ICC Cricket World Cup 2023

Twitter reacts as Australia smash 118 in first 10 overs against New Zealand; Equal record for highest powerplay score in ODIs

Saurabh AnandSaurabh Anand
October 28 2023
Twitter reacts as Australia smash 118 in first 10 overs against New Zealand; Equal record for highest powerplay score in ODIs

Australia smashed the joint-highest powerplay score – 118 against New Zealand in Dharamsala.

Dharamsala’s HPCA Stadium is lit up with fireworks from Australian openers on Saturday morning. Travis Head marked a fabulous comeback into the Australia playing XI after a month. Head didn’t look like he moved away from the game even for a day and smashed New Zealand’s pace attack early in the powerplay. Along with Travis Head, opener David Warner also carried on from where he ended against Pakistan and Netherlands aiming for a big score. 

Australia scored a mammoth 118 runs in the first powerplay and also equaled the record of New Zealand for most runs scored in the first powerplay in a World Cup game. Social media went crazy over Travis Head and David Warner’s onslaught against the Kiwi pace bowlers. They were smashing New Zealand pace bowlers all over the park and took great advantage of their pace. Dharamshala’s wicket looks dead and flat and Australian openers have used this to their advantage. 

Here’s how twitter reacted to Australia thrashing New Zealand bowlers:

Assault from Travis Head and David Warner

New Zealand skipper Tom Latham won the toss and invited Australia to have a bat and set up a target. Travis Head’s intentions were clear from the beginning when he smashed Matt Henry for two sixes in his second over along with David Warner hitting one. They both fetched 22 runs from that over and Australian innings took off from there. There was no looking back after that and they kept the assault on against Kiwi pacers.

Travis Head and David Warner were getting boundaries at ease with scoring at least one in every over. David Warner was the first one to complete his 3rd consecutive fifty-plus score in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 and completed his half-century in just 28 balls. In the next over, Travis Head marked a wonderful return by scoring the fastest half-century in this World Cup and completed his fifty in just 25 balls. Australia completed their 100 in just 9 overs. 

Sri Lanka hold the record for the highest score in the first 10 overs in an ODI. Sri Lanka slammed 133 runs in the first overs against England at Headingley in Leeds. Sri Lanka chased down 322 runs in just 37 overs in that game. New Zealand hold the record for the joint-highest score in the first power play. New Zealand also scored 118 runs in 8.2 overs while chasing a low total against Sri Lanka in Christchurch in 2015.

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