The stage is set at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, as England (ENG) gears up to take on New Zealand (NZ) in the 1st ODI of the New Zealand tour of England 2023. In head-to-head encounters over the last five years, England has held the upper hand. Their most memorable clash was in the 2019 World Cup Finals, where England emerged victorious in a thrilling Super Over contest against New Zealand.
England’s recent ODI series against Bangladesh ended with a 2-1 victory. However, in their last match, they suffered a 50-run defeat at the hands of Bangladesh. Jofra Archer’s three-wicket haul and Sam Curran’s all-round effort, which included 23 runs and two wickets, were the standout performances for England.
New Zealand’s last ODI series against Pakistan resulted in a 4-1 loss. However, in their most recent match, they bounced back with a 47-run win against Pakistan. Rachin Ravindra’s all-round performance, contributing 28 runs and claiming three wickets, and Henry Shipley’s three-wicket haul were the key highlights for New Zealand.