Kennington Oval. The England cricket team defeated the New Zealand cricket team by 181 runs in the third match of the ODI series played at Kennington Oval on Wednesday night. With this victory, England has taken a 2-1 lead in the 4-match ODI series. This is England’s second biggest win in terms of runs in ODI cricket against the Kiwis.
Batting first after losing the toss, England scored 368 runs losing all 10 wickets in 48.1 overs. Ben Stokes (182) scored the most runs for the team. The New Zealand team, which came into the field to chase the target, could score only 187 runs after losing all the wickets in 39 overs and lost the match. Glenn Phillips scored the highest 72 runs for New Zealand. Chris Woakes took 3 wickets for England.
While chasing the target, the Kiwi team was seen faltering from the very beginning. On the score of 18, the team got its first blow in the form of Will Young (12). By the time the score reached 37, Devon Conway (9), Henry Nicholls (4) and Tom Latham (3) were also out. The highest partnership (57) was between Kyle Jamieson (14) and Glenn Phillips for the 7th wicket. Phillips struggled, scoring 72 runs in 76 balls but it proved insufficient.
Stokes also completed his 3,000 runs in ODI cricket during this match. He became the 19th batsman from England to reach this figure in this format. This milestone was achieved in the 93rd innings.
Top order batsman David Malan played a big role in taking the team to a huge score by playing a brilliant innings in this match. Malan was unlucky and missed scoring the 5th century of his ODI career by just 4 runs. Batting at a strike rate of 101.05, he scored 96 runs in 95 balls. He also hit 12 fours and one six in the innings.
In this match, Stokes became the batsman who played the best individual innings for England in ODI cricket. In this case he broke the record of Jason Roy (180). Batting at a strike rate of 146.77, he scored 182 runs in 124 balls. In this innings he hit 15 fours and 9 sixes. This was the fourth century of his ODI career. He has also scored 22 half-centuries in this format so far.
Fast bowler Trent Boult gave a memorable performance in this match. He made 5 batsmen of the opposing team his victims. This bowler bowled at an economy rate of 5.60 and dismissed 5 batsmen, giving away 51 runs in a spell of 9.1 overs.