In an electrifying showdown that marked the opening match of the 2023 World Cup, Devon Conway delivered a career-defining performance, smashing an unbeaten 152* to lead New Zealand to a stunning victory over defending champions England. The left-handed opening batsman’s extraordinary display illuminated the tournament opener in Ahmedabad, where he struck an impressive 19 boundaries and three sixes.
Conway’s Heroics in Historic Run Chase
Devon Conway’s exceptional innings also etched his name in the annals of cricket history as he achieved a remarkable feat. His match-winning century propelled him past cricket legends such as Sachin Tendulkar and Stephen Fleming to claim a unique ODI World Cup record.
Setting a World Cup Milestone
Devon Conway’s remarkable innings makes him the first batsman ever to score over 150 runs in a successful run-chase during a men’s World Cup match. This record-breaking achievement is a testament to his exceptional talent and composure under pressure.
Previously, Sri Lankan cricketer Lahiru Thirimanne held the record for the highest score in a successful World Cup run-chase with his 139* against England at the 2015 World Cup. Cricket legends Stephen Fleming and Sachin Tendulkar had also contributed significant unbeaten innings of 134* (2003) and 127* (1996), respectively, during their illustrious careers.
A Historic Partnership
Conway’s brilliance was complemented by a massive partnership with New Zealand’s number three batsman, Rachin Ravindra. Together, they amassed a colossal 273-run partnership, eclipsing the previous record of 168 runs set by Chris Harris and Lee Germon during the 1996 World Cup.
This monumental partnership not only secured a historic victory for New Zealand but also solidified Conway and Ravindra’s place in cricket history. Importantly, this match also marked Rachin Ravindra’s debut as an opening batsman for his side.
Following their resounding nine-wicket triumph over England, New Zealand is now set to face the Netherlands on October 9. Cricket enthusiasts eagerly anticipate this clash, which will be hosted at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. New Zealand’s remarkable performance in the tournament opener has set the stage for an exciting World Cup campaign, and cricket fans around the world eagerly await the next chapter of this thrilling competition.