New Zealand ODI Match Witnessed an Unforgettable Performance
Ben Stokes has etched his name in the history books after scoring a remarkable 182 runs for England in today's ODI against New Zealand. This stunning achievement breaks the previous record of 180 runs, held by Jason Roy since 2018 against Australia.
A Swashbuckling Performance
Stokes celebrated this incredible feat at The Oval, cementing his status as one of England's cricketing legends. Not only did he break the highest individual ODI score for England, but he also achieved his fastest century during an ODI.
A Comeback Worth Remembering
Stokes' outstanding performance comes after his decision to reverse his ODI retirement and return to play for England in this series. And boy, did he make an impact!
A Century in a Hurry
After a sluggish start, Stokes entered the batting order at fourth and quickly helped England regain their footing. In his hurry to reach his century, he achieved the milestone in just 76 balls. Throughout his innings, Stokes hit an impressive total of 15 fours and nine sixes.
Despite facing only 124 balls, Stokes managed to rack up an incredible 182 runs, crushing the opposition and leaving fans in awe of his skill and determination.
England's Varied Performance
Stokes' contribution was even more vital as England's opener, Jonny Bairstow, was dismissed for a golden duck on the very first ball. However, Dawid Malan's strong performance with 96 runs provided some support. Unfortunately, Joe Root struggled and scored just four runs before Stokes took charge.
Setting the Stage for the Series
England ended their innings at 368 after 48 overs, setting New Zealand a challenging target of 369 to win. With the series currently tied at 1-1, this match holds immense significance for both teams.
A Series Filled with Thrills
The four-match series has already seen its fair share of excitement, with England securing a victory at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday. However, New Zealand bounced back with a win in Cardiff after successfully chasing England's score of 291 by posting 297 runs.
As cricket fans eagerly await the outcome of today's game, Ben Stokes' record-breaking innings will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the greatest performances in ODI cricket.