In a resounding start to the ICC ODI World Cup in India, New Zealand sends a clear message with a convincing 9-wicket victory over England in the tournament’s opening match.
In the inaugural match of the ICC World Cup 2023, New Zealand, despite an early setback, displayed a magnificent performance as Rachin Ravindra and Devon Conway unleashed a strong onslaught, each notching up centuries against England in Ahmedabad.
Their partnership, exceeding a massive 240 runs, propelled New Zealand towards victory while chasing a target of 283, following England’s total of 282/9. Remarkably, both Ravindra and Conway achieved their half-centuries in a mere 36 balls, leaving spectators in awe of their spectacular form.
Throughout their innings, England struggled to maintain stable partnerships, with their most substantial collaboration being a 70-run effort off 72 balls by Joe Root and Jos Buttler. Root’s impressive 77 off 86 balls was the highlight, but wickets continued to fall, resulting in England posting a total of 282/9 after their allotted 50 overs.
Check out the responses from fans and players on the social media platform X, following New Zealand’s resounding victory:
Kudos to @BLACKCAPS on a fantastic win in the first match of World Cup 2023! Hats off to Conway and Ravindra for their solid centuries and to Latham for leading the team so well in Kane Williamson's absence. 🏏👏 #CWC23 #ENGvNZ #CricketWorldCup2023— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) October 5, 2023
NewZealand 🇳🇿just bazballed England 🏴 !! Some batting that by 2 left handers .Looks like toss will play a big role in this #WorldCup2023 . Batting looks easy under lights . #icccricketworldcup2023— Shreevats goswami (@shreevats1) October 5, 2023
The 2019 Cricket World Cup final between England and New Zealand is still a subject of fervent debate as one of the all-time greats. However, New Zealand has settled the score by launching strongly in the 2023 World Cup opener.
In their previous ODI World Cup clash, Ben Stokes’ unbeaten 84 disrupted New Zealand’s victory hopes, leading to a tied final that England clinched dramatically with a Super Over win based on boundary count.
Bina sweat ke jeeti hai New Zealand. What a start for their world up campaign! #ENGvNZ— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 5, 2023
Start of the #CWC23 & what a statement by New Zealand. Ravindra & Conway bringing up a 💯 each. Both in control. What a way to start?— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) October 5, 2023
Rachin Ravindra, remember the ,,,,,,,,, you know the rest. Great from himself and one of my favorite batters in the modern game across formats, Devon Conway. #ICC World Cup centuries to savor.— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) October 5, 2023
Devon Conway showed tonight he is a sharp and smart fighter. He is mentally strong and very skilful. He brings top class stroke play to the international field. Playing in ipl and with world’s best finisher Dhoni at CSK also helps. #ENGvNZ— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 5, 2023
Last Updated on October 5, 2023
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