The Black Caps, led by Tom Latham, delivered a stunning performance against defending champions England, winning by nine wickets. The English team, known for their potent batting prowess, were limited to 282/9. The Black Caps then chased down the target with 82 balls remaining, courtesy of a record-breaking partnership between Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra.
Commendable Bowling Performance Sets the Stage
Latham lauded the fantastic performance of his team, particularly highlighting the significant role played by the bowlers in setting up the victory. He praised the efforts of seamers Matt Henry and Trent Boult, who managed to keep the aggressive English batting line-up in check. The ability to take wickets at crucial junctures and deliver tough overs was instrumental in restricting England to a below-par score.
Historic First Innings for England
Despite the loss, England made history with all 11 batters reaching double figures in the first innings, a first in ODI cricket. However, only Joe Root managed to cross the 50-run mark. The New Zealand bowling attack’s performance was even more commendable considering the absence of key players like Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, and captain Kane Williamson due to injuries.
Conway and Ravindra’s Record-Breaking Partnership
In response to England’s score, the Black Caps dominated the game after the early dismissal of Will Young. Conway and Ravindra formed an unbeaten partnership of 273 runs, setting a new record for the highest partnership in tournament history for New Zealand.
Ravindra’s Fastest ODI Century for New Zealand
Ravindra’s maiden ODI century, achieved in just 82 balls, set a new record for the fastest century by a New Zealander in a 50-over World Cup. This feat surpassed the previous record set by Conway just a few overs earlier.
England’s Seamers Under Fire
England’s seamers bore the brunt of the onslaught, with runs pouring in at an alarming rate during the powerplay. However, Latham insisted that the aggressive batting was a reaction to the bowling rather than a premeditated strategy.
Ravindra’s Debut at No.3
Latham reserved special praise for Ravindra, who delivered an outstanding performance in his debut at No.3 in an ODI. Latham expressed his pride in Ravindra’s performance and looked forward to celebrating the achievement.
Ravindra Shares Player of the Match Honours
Ravindra, who was named Player of the Match, was quick to share the credit with his batting partner Conway. He appreciated the bowlers’ efforts in restricting England to 280 and acknowledged Conway’s guidance at the crease.