In the inaugural Eng vs. Nz ODI, Liam Livingstone showcased his power-hitting prowess by smashing three consecutive sixes off Kyle Jamieson.
The first ODI between England and New Zealand is ongoing in Cardiff. Following the conclusion of the T20 series, both teams have shifted their focus to the longer white-ball format for a four-match series spanning eight days. With less than a month remaining until the commencement of the World Cup in India, these two sides square off in the opening match in Ahmedabad on 5th October.
In a pivotal moment during England’s innings at 227-4, Liam Livingstone showcased his power-hitting prowess by smashing three consecutive sixes off Kyle Jamieson.
Jamieson’s woes with the ball continued as he lost his line with a deceptive slower ball. Liam Livingstone capitalized on the opportunity, elegantly whipping the delivery over deep backward square for a resounding six. Livingstone unleashed his power once more, sending the next ball soaring back over Jamieson’s head for a massive six. The onslaught didn’t end there, as the very next ball was pulled ferociously over deep square leg, landing into the stands for a third consecutive six.
With this explosive display, he has silenced doubters who questioned his World Cup squad inclusion. Setting a target of 292 for New Zealand, England’s white-ball prowess was evident, even if it wasn’t the explosive spectacle.
Roy and Bairstow were sidelined due to a back spasm and shoulder injury, respectively. New Zealand opted to bowl after winning the toss. In a late-innings burst, Willey contributed an unbeaten 21 off just 11 deliveries. Livingstone scored 52, Buttler notched up 72, and Stokes, in his return, contributed 52. England posted a competitive total of 291-6, featuring four half-centuries from Root (6), Brook (25), Malan (54), and Livingstone.
Four distinct half-centuries, each with its own tempo, propelled them close to the 300-run mark. England, content with their total, has thrown down the gauntlet. New Zealand, on the other hand, embraces the challenge of the chase. At the midway point, the stage is elegantly set for a thrilling second act in this ODI clash.
Last Updated on September 8, 2023
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