Twitter Reactions: Ben Stokes’ record breaking knock steers England to a resounding win over New Zealand in 3rd ODI
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Twitter Reactions: Ben Stokes’ record breaking knock steers England to a resounding win over New Zealand in 3rd ODI

In the third ODI match of the New Zealand tour of England 2023, England showcased their batting prowess by amassing an imposing total of 368 runs. Ben Stokes’ breathtaking knock of 182 runs off 124 balls took center stage, overshadowing previous records and propelling England to a commanding position.

England’s Innings

England won the toss and opted to bat, setting the stage for a high-scoring showdown at Kennington Oval. However, the hosts faced an early setback when opener Jonny Bairstow was dismissed for a golden duck in the very first over. Despite this, England found its stride as Dawid Malan contributed a steady 96 runs off 95 deliveries, anchoring the innings with 12 fours and a six.

Captain Joe Root chipped in with four runs, while Jos Buttler provided crucial support with 38 runs off 24 balls, including six fours and a six. Liam Livingstone and Moeen Ali could score just 11 and 12 runs, respectively.

Yet, it was Stokes who stole the spotlight with his remarkable knock. His record-breaking knock featured a staggering 182 runs, laced with 15 fours and nine towering sixes. His scintillating performance not only anchored England’s innings but also set a new record as the highest individual ODI score for England, surpassing Jason Roy‘s 180.

New Zealand’s Bowling Effort

Facing England’s onslaught, New Zealand’s bowlers found the going tough. Trent Boult was the pick of the bowlers, claiming five wickets while conceding 51 runs. Ben Lister also made an impact, securing three crucial wickets for 69 runs. Lockie Ferguson and Glenn Phillips each managed to take a wicket, but they struggled to contain England’s rampant batting lineup.

England All Out for 368

England’s innings concluded at 368 runs for the loss of all ten wickets in 48.1 overs, leaving New Zealand with a daunting target of 369 runs to win.

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New Zealand’s Challenging Chase

Facing a daunting target of 369 runs for victory, New Zealand encountered a stern challenge from England’s bowling attack. The New Zealand batting lineup struggled to find its rhythm, with only Glenn Phillips providing resistance. Phillips played a valiant innings of 72 runs off 76 balls, including five fours and two sixes.

Despite his efforts, New Zealand could only muster a total of 187 runs before being bowled out in the 39th over. England’s bowlers exhibited commendable discipline, with Chris Woakes (3/31) and Liam Livingstone (3/16) leading the charge.

The Result and Player of the Match

England clinched a convincing victory, winning the match by a staggering margin of 181 runs. Stokes’s sensational performance earned him the well-deserved title of Player of the Match.

Here are some best tweets from England vs New Zealand 3rd ODI:

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