive century. This marked Ravindra’s first century in both ODIs and international cricket, a remarkable achievement reached in 82 balls, featuring 4 sixes and 9 fours.
In the overall context of the match, Devon Conway remained unbeaten with an impressive 152 runs, including 3 sixes and 19 fours. Meanwhile, Rachin Ravindra’s unbeaten contribution stood at 123 runs, characterized by 5 sixes and 11 fours. Riding on these remarkable performances, New Zealand clinched victory with 36.2 overs to spare, losing only one wicket, with Sam Curran claiming the lone wicket for England.