In the third one-day international game on Wednesday, England easily defeated New Zealand by 181 runs thanks to Ben Stokes’ record-breaking century, giving them a 2-1 series lead.
Stokes, who retired from one-day cricket last month, scored 182 runs off 124 balls, breaking Jason Roy’s previous mark of 180 and becoming England’s greatest individual scorer in the format.
The English Test captain delighted the audience at The Oval with nine sixes and 15 fours after winning the toss and deciding to bat. This helped the home team to a score of 368.
Stokes added, “It feels good to be back with the team and contribute after a while away.” We discussed applying pressure to New Zealand, particularly at the top. You want to go out there and demonstrate that as seasoned players.
After their top-order collapsed in the second ODI, Jos Buttler and his team talked “freeing themselves up… trying to be even more positive, even more aggressive,” following England’s victory on Sunday at Edgbaston.
When Jonny Bairstow was out on the first pitch of the game by Trent Boult, England’s batting lineup initially ran into problems. Two overs later, Boult struck once more, this time flawlessly removing Joe Root’s stumps.
Contrary to expectations, Stokes and David Malan managed a partnership of 199 runs before Malan was caught by Latham off a ball from Bolt for 96 runs.
Along with Jos Buttler and Liam Livingstone, Stokes also shared partnerships, but once he was dismissed, England’s bottom order swiftly fell apart as Bolt and Ben Lister took wickets.
Buttler, the captain of England, expressed his satisfaction with the team’s performance. We can keep pushing ourselves to certain levels. There is a lot of fuel left.
Boult finished with 5-51, which was his sixth ODI five-wicket haul. Adam Milne, who was injured, was replaced by Lister, who claimed three wickets.
On Friday at Lord’s, the series’ last one-day match will be played. As they get ready for the forthcoming Cricket World Cup in India next month, this series is essential for both teams.
Regarding New Zealand’s bowlers in this game, not much can be said. Trent Boult’s dismissals of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow gave them a strong start. However, the English batsmen took over the field after that, making it impossible for any bowler to succeed.
David Malan and Ben Stokes applied a lot of pressure to them in the middle phase. When he took David Malan’s wicket, Trent Boult experienced success once more. Glenn Phillips’ wicket of Jos Buttler reduced the pressure a little bit. Ben Stokes’ key dismissal by Benjamin Lister, which changed the course of the innings, was a turning point. Following that, the bowlers struggled as they allowed England to score 368 runs in total.
Trent Boult was the innings’ highlight with 5 wickets, and Benjamin Lister followed him with 3 wickets. The batsmen have a 369 run goal. Hold on to us. Grab a cup of coffee and take advantage of the break till it’s time to leave.
In this series, England has performed admirably on their home field. David Malan and Ben Stokes took over as two of their top three batters rapidly lost their positions. They controlled the innings and combined to score over 150 runs. At 96 runs, Malan was out. After scoring 150 runs, Ben Stokes carried on his blitz. Before returning to the pavilion, Jos Buttler assisted him and played a quick but impactful inning.
With 182 runs, Ben Stokes led the team in scoring. No other batsman could get a big score after his dismissal, and some outstanding death bowling from New Zealand forced England to declare. England put up a total of 382 runs on the board thanks to strong batting.