ENG vs NZ 2023: Malan, Moeen Star as England Crush New Zealand by 100 Runs to Clinch Series 3-1
England beat New Zealand by 100 runs in the fourth one-day international on Friday, giving them a spirit boost before their World Cup title defence. England won the series 3-1, which was a big win for them.
The powerful team led by Jos Buttler owes a lot to starter Dawid Malan, who scored a sparkling 127 off 114 balls as part of a total of 311/9 from 50 overs at Lord's.
England beat New Zealand in a shocking way in the 2019 World Cup final, which was played on the same pitch. New Zealand had a hard time getting runs, and they were out after 38.2 overs with 211 runs.
Both teams were missing a number of their best players for this match, which was a dress practise for the first game of the World Cup on October 5 in Ahmedabad. Buttler thinks that his team has a good chance of keeping their 50-over title in India.
"I think our style of play has gotten better and better as the series has gone on, and the results have shown that," he said.
"Dawid Malan has played amazingly well. Whenever he gets a chance, he makes his mark." That hundred was great. He understood the game very well and put pressure on the bowlers.
"I think we're in a good place before the World Cup. We are not defending anything. "Like everyone else, we will try to win a World Cup."
England's total looked good, but Buttler did a great job of getting rid of Devon Conway with a straight hit. Then, David Willey caught Will Young behind for 24.
When Brydon Carse bowled Daryl Mitchell with his third ball, the guests' score dropped to 52-3.
Moeen Ali, an off-spinner, finished with 4-50. He got rid of Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls, which brought New Zealand's score down to 122-5. Ali tightened the screws. In the next two balls, he got rid of Kyle Jamieson and Matt Henry, leaving the Black Caps on the edge at 169-8.
All-rounder Rachin Ravindra hit some big shots, but when he was bowled by Sam Curran for 61 runs off 48 balls, the innings was over because Tim Southee was hurt and couldn't play.
Latham, the captain of New Zealand, said that his team would have to get better if it wanted to end England's reign as world winner.
"At the World Cup, things are a little different," he said. "It depends on who shows up. It showed us where we need to improve, and it's good to play a good team."
Malan gets the
Malan, who was named player of the series, led England's innings after they won the toss, making the most of his chance at the top of the order since Jason Roy was still hurt. Southee, a pitcher from New Zealand, hurt his thumb when he hit Joe Root.
Later, a New Zealand team spokesman revealed that Southee had dislocated and broken a bone in his right thumb. This makes it unlikely that he will be able to play in the World Cup.
Harry Brook, who wasn't on England's draught World Cup team, didn't do a good job filling in for Ben Stokes while he was resting. He was out for 10 and gave Ravindra his second wicket.
Malan hit 96 runs in the third ODI. He got to 100 with a whipped shot for two on the leg side in the 32nd over.
Buttler was soon caught at mid-off for 36, putting England's score at 195-4 and slowing down their progress.
Malan was finally out for 127 when Ravindra got him behind with a wide ball. Ravindra finished with four wickets.
Wickets kept falling, but Liam Livingstone (28 runs), Sam Curran (20 runs), and Willey (19 runs) all helped England get past 300.