ICC World Cup 2023: NZ thrashes ENG by 9 wkts

Devon Conway (152*) and Rachin Ravindra (123*)-led New Zealand to victory by 9 wickets against England. The Kiwis crushed the defending champions as England bowlers had no clue how to deal with the massive storms named Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra. 

Sam Curran started well for England’s bowling as he dismissed opener Will Young early and bowled two consecutive maiden overs. The New Zealand batters- Devon Conway and Racin Ravindra are relatively silent against Sam Curran.

Defending champions England’s batters struggled on a sluggish pitch and made a below-par 282 for nine against New Zealand in the World Cup opener here on Thursday.

Asked to bat first, England were served well by Joe Root’s 86-ball 77 but other batsmen were shackled by pacer Matt Henry (3/46), left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner (2/37) and part-time spinner Glenn Phillips (2/17).

There were useful knocks by Jonny Bairstow (33) and captain Jos Buttler (43), but they failed to kick on against the 2019 finalists, who were led by stand-in captain Tom Latham.


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