The Three Lions scripted a one-of-a-kind record in the opening match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 against New Zealand. This record, both remarkable and rare, witnessed all 11 players in the England lineup achieving double-digit scores—a feat that had never been seen before in the history of ODIs.
The stage for this historic clash was set at the renowned Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, where New Zealand won the toss and opted to field first.
The standout performer for England was Joe Root, who displayed steadfast determination and impeccable timing to score a magnificent innings of 77 runs off 86 deliveries. Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler also played pivotal roles, contributing 33 and 43 runs, respectively.
As the game progressed, England found themselves at a precarious position of 252-9 in 45.4 overs. However, a resilient partnership between Adil Rashid (15 not out) and Mark Wood (13 not out) defied the odds, propelling England's total to 282-9 within the allotted 50 overs.
In the bowling department, Matt Henry led New Zealand's charge, clinching three vital wickets while conceding 48 runs. Glenn Phillips also played a pivotal role by dismissing key figures like Moeen Ali and the indomitable Joe Root.
Despite the unique record, the English players aren’t happy as they suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of New Zealand.
The Black Caps dominated the match, securing victory by 9 wickets with a staggering 82 balls to spare. Devon Conway's scorching 152 off just 121 deliveries and Rachin Ravindra's 123 from 96 balls spearheaded the onslaught. The English bowlers were utterly stunned by both players' centuries.