ICC World Cup 2023 opening match | Eng vs NZ: NZ won by 9 Wickets

The ICC One Day International (ODI) World Cup started with England taking on New Zealand in the opening match of the 2023 competition. The game was payed at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, India. In 2019, England faced off against the Kiwis in the most controversial finals at the historic Lord’s. England captain Jos Buttler has confirmed that all-rounder Stokes didn’t play the match due to a hip ailment. Tim Southee and captain Kane Williamson were not available for New Zealand. England has won four times and lost five times in their last ten matches with the Kiwis.

All the details on the ICC World Cup 2023’s opening game

The 50-over Cricket World Cup (which returns after a four-year absence) is the competition’s top prize. While some teams have undergone significant change during that time, others have stuck to the winning formula from a previous World Cup cycle.

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ICC World Cup 2023: England vs. New Zealand

The ICC One Day International (ODI) World Cup resumes as the defending champions, England, took on the runners-up of the previous edition, New Zealand, in the opening match of the 2023 competition on Thursday.

Eng vs NZ – Contest Tally

# Head-to-head: England vs. New Zealand
Games: 95
England win: 44
New Zealand win: 44
Tied: 3
No result: 4

# Last five ODI matches
England: W, W, W, W, L
New Zealand: W, W, L, L, L

Match Highlights

# NZ won the toss and chose to bowl first

# Joe Root was the highest run scorer for England. He scored 77 runs.

# Apart from Root, Butler and Bairstow scored 43 runs and 33 runs respectively.

# England gave a target of 283 runs to New Zealand.

# For New Zealand, Matt Henry took 3 wickets in 10 overs.

# New Zealand came to bat and pretty much dominated the game from get-go.

# Denvon Conway and Rachin Ravindra blasted runs for New Zealand and took the match ashore for NZ.

# Both batter scored centuries. Conway scored 152*(121) while Ravindra scored 123*(96).

# New Zealand won the game in 37th over with loss of just one wicket.

# Rachin Ravindra was awarded with Player of the Match for all-round performance with bowl as well as bat.