Cricket Info ICC World Cup 2023: Devon Conway-Rachin Ravindra’s Top-Class Show, England Stunned by All Four, NZ Registers a Resounding Win”
The ICC World Cup 2023 commenced with a bang as New Zealand delivered a sensational performance. In the opening match of the tournament played at the Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad, the Kiwi team handed a resounding 9-wicket defeat to the defending champions, England.
New Zealand cheerfully achieved the target of 283 runs set by the English team, losing just one wicket in a mere 36.2 overs. Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra, on behalf of the team, played century innings and also settled the score of their defeat in the 2019 World Cup final.
New Zealand’s Explosive Victory:
New Zealand embarked on the chase of 283 runs but faced an initial stumble. Will Young became Sam Curran’s victim in just the second over, without opening the account. However, following this, Rachin Ravindra, who joined Devon Conway at the crease, wreaked havoc. The potent English bowling attack crumbled in front of Conway and Ravindra. The Kiwi duo struck numerous fours and sixes at the Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium, establishing a record unbroken partnership of 273 runs for the second wicket.
Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra together created quite the storm. Conway achieved his first century of the World Cup 2023 in just 83 balls. Simultaneously, Ravindra became the fastest century-maker for the Kiwi team in the history of the World Cup, reaching the milestone in 82 balls. Conway remained unbeaten after scoring 152 runs, whereas Rachin played an unbeaten inning of 123 runs.
England’s Batting Order Disappoints:
Before losing the toss and coming in to bat, only Joe Root from England could stand up against New Zealand’s bowlers. Root batted well and played a strong innings, accumulating 77 runs. Meanwhile, Captain Jos Buttler contributed 43 runs. However, apart from these two, no English batsman managed to shine. While Jonny Bairstow and Harry Brook failed to capitalize on good starts, Moeen Ali and Livingston also fell short of expectations.