Bairstow, on the other hand, departed in a subdued manner, attempting to chip a delivery over extra cover but falling in the process.

Harry Brook's Promising Debut

Stepping in for the injured Ben Stokes, Harry Brook showcased his potential by ensuring England's run rate didn't suffer. Brook took on the challenge of facing Rachin Ravindra, another World Cup debutant, and hammered him for several boundaries, including a towering six. 

However, the lack of experience eventually caught up with Brook, leading to his dismissal.

England's decision to promote Moeen Ali over Jos Buttler in an attempt to introduce a left-hander into the mix didn't yield the desired results. Glenn Phillips, bowling his first over, clean bowled Moeen Ali for just 11 runs, further complicating England's innings.

Buttler and Root's Resurgence

England finally found their rhythm with the arrival of skipper Jos Buttler. While Root focused on rotating the strike and holding the innings together, Buttler unleashed his attacking prowess. 

Buttler smashed a six straight over the bowler's head and continued to dominate, providing a much-needed boost to England.

With England well-set at 187/4 after 33 overs, they appeared poised for a big finish. However, Matt Henry returned to remove the pivotal Jos Buttler, who was caught behind for 43 runs. Liam Livingstone and others followed suit, leaving New Zealand with the upper hand.


Despite a lengthy batting lineup, England struggled in the final overs. Sam Curran and Chris Woakes couldn't muster enough runs in the death overs. 

Mark Wood and Adil Rashid contributed valuable runs in the last 26 deliveries, pushing England's total past 280. 

However, with New Zealand also fielding a batting-heavy lineup, they remain confident in their ability to begin their World Cup campaign with a victory.