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New Zeeland win against England

In the inaugural match of the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023, New Zealand delivered a resounding defeat to England, securing a convincing nine-wicket victory in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

The exceptional centuries crafted by Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra placed the reigning champions in a vulnerable position while pursuing a target of 283 runs. In a remarkable display of partnership, Conway and Ravindra formed an unbroken alliance, accumulating a remarkable 273 runs in just 211 deliveries for the second wicket.

Conway exhibited sheer brilliance, smashing an impressive 152 runs from 121 balls, while Ravindra contributed significantly with a well-crafted 123 runs from 96 deliveries. In contrast, England’s Joe Root managed a commendable 77 runs amidst an otherwise inconsistent performance by the defending champions. England concluded their innings at 282-9 against New Zealand in this opening fixture of the 50-over World Cup, which took place on Thursday.

In a rematch of the 2019 final, England’s typically formidable batting lineup struggled to find its rhythm. Still, Root, along with contributions from Jos Buttler (43) and Jonny Bairstow (33), managed to steer their team towards a competitive total to defend.

Root’s audacious reverse scoop for a six against Trent Boult was a highlight, but he eventually lost his wicket to Glenn Phillips while attempting another unorthodox shot, effectively extinguishing England’s hopes of reaching a total beyond 300 runs.

On a scorching afternoon at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Matt Henry emerged as a key figure for New Zealand, claiming 3-48, while their trio of spinners shared five crucial wickets.

New Zealand made the strategic decision to rest their regular captain, Kane Williamson, due to a knee injury, as well as fast bowler Tim Southee, recovering from a thumb injury sustained during surgery. Additionally, Lockie Ferguson was sidelined due to a minor injury.

On the other side, England opted to omit Ben Stokes, who was nursing a minor hip injury, with Harry Brook stepping in as his replacement. Brook, despite showcasing moments of promise, ultimately squandered his wicket in the spinner’s eventful first over after scoring 25 runs, which added to England’s woes.

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