Liam Livingstone put up an excellent display in the second one-day international between England and New Zealand, which was played in Southampton on Sunday. He scored an unbeaten 95, which was crucial to England’s convincing 79-run victory.
When the game was reduced to 34 overs per side due to rain, England was in a bad situation, falling to 8 for 3. When they reached 55 for 5 in the 13th over, just as Livingstone entered the crease, their situation grew worse.
However, Livingstone’s outstanding performance led England to a final score of 226 for 7. The four-match series is now tied at 1-1 after New Zealand labored and was eventually dismissed for 147.
Reece Topley, who ended a wait of more than a year for an ODI wicket with figures of 3 for 27, and left-arm quick David Willey, who contributed with 3 for 34, did the majority of the damage with the ball.
After almost a year, New Zealand pacer Trent Boult made his 100th ODI match. He had a big effect by getting the first three England wickets: Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, and Ben Stokes.
Livingstone’s ODI performance, which was the greatest of his career, strengthened the team’s overall performance while also increasing his chances of making England’s final World Cup roster of 15 players. With 42 runs in a critical sixth-wicket partnership of 112 runs in just 77 balls, Sam Curran offered crucial support.
Player-of-the-Match Livingstone quipped, “I wouldn’t quite say it was a rescue mission.” “We take great pleasure in our depth in our batting and our ability to recover from situations like this. Sammy (Curran) batted quite well, in my opinion.
“It has indeed been a frustrating year for me,” Livingstone said after England’s eight-wicket loss to New Zealand at Sophia Gardens on Friday. My confidence has improved greatly as a result of the Cardiff innings.
Jos Buttler, the captain of England, was overjoyed with the triumph, which ended their record of three straight losses to New Zealand in white-ball matches. In the final two games of a closely contested Twenty20 series, the Kiwis had triumphed.
Tom Latham, the captain of New Zealand, continued, “We’re disappointed. With Trent Boult back in the mix, we got off to an excellent start. In a 34-over match, knowing what to do is definitely harder than setting the score. Liam Livingstone played a fantastic inning; kudos to him.
Only Mitchell Starc has taken more wickets in his first 100 ODIs than Trent Boult ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/hLvs75CZzI— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) September 10, 2023
New Zealand suffered early losses in their pursuit in a rematch of the dramatic 2019 World Cup final at Lord’s, losing a wicket after only the second delivery. Finn Allen, a big-hitting, aggressive player, was bowled for a duck by David Willey.
Following quickly, Devon Conway, who had just scored a century in Cardiff, was overtaken off Gus Atkinson’s pace after making 14 runs.
When Moeen Ali, an off-spinner, took two wickets in only three balls, it had a significant impact. Before Willey finished off the tail, Daryl Mitchell, who had previously dazzled with a century in Cardiff, was out for 57 runs, leaving New Zealand at 140 for 8.
Boult caused havoc in England’s top order earlier in the game.
On a cloudy day at the Rose Bowl, New Zealand captain Latham won the toss and Boult took several big wickets. He dismissed Jonny Bairstow with a magnificent one-handed catch, and two balls later, with an inswinger, he sent Joe Root back to the pavilion for a second-ball duck. The fact that it was Root’s fourth duck in his previous 10 ODI innings is remarkable. Cricket