ODI cricket has always has been of great enjoyment to the cricket fans over the years. The 50 over format of the game has more or less been majorly sucessful in terms of keeping the spectators at the edge of their seats throughout the duration of a game. Each of the two teams that are battling it out on the field need to have brilliant knowledge of the game and proper execution of their plans to make things happen for themselves.
Moreover it is this format of the game which is a perfect mix of the T20Is and Tests. The ICC cricket World Cup 2023 that has begun today provided the fans with yet another wonderful opportunity to enjoy the highest quality of cricket on the biggest possible stage. The opening match of the tournament that was being played between England and New Zealand involved a particular thing that has well and truly rewritten the ODI records yet again for the first time ever in this format’s history so far.
England were put in to bat first by New Zealand after having lost the toss. The English batters did their part as the side finished with a score of 282/9 in their 50 overs. However the most interesting part of the English innings was that each of the 11 batters had registered double digit scores individually. It was the first time ever in the history of ODI cricket that all the batters of a team had reached double figures in a match. The fact that this has happened for the first time in 4658 ODI matches is truly remarkable.
To talk about England’s innings, the team started off fairly well despite losing Malan early on in the innings. Joe root was the top scorer for his side as he notched a brilliant 77 run knock of 86 balls. His innings included four fours and a six. Just when England were close to being bundled after having been reduced to 252/9 in the 46th over, a brilliant partnership between Mark Wood and Adil Rashid for the final wicket helped England reach a decent total. The duo added 30 runs for the final wicket as England ended with 282/9. It remains to be seen as to whether England is able to defend the total or New Zealand comes out on top.