England scored 226 runs at the loss of 7 wickets to overcome New Zealand by a margin of 79 runs. Liam Livingstone was instrumental in helping England set a goal of 227 runs for New Zealand with an undefeated 95 runs. Despite Trent Boult’s 3-wicket haul and Devon Conway’s 42 runs, New Zealand was unable to reach the goal and only scored 147 runs. Daryl Mitchell led the way for New Zealand with 57 runs, but England’s potent bowling attack, spearheaded by Reece Topley’s three wicket haul for 27 runs and Chris Woakes’ three for 34 runs, ensured their triumph.
Trent Boult made a significant comeback for New Zealand in his 100th ODI, capturing three early wickets to put England in a vulnerable situation at 8 runs for three wickets. At 55 runs for five wickets when Liam Livingstone entered the fray at number seven, England was in trouble. Livingstone and Moeen Ali’s combination (48 runs), followed by Livingstone and Sam Curran’s (112 runs), helped England bounce back and set a respectable goal, nevertheless. Despite a late spate of wickets, Livingstone’s effort saved the match, and England still managed to record a respectable total.
Livingstone acknowledged that he had recently had some hardships and that getting back into shape had been difficult. He acknowledged the lack of seasoned players in the lower ranks and the challenge of settling into a new position. He was yet keen to help England win. Livingstone’s outstanding IPL record and his performance in this game justified his inclusion in England’s World Cup squad despite his previous form slip.
As soon as the game began, David Willey removed Finn Allen, ending New Zealand’s innings. Daryl Mitchell and Devon Conway put up a strong fight, but Reece Topley’s outstanding bowling performance and England’s meticulous fielding placed New Zealand in trouble. New Zealand lost their final seven wickets for just 36 runs after Topley’s second spell, which included three crucial wickets.
Trent Boult gave an early breakthrough but was unable to prevent England from reaching a respectable score after securing his central contract release during the T20 World Cup the previous year. Trent Boult then joined the New Zealand team. Liam Livingstone’s valiant century and Jos Buttler’s counterattacking innings were the two standouts of England’s batting display.
Despite a late scare from New Zealand’s bottom order trying to mount a comeback, England’s bowlers maintained composure to win easily. Prior to the 2017 World Cup, England’s performance in this game has given them more confidence. Liam Livingstone’s outstanding performance has unquestionably cemented his spot in the team.
In the second innings, England managed the situation well and made effective use of their advantage. In the opening two overs of the game, fast bowlers Chris Woakes and David Willey both claimed two wickets. Reece Topley’s delivery in the game’s 20th over brought in the defeat of the visiting squad. With three wickets (Tom Latham, Glenn Phillips, and Rachin Ravindra) taken in the space of just seven deliveries, the fast bowlers gave England the upper hand. After struggling to continue until the 34th over, New Zealand was dismissed for just 147 runs in just 26.5 overs.
Livingstone’s undefeated 95 runs earned him praise as the game’s finest player. The batsman talked on the depth of England’s batting at the post-game presentation and noted that they are gradually turning in their best performances.
Jos Buttler, the captain of England, lauded his squad and claimed that they came out with a good attitude.
“Delighted! Liam entered the game with purpose, and Curran was also excellent, so credit goes to the manner we intended to play. Because we believed our bowlers had plenty left in the tank, we wanted to exert pressure on the opposition and stretch their bowling. Everyone is very aware of their responsibilities within the team. We are fortunate that Livingstone and Curran are batting at positions 7 and 8, as they can both bat at the top. Jos Buttler added following the game,”