England wrapped up an exciting four-match ODI series against New Zealand with a convincing victory at Lord’s, securing the series 3-1. The match was highlighted by Moeen Ali’s superb four-wicket haul and a spectacular century from Dawid Malan.
Moeen Ali was the star of the day for England, delivering a brilliant performance with the ball, claiming four crucial wickets while conceding just 50 runs. His exceptional bowling display proved instrumental in bundling out the Kiwis.
Dawid Malan, on the other hand, provided a batting masterclass, scoring a magnificent century. Malan’s innings of 127 runs from 114 balls was the cornerstone of England’s innings and played a pivotal role in setting a competitive target for New Zealand.
Despite New Zealand all-rounder Rachin Ravindra’s valiant effort, where he both took four wickets and notched up a half-century, it was not enough to secure a win for his team.
Chasing a target of 312, New Zealand faced early setbacks. Devon Conway was run out for just 7 runs off 12 balls, followed by the loss of Will Young at 24. Daryl Mitchell’s wicket fell as he was dismissed by a lethal delivery from Carse, leaving New Zealand at 53/3 after 12 overs.
Henry Nicholls and Tom Latham attempted to steady the innings, but their partnership was short-lived. Tom Latham lost his wicket at 22, and Ali quickly took his second breakthrough by dismissing Henry Nicholls at 41 in the 24.5 overs.
As the required run rate climbed to over 8 runs per over, Glenn Phillips tried to accelerate the innings but was caught by Brook off a delivery from Liam Livingstone. Ali sealed his four-wicket haul in the 35th over by dismissing Matt Henry and Kyle Jamieson in consecutive deliveries.
The New Zealand innings came to a close when Curran dismissed the last remaining batsman, Rachin Ravindra, at 61.
In their innings, England lost their first wicket early when Jonny Bairstow was dismissed by Matt Henry for 13 runs. However, England’s middle-order batsmen, Joe Root and Dawid Malan, orchestrated a solid partnership, guiding England to 100 runs in 20 overs. Malan reached his fifty in 50 balls.
Rachin Ravindra managed to break the Root-Malan partnership by dismissing Joe Root, who scored 29 runs off 40 balls. Ravindra struck again, this time removing Harry Brook.
Dawid Malan continued his sublime form and reached his century in the 32nd over off 96 balls. Jos Buttler made an impactful cameo with 36 runs before being dismissed by Mitchell.
Malan’s impressive innings eventually concluded when Ravindra bowled a wide ball that nicked the bat. David Willey also fell quickly after being dismissed by Mitchell for 19 runs in the last over.
The series win against New Zealand provides England with a boost of confidence as they continue their preparations for future cricketing challenges.
- England 311/9 (Dawid Malan 127, Jos Buttler, Rachin Ravindra 4-60)
- New Zealand 211 (Rachin Ravindra 61, Henry Nicholls 41, Moeen Ali 4-50).