Cricket World Cup 2023, ENG vs NZ: What an epic start to the 2023 ODI World Cup we have had at Ahmedabad’s iconic Narendra Modi Stadium where New Zealand annihilated the defending champions England beating them by 9 wickets on Thursday (October 5). Riding on sensational knocks from Rachin Ravindra and Devon Conway, the Black Caps reached their target of 283 runs in just 36.2 overs.

It was a sensational performance from the 2019 finalists as they were without their permanent captain Kane Williamson, key pacer Tim Southee, and first-choice spinner Ish Sodhi in this contest. Stand-in skipper Tom Lathan rotated the batting lineup with Ravindra coming in early and it became a masterstroke for his side on Thursday.

Fans went crazy on social media after New Zealand defeated the mighty team of England led by Jos Buttler, who was left clueless once New Zealand got going.

Checkout the fan reactions here:

World Cup squads

England squad: Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w/c), Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Harry Brook, Gus Atkinson, Reece Topley, David Willey.

New Zealand squad: Devon Conway, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Tom Latham(w/c), Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Mitchell Santner, James Neesham.

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