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Livingstone and Curran Rescue England with 3 Wickets for 8 Runs after Trent Boult Return

by khushahal vishwakarma
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After Trent Boult returned, Livingston and Curran saved England, taking them to 226 for 7 in 34 overs.

Trent Boult marked his comeback in the 100th ODI match by taking three wickets in just eight deliveries, putting New Zealand back in the game. However, Liam Livingstone’s superb innings, with the highest score of 95*, helped England reach 226 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in their allotted 34 overs.

Moeen Ali and Jos Buttler made valuable contributions to set a target of 227 runs for New Zealand in the 34-over-a-side game.

England posted a total of 226 runs for the loss of 7 wickets (Livingstone 95*, Curran 42, Boult 3-37, Southee 2-65) against New Zealand.

Due to rain disruptions in the game, New Zealand decided to bowl first after winning the toss. At one point, England was struggling at 8 for 3 wickets, and then at 55 for 5, asTrent Boult, playing international cricket for the first time after last year’s T20 World Cup, caused early damage.

Trent Boult has returned to international cricket after negotiating his central contract to maximize his availability for various franchise leagues worldwide. However, his new spell showed why New Zealand was eagerly waiting for him just ahead of the upcoming ODI World Cup next month.

He struck on his seventh delivery when Johnny Bairstow edged one to the leading edge, where Mitchell Santner took a brilliant catch while covering the ground. Joe Root survived for two deliveries before being castled by an in-swinging delivery, and Ben Stokes provided Trent Boult his second catch of the match with a simple catch at mid-off.

With Jason Roy (back strain) and David Malan (paternity leave) absent, Harry Brook was given another chance to open the innings, but he fell soon after a brief powerplay. He wanted to loft Tim Southee over mid-off but could only reach the back-pedaling mid-off fielder Finn Allen.

Jos Buttler led the counter-attack, smashing Trent Boult for three boundaries in four deliveries, but he fell when he attempted to cut a Santner drag-down delivery onto his stumps. At that point, Livingstone decided it was time to change gears.

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He targeted Tim Southee and scored 17 runs in one over, including three boundaries. When he reached 47 balls in the 32nd over, Livingstone reached his half-century. It was his second half-century in international cricket in three days. Sam Curran joined him, and they shared a partnership of 100 runs at the end of the 32nd over, ensuring that England had a competitive total on the board.

However, the partnership ended when Moeen Ali was dismissed for 33 runs, caught on the point by a superb diving catch by Glenn Phillips. At that time, Livingstone decided it was time to change gears.

He targeted Tim Southee and scored 17 runs in one over, including three boundaries. When he reached 47 balls in the 32nd over, Livingstone reached his half-century. It was his second half-century in international cricket in three days. Sam Curran joined him, and they shared a partnership of 100 runs at the end of the 32nd over, ensuring that England had a competitive total on the board.

However, the partnership ended when Moeen Ali was dismissed for 33 runs, caught on the point by a superb diving catch by Glenn Phillips. At that time, Livingstone had reached an unbeaten 91 runs, but he could only add two more runs to his tally before getting out.

England was cautious about the fitness of its key bowlers: Adil Rashid was left out due to a minor injury, Mark Wood was progressing well in terms of fitness, and Chris Woakes was given rest. For New Zealand, Lockie Ferguson, Henry Nicholls, and Kyle Jamieson were out, and Trent Boult, Santner, and Allen came into the team.

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