The England batter Livingstone had an impressive knock of 95 runs to win over New Zealand in the Second ODI match of the New Zealand’s Tour of England 2023.
Liam Livingstone’s impressive 95 runs knock at Rose Bowl
The Second ODI match of New Zealand’s tour against England is scheduled to be played on September 10, 2023, at Rose Bowl Southampton, where England won the match with 79 runs difference. The first ODI concluded with the victory of New Zealand by 8 wickets.
Jonny Bairstow and Harry Brook opened for England while Boult opened the bowling attack. Jonny Bairstow and Harry Brook scored 6 and 2 runs respectively. With Root’s dismissal with a duck while, Stokes was sent out with 1 run by Boult. Jos Buttler and Moeen had scored 30 and 33 runs respectively and Livingstone had unbeaten 95 runs on 78 deliveries. Sam Curran had scored 42 runs on 35 deliveries.
Boult had scalped 3 wickets, while Southee scalped two wickets. By the end of 34 overs, England scored 226 runs losing 7 wickets.
With 227 target, Finn Allen and Devon Conway opened for New Zealand where David Willey opened a bowling attack for England. With Finn Allen dismissed with a duck by Willey, Devon Conway was sent out with 14 runs by Gus Atkinson.
By the end of 9th over, New Zealand was down to 49/2. With Will Young’s 33 runs helped New Zealand on the scoreboard. Daryl Mitchell had scored 57 runs on 52 deliveries and was sent out by Moeen. With Tom Latham’s 19 runs, other batters were sent out with low figures.
David Willey and Reece Topley scalped 3 wickets each while Moeen Ali had scalped 2 wickets and Gus Atkinson had scalped one wicket. By the end of 26.5 overs, New Zealand had scored 147 runs losing all 10 wickets.
When asked about his impressive knock in the match, Liam Livingstone said, “I wouldn’t quite say it was a rescue mission,” said man-of-the-match Livingstone. “We pride ourselves on depth in our batting and getting out of situations like today. I thought Sammy (Curran) batted really well.”
“It has been a frustrating year for me…The innings at Cardiff did myself the world of good.”
“Sometimes, without the volume in the middle, it can be pretty difficult to just walk in and smack the ball out of the park without a lot of confidence in the middle behind you,” Livingstone said.
“I really pride myself on being someone that can change a game; the more I can do it like I did today, over an extended period, the bigger asset I’ll be to this one-day team… I know that when I’m at my best, I can be a massive asset to this team.”
“I’ve not played 50-over cricket for 18  months,” he said. “I’ve had two pretty big injuries… I feel like I’m finally getting back to my best. Hopefully these games will help me get closer to that. Fifty-over cricket is a different animal [to T20] on your body.”
“From the position we found ourselves in to post a score was a credit to the way we wanted to play,” he said. “The partnership between Livingstone and Curran was fantastic,” he concluded.
With one victories each, Both England and New Zealand will be awaiting the third ODI match which is set to play on September 13 at The Oval.