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Top Cricket Matches Between New Zealand and England


Cricket  •  31 Aug, 2023  •  2,273 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Shivani Chourasia


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The long-standing rivalry between England and New Zealand in the world of cricket has provided fans with some exhilarating moments. The two teams have locked horns in numerous iconic matches over the years, showcasing brilliant performances, unforgettable moments, and breathtaking finishes. While it's a daunting task to pick just five from the many epic encounters, here are some of the most memorable clashes between the Black Caps and the Three Lions.

1992 World Cup Semi-Final

Neil Fairbrother remembers England's 1992 World Cup final like it was  yesterday | Daily Mail Online
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A defining moment in the history of World Cup cricket, this match saw two exceptional teams pitted against each other in Auckland. New Zealand, having had an impressive run in the tournament, posted a formidable total of 262/7. England's response was clinical, thanks to Graeme Hick and Neil Fairbrother's superb knocks. Despite New Zealand's valiant bowling effort, England won with an over to spare, advancing to the final and leaving the Kiwis heartbroken.

2015 World Cup Group Match

Sky Cricket Podcast: Brendon McCullum reflects on 2015 World Cup run and  Ross Taylor fallout | Cricket News | Sky Sports
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If there was ever a display of sheer power-hitting and dominance, this was it. Played at Wellington, New Zealand's captain, Brendon McCullum, blazed away to a 77 off just 25 balls, the third-fastest World Cup fifty at the time. England was bundled out for a meagre 123, which the Kiwis chased down in just 12.2 overs, announcing themselves as one of the favourites for the title.

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2019 World Cup Final

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Perhaps the most dramatic match in the history of cricket, the 2019 World Cup final at Lord's is etched in the memory of every cricket fan. Both teams finished their 50 overs on 241 runs. The Super Over that followed also ended in a tie with both teams scoring 15 runs. But, based on a controversial boundary count rule, England was declared the winner. The match exemplified the spirit, passion, and intensity of the game.

Third Test, 2013 in Auckland

NZ vs ENG 3rd Test | Live Score of England tour of New Zealand 2013
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New Zealand was on the verge of a historic series win against England, needing only a draw in the third Test. England, chasing a daunting 481, was on the brink at 159/6. However, Matt Prior's unbeaten century, along with resolute batting from Stuart Broad and the tail, ensured England batted out the day and snatched a dramatic draw, with the last pair at the crease.

Conclusion

The cricketing rivalry between New Zealand and England encapsulates the essence of the sport—unpredictability, resilience, and moments of sheer brilliance. From the classic Test matches to the exhilarating T20 clashes, these two nations have provided fans with a plethora of unforgettable memories. As the rivalry continues to evolve, cricket enthusiasts can look forward to more thrilling encounters that celebrate the rich heritage of the game. Whether it's a battle for supremacy in Test cricket or a showdown in the limited-overs formats, New Zealand vs. England matches are a testament to the enduring allure of cricket.

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