The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 got off to a thrilling start with New Zealand taking on the Netherlands in the second match of the tournament at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, India. New Zealand were the favorites to win the match, but the Netherlands were determined to give them a good run for their money.
New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. They got off to a good start, with Will Young and Devon Conway putting on a 50-run partnership for the first wicket.
New Zealand Performance:
Extras:13(NB 2, W 8 ,LB 3)
Total Runs:322(7 WKTS,50 OV)
New Zealand Batting
New Zealand got off to a good start, with Will Young and Devon Conway putting on a 50-run partnership for the first wicket. Conway was dismissed for 26, but Young continued to bat well and scored a half-century.
New Zealand lost a few wickets in the middle overs, but they managed to recover and post a total of 322/7 in their 50 overs. Glenn Phillips was the top scorer for New Zealand with 70 runs, while Will Young scored 59 runs.
New Zealand Bowling
The New Zealand bowlers also bowled well, especially in the death overs. Trent Boult took three wickets, while Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson took two wickets each.
Extras:4(NB 1,W2,LB 1)
Total Runs:223(4 WKTS)
The Netherlands got off to a bad start, losing their first three wickets for just 40 runs. Colin Ackermann and Bas de Leede tried to rebuild the innings, but they were both dismissed in quick succession.
The Netherlands batsmen continued to lose wickets at regular intervals, and they were eventually bowled out for 223 runs in 46.3 overs.
The Netherlands bowlers did a good job of containing the New Zealand batsmen, especially in the middle overs. Timm van der Gugten was the pick of the Netherlands bowlers with three wickets, while Logan van Beek and Bas de Leede took two wickets each.
Player of the Match:
Mitchell Santner was named the Player of the Match for his all-round performance. He scored 40 runs with the bat and took five wickets with the ball.
New Zealand won the match by 99 runs, thanks to their all-round performance. They batted well to post a competitive total, and then bowled well to bowl out the Netherlands for 223 runs.
The New Zealand victory was a good start to their World Cup campaign. They will be looking to continue their winning momentum in their next match against England.