England vs New Zealand ICC CWC Match 1 Report: Scoring 289 runs in the first innings and still losing for 9 wickets in an ODI is rare. And it’s rarest in a World Cup opening match. But England went through this path yesterday to lose to New Zealand by 9 wickets in the ICC Men’s World Cup 2023 opening match.
Twin Tons That Thumped the White
England’s 283-run wall was thrashed and busted by two Kiwi boys: Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra. They placed one ton over the other’s to climb over the wall and bring it to the ground by being just a man down. Conway’s innings was 152 runs taller, while Ravindra had a blistering 129-run run.
Curran’s ‘Not So Golden’ Duck
Chasing 289, Conway started off in style, sending the ball to the boundaries twice in the initial over. But England has caused New Zealand a small hiccup, sending off Sam Curran for a Golden Duck. But that hiccup died shortly as Conway and Curran joined hands to showcase a firecracker performance in the opener, substituting the dismissed opening ceremony.
Ravindra, on his debut in the World Cup, went on a rampage against Woakes, hammering four boundaries off him. He was neither nice to Mark Wood nor feared his blistering deliveries. New Zealand amassed 81 runs during the powerplay, and the desperation and fear slowly shadowed over the English faces. They may have prayed, but unfortunately, God was busy enjoying the Kiwi masterstrokes.
England decided to go twirly-whirly on New Zealand by introducing the spinners, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid. But everything England were throwing at them seemed like wet crackers. It never worked.
Conway crossed the hundred mark first. Ravindra followed him to register a maiden ton in his maiden World Cup match. Both batters sent the half-filled Narendra Modi Stadium crazy. In the 37th over, it was Conway who stamped the last nail on the coffin to leave England with a losing start.
New Zealand’s Tied, Sinked English Batters Ahead of the Shore
England’s plan was to repeat the 2019 final. But Matt Henry proclaimed that it was not going to be easy, troubling Malan with his new ball and eventually sending him back to the bench. Bairstow gave them a pinch of hope, but after his dismissal, England’s middle order shattered like a fort made of cards. Then Root and Buttler tried to root England’s Innings. They somehow took England past 250 before falling down. In the end, Mark Wood and Adil Rashhed added double digits to the scoreboard before packing up at 282.
England vs New Zealand ICC CWC Match 1 Report: Score Summary
England Score: 282/9 in 50 overs (Joe Root 77, Jos Buttler 43; Matt Henry 3/48, Glenn Phillips 2/17)
New Zealand Score: 283/1 in 36.2 overs (Devon Conway 152*, Rachin Ravindra 123*).
New Zealand won by 9 wickets
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