New Zealand Thrushed England In the Opener of the ICC World Cup 2023

What a performance from New Zealand to beat the defending champion by 9 wickets with 82 balls to spare. A thumping victory for the runners-up of the 2019 World Cup. They also broke the highest partnership record in the ICC World Cup by adding 273 runs together. 

New Zealand won the toss and offered England to bat first. Bairstow started the match with a six on the second ball of the match. It was a decent start for the defending champions but they start losing wickets at regular intervals. Everyone chipped in and got out due to which there was no momentum, yet England scored 282 runs which was a decent total. Root and Buttler were the pick of the batters. 

New Zealand Thrushed England In the Opener of the ICC World Cup 2023

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The response from New Zealand was not up to the mark. They lost Young on the first ball of the 2nd over. But things looked quite easy when Ravindra joined Conway. Both batters batted till the end of the chase. They added 273 runs together which is itself a great achievement. Both of them socred their 100s in style. In fact, Devon Conway passed 150 runs.

Ravindra got to his maiden century consuming only 82 deliveries. His innings had everything, aggression, defence, big shots, doubles, and singles. He scored most of his runs in boundaries. His innings included 11 Fours and 5 sixes. 

On the other hand, Conway looked a bit slower at the start, but then changed gears as the innings went on. He scored 152 runs for 121 balls with a healthy strike rate.  Out of his 152 runs, 96 runs were scored through boundaries. 19 fours and 3 sixes helped him to chase the total in style. 

New Zeland finished the match in 36.2 overs with a healthy run rate that might come into play as the tournament progresses. England has to keep their head up in order to stay in the tournament. They failed in every department, batting, and bowling. 

A good win for New Zealand to brighten their chances for the top four. This win has boosted the confidence level of the team. They can beat any team anywhere. 

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