New Zealand defeats England in World Cup opener

Srinagar October 6 (KNS):  The first match of the 2023 ODI World Cup comes to an end, with New Zealand thrashing reigning champions England by nine wickets in Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium.

England were resoundingly beaten by New Zealand in the opening match of the 2023 Men’s Cricket World Cup, the Black Caps besting the defending champions by nine wickets.

After England posted a pretty pedestrian 282-9 from their 50 overs, having been put into bat, New Zealand romped to victory in 36.2 overs, with Devon Conway (152no) and Rachin Ravindra (123no) both notching scintillating centuries on their World Cup debuts.

Sam Curran (1-47) had taken the wicket of Will Young (0) with his first ball, but Chris Woakes and Mark Wood went round the park at the other end as Conway and Ravindra brought up the New Zealand 100 to start the 13th over.

England had no answer to the blistering run-scoring, the Kiwi pair serenely going through to three figures, with Conway reaching 150 shortly before New Zealand clinched a most emphatic of opening victories.

New Zealand win the 2023 World Cup opener against reigning champions England by nine wickets! A massive victory for the Black Caps, clinched with 82 balls to spare.(KNS)

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