In the first match of the ICC One Day World Cup in Ahmedabad, England challenged New Zealand by 283 runs for victory.
While chasing him, New Zealand’s Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra have both scored centuries.
Devon Conway has become the first century player in this year’s World Cup. He completed his fifth ODI century in 83 balls. He hit 13 fours and 2 sixes in this innings.
After that, Rachin Ravindra also scored a century. He hit 9 fours and 4 sixes while crossing the century mark in 82 balls. This is Rachin’s first century in ODI career.
In fact, chasing the target of 283 runs, New Zealand got off to a poor start. Will Young also failed to open an account. He was dismissed by Sam Karan.
After that, Rachin Ravindra, who came to bat, attacked England’s bowlers by playing aggressively. Ravindra and Devon Conway took advantage of the power play and took New Zealand to a strong position.
Who is Rachin Ravindra?
Rachin Ravindra has become the youngest New Zealand batsman to score a century in the World Cup. He has recorded this record at the age of 23.
Rachin is of Indian origin and is an all-rounder in the New Zealand team. His father is an engineer and settled in New Zealand from Bangalore in the 1990s.
It is named after the names of great Indian sportsmen Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar.
Rachin made his Test debut in 2021 against India in Kanpur. In the very first match, he avoided the defeat of New Zealand by playing hard.
Rachin got an opportunity to make his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in March this year. He grabbed everyone’s attention by scoring 49 runs in his debut match.
Considering his usefulness on the Indian pitch, Ravindra got the ticket to the World Cup. Before this tournament, he played an all-round performance of 61 runs and 4 wickets in the ODI against England at Lord’s.
Rachin started at No.3 for the first time for New Zealand in a warm-up match against Pakistan before the World Cup. He scored 97 against Pakistan.
In the very first match of the World Cup, Rachin got an opportunity to play at number three. Taking advantage of this opportunity, he scored a powerful century against England.
Root laid the foundations of England’s innings
Before that, England, the last time winners, reached 282 runs for 9 on the strength of Joe Root’s half-century.
In this match, New Zealand won the toss and invited England to bat. Jonny Bairstow opened his team’s account by hitting Trent Boult for a six off the second ball.
But Bairstow bounced back for 33 runs. Then after digesting the setbacks that England faced in the beginning, Joe Root kept one side. He kept the scoreboard moving without taking any risk.
Root top scored with 77 off 86 balls with 4 fours and a six. This is the first half-century in this World Cup.
Captain Jos Buttler scored 43 runs. Root and Buttler shared a partnership of 70 runs for the fifth wicket.
But New Zealand’s Matt Henry broke the pair by dismissing Buttler for 43 runs. Root’s attempt to hit part-time bowler Glenn Phillips misfired and was bowled. Phillips also dismissed Moeen Ali.
England’s Adil Rashid and Mark Wood put on a crucial partnership of 30 runs for the last wicket.
New Zealand’s Matt Henry became the first bowler to take a wicket in this year’s World Cup. In the eighth over of the match, Henry dismissed England’s David Malan for 14 runs.
Henrich became New Zealand’s most successful bowler in the match. He took 3 wickets. While Mitchell Santner took 2 wickets giving only 37 runs in 10 overs.
Glenn Phillips took 2 wickets while Trent Boult got 1 wicket.
Why Narendra Modi stadium remained empty?
The match which is being held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad does not seem to have gathered enough crowd. The same is being discussed on social media.
It is a mid-week day and India are not playing, so there is talk that there may have been less crowd for the match.
The exact number of seats filled in this 1,32,000-seat stadium is not yet available.
Meanwhile, the spectators in the stands are less, but the enthusiasm of the players on the field has not been affected. On the strength of Joe Root’s half-century, England has crossed the two-hundred-run mark in the match.
This record happened in this match
The first run of the World Cup came from a six. England’s Bairstow opened his team’s account by hitting Trent Boult for a six on the second ball of the first over.
All 11 England players scored double-digit runs. This is the first time in the history of international cricket that all 11 batsmen scored double-digit runs in an innings. Jos Buttler’s team has registered this record.
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