Black Caps dominating win in CWC 2023: Decoding the fascinating facts of NZ vs ENG 1st match CWC 2023

The ICC World Cup 2023 starts off with a bang on 5th October 2023 at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad (Gujarat) and it would be interesting to know about the Black Caps dominating win in CWC 2023 (Cricket World Cup 2023) with a best enjoying experience. The NZ vs ENG 1st match CWC 2023 proved to be a one-sided war as New Zealand registered their first dominating win against the defending champions “England” in this tournament with a massive 9-wicket win.

NZ vs ENG 1st match CWC 2023
NZ vs ENG 1st match CWC 2023

Black Caps Dominating Win in CWC 2023:What was the Playing XI for the NZ vs ENG 1st match CWC 2023

Here is the detailed information about the playing XI for the NZ vs ENG 1st match CWC 2023:

ENGLAND PLAYING XI: 

PlayerRoleBowling Style
Jonny BairstowBatsman / Wicket-keeperNA
Dawid MalanBatsmanNA
Joe RootBatsmanNA
Harry BrookBatsmanNA
Jos Buttler (C)Batsman / Wicket-keeperNA
Liam LivingstoneAll-rounderRight arm leg-spin Bowler
Moeen AliAll-rounderRight arm leg-spin Bowler
Sam CurranAll-rounderMedium fast Bowler
Chris WoakesAll-rounderMedium fast Bowler
Adil RashidBowlerRight-arm leg spin Bowler
Mark WoodBowlerFast Bowler

NEW ZEALAND PLAYING XI: 

Player RoleBowling Style
Devon ConwayBatsman/ Wicket KeeperNA
Will YoungBatsmanNA
Rachin RavindraAll-rounderLeft-arm spin bowler
Daryl MitchellAll-rounderMedium pace bowler
Tom Latham (C)Batsman/ Wicket KeeperNA
Glenn PhillipsBatsman/ Wicket KeeperNA
Mark ChapmanAll-rounderLeft-arm spin bowler
James NeeshamAll-rounder Medium- Fast bowler
Mitchell SantnerAll-rounderLeft-arm spin bowler
Matt HenryBowlerMedium- Fast Bowler
Trent BoultBowlerMedium-Fast Bowler

After scrutinizing the above playing XI for England vs New Zealand 1st match of ICC World Cup 2023, here are the important facts that you need to know:

  1. New Zealand has played with the best combination of 5 all-rounders such as Daryl Mitchell, Rachin Ravindra,  Mark Chapman, James Neesham, and Mitchell Santner.  Whereas England has preferred to include only 3 all-rounders in their playing XI such as Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, and Chris Woakes. 
  2. New Zealand’s bowling attack ( along with all-rounders ) includes a combination of 3 left-arm spin bowlers and 3 medium-fast bowlers. In contrast, England’s bowling attack against the Black Caps includes a combination of 3 Leg spin bowlers, 2 medium pace- bowlers, and 1 fast bowler. 

Black Caps Dominating Win in CWC 2023: Interesting Highlights of NZ vs ENG 1st match CWC 2023

New Zealand skipper Tom Latham’s decision to bat first after winning the toss ensured that New Zealand Batsmen have the convenience of chasing the target under the lights.

Also, the pitch conditions at Narendra Modi Stadium seemed to be favorable for the teams batting at this venue.

England Batting: 

England batting first at this venue succumbed to a collapsing beginning of this tournament against the Black Caps by losing three early wickets of their batsmen such as:

  1. Dawid Malan ( 14 runs from 24 balls- including 2 fours): At 40-1 in 7.4 overs
  2. Jonny Bairstow (33 runs from 35 balls- including 4 fours and 1 six): At 64-2 in 12.5 overs
  3. Harry Brook ( 25 runs from 16 balls- including 4 fours and 1 six): At  94-3 in 16.5 overs

Joe Root’s controlled performance of 77 runs from 86 balls ( including 4 fours and 1 six) along with England skipper Jos Buttler playing a supportive knock of 43 runs from 42 balls ( including 2 fours and 2 sixes)  recovered England’s innings from a collapsing start.

At one stage, England seemed to be in a favorable position to surpass the 300-run mark against New Zealand. However,  New Zealand’s effective bowling performance ensured to curtail England from posting a high total by dismissing their key batsmen Jos Buttler at 188-5 in 33.2 overs and Joe Root at 229-7 in 41.1 Overs.  

Black caps dominating win in CWC 2023: England Batsmen Jos Buttler and Joe Root steady Performance
Blackcaps dominating win in CWC 2023: England Skipper Jos Buttler (left) and England Batsman Joe Root (Right) delivered a Steady Performance in England vs New Zealand World Cup 2023 match

New Zealand restricted England to a total of 282-9 in 50 overs with the brilliant efforts of their bowlers :

  1. Matt Henry’s fantastic spell of 48-3 in 10 overs (includes 1 maiden over) 
  2. Glenn Phillips 17-2 by bowling just 3 overs includes an important wicket of England’s top-scoring batsman Joe Root. 
  3. Mitchell Santner’s amazing performance of 37-2 in 10 overs 
  4. Trend Boult’s 48-1 in 10 overs 
  5. Rachin Ravindra’s 76-1 in 10 overs

NZ vs ENG 1st Match CWC 2023: Decoding England’s score of 282-9 in 50 overs 

Here is the breakdown of England’s 1st innings score of  282-9 in 50 overs split into 10 overs intervals:

  • 0 to 10 overs: 51-1
  • 10 to 20 overs: 61-2 ( England’s score at 20 overs: 112-3) 
  • 20 to 30 overs: 105-2 ( England’s score at 30 overs: 166-4) 
  • 30 to 40 overs: 58-2( England’s score at 40 overs: 224-6) 
  • 40 to 50 overs: 58-3( England’s score at 50 overs: 282-9) 

After scrutinizing the above stats of England’s batting performance, we can observe that England scored only 58 runs in the last 10 overs of the 1st innings by losing 3 wickets. At the same time, England scored a maximum of 105 runs by losing 2 wickets.

An interesting observation gathered from the above information indicates that England scored 58 runs during the transition of 30 to 40 overs and 40 to 50 overs.

New Zealand Batting: 

In Contrast, New Zealand’s strong batting line-up proved to be a one-sided battle against the defending champions, showcasing their dominant show with the bat.

Initially, England’s medium fast bowler Sam Curran was successful in dismissing New Zealand’s opening batsman Will Young ( 0 runs from 1 ball) at 10-1 in 1.1 overs.

Though situations seemed to be under control according to the defending champions, New Zealand opening batsman Devon Conway guided the young middle-order batsman Rachin Ravindra to move the game forward in a steady manner that resulted in a higher powerplay score compared to England.

Here is the comparison of the powerplay score during the first 10 overs of both England and New Zealand :

  1. England: 51-1
  2. New Zealand: 81-1

New Zealand’s Opening Batsman Devon Conway made his career-best ODI score by playing an unbeaten knock of 152 runs from 121 balls( including 19 fours and 3 sixes). The young talented New Zealand Batsman Rachin Ravindra gave his best performance by scoring his first international century against the defending champions, celebrating a great start to his World Cup debut.

Rachin Ravindra’s quickfire knock of 123 runs from 96 balls ( including 11 fours and 5 sixes)  raised difficult challenges for England bowlers. Dewon Conway’s and Rachin Ravindra’s career-best ODI centuries accelerated New Zealand to a comfortable run chase by reaching the target of 283-1 in just 36.2 overs with a thumping 9-wicket  and more than 14 overs to spare.

Black Caps dominating win in CWC 2023
Black Caps dominating win in CWC 2023: Devon Convay (Left) and Rachin Ravindra (Right)

During the start of the 2nd innings, England bowler Sam Curran seemed to be in his best form by bowing 2 successive maiden overs. But, he was unable to control the destructive 273-run partnership of the New Zealand batsmen which resulted in conceding 47 runs in 6 overs.

With this huge-margin victory against the defending champions, New Zealand starts their ICC World Cup 2023 campaign with a strong run rate aiming to strengthen their position at the top of the points table.

Black caps dominating win in CWC 2023: NZ vs ENG 1st match CWC 2023
Blackcaps dominating win in CWC 2023: NZ vs ENG 1st match CWC 2023

NZ vs ENG 1st Match CWC 2023: Decoding New Zealand’s score of 283-1 in 36.2 overs

Here is the breakdown of New Zealand’s 2nd innings score of  283-1 in 36.2 overs score split into 10 overs intervals:

  • 0 to 10 overs: 81-1
  • 10 to 20 overs: 73-0 ( New Zealand’s score at 20 overs: 154-1) 
  • 20 to 30 overs: 57-0 ( New Zealand’s score at 30 overs: 211-1) 
  • 30 to 40 overs: 72-0( New Zealand’s score at 36.2 overs: 283-1) 

According to the above information, New Zealand scored a maximum of 72 runs in just 6.2 overs without any loss of wicket ( between 30 to 36.2 overs of the match)

Black Caps dominating win in CWC 2023: A Perfect Response to England for ICC World Cup 2019 finals

New Zealand delivered a perfect response to the defending champions “England”.  The winner of the ICC World Cup 2019 finals match was declared based on the boundary count (total number of fours and sixes hit by the team)  after the result between NZ vs ENG finals match was concluded in a tie even after conducting a Super Over (both teams scored 241 runs in 50 overs).

Here is the best response by the New Zealand Batsmen to the Defending Champions based on the boundary count:

1. Boundary Count For NZ VS ENG CWC 2019 finals match: 

  • England: 22 Fours and 2 Sixes
  • New Zealand: 14 fours and 2 Sixes

England was declared the champions of the ICC World Cup 2019 by scoring 8 additional boundaries against New Zealand

2. Boundary Count For NZ VS ENG 1st match CWC 2023: 

  • England: 21 Fours and 6 Sixes
  • New Zealand: 30 Fours and 8 Sixes

Black Caps dominating win in CWC 2023: NZ vs ENG 1st match CWC 2023 Interesting Records by Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra 

New Zealand’s thunderous 9-wicket win against England marked many new impressive and special records that are listed below:

  1. Devon Conway becomes the fastest New Zealand batsman to reach 1000 ODI runs ( scored 1,026 ODI runs to date) by playing just 22 innings.
  2. Rachin Ravindra is the 3rd youngest batsman to score an ODI century on World Cup debut.
  3. Devon Conway records his highest ODI score of 152 runs from 121 balls.
  4. This is the fourth-highest partnership in ICC World Cup matches between Dewon Conway and Rachin Ravindra by maintaining a 273-run stand.
  5. Devon Conway (32 years)  is the 2nd most-aged batsman to score an ODI century on his World Cup debut.
  6. This is the first highest partnership (an unbeaten 274 run-stand) for New Zealand against their opposition in World Cup matches. Also, this is the first time, New Zealand Batsmen have maintained above 200-run partnership in World Cup Matches. 
  7. Rachin Ravindra made use of the opportunity provided for the replacement of New Zealand Batsman Lockie Ferguson, due to a slight injury.
  8. This is the highest partnership for New Zealand against England in ODI matches. Also,
  9. New Zealand records a huge win against any opposition in World Cup matches with 82 balls remaining.
  10. Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra are the only batsmen to achieve their first ODI centuries simultaneously in the World Cup while playing together in the same match.
  11. This is the first time that both New Zealand batsmen have scored OSI centuries against their opposition in World Cup matches.
  12. It would be interesting to know that New Zealand has won all 3 World Cup matches playing at this venue (Ahmedabad) in 1996, 2011, and 2023.
  13. This is the 2nd highest margin of victory by 9 wickets that New Zealand has achieved against their opposition at this venue(Ahmedabad) in World Cup matches, followed by a massive 10-wicket against Zimbabwe in ICC World Cup 2011.
  14. Rachin Ravindra becomes the first New Zealand batsman to score a maiden ODI century in World Cup matches.
  15. Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra guided New Zealand to surpass the record of the Indian Cricket Team by chasing a target of above 250 runs in the ICC World Cup with 82 balls to spare by maintaining a huge margin of victory.
  16. Devon Conway becomes the fourth-highest-scoring batsman in the ODI World Cup Debut.
Black Caps Dominating Win in CWC 2023: Interesting Records of Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra in NZ vs ENG 1st match CWC 2023
Black Caps Dominating Win in CWC 2023: Amazing Records of Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra in NZ vs ENG 1st match CWC 2023

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