However, a worrying sign for England was the familiar sight of Stokes, whose previous ODI top score was 102 not out, writhing in pain due to a chronic knee problem, something they hope he can manage all the way through the World Cup. do.
But off the field at the start of New Zealand’s chase, Stokes said: “I just need a bit of treatment…It (the knee injury) is getting better and better.”
Boult once again troubled the England top order and Roy was once again missed after the opener suffered fresh back spasms.
But Malan, who missed England’s 79-run win in Southampton on Sunday to attend the birth of his son, responded with a half-century off 52 balls as he looked to cement his place in the 15-man World Cup squad .
Malan fell just short of scoring his fifth century in 20 ODIs when his ball hit wicketkeeper Tom Latham.
But Stokes, in a dynamic display of shot-making, broke Roy’s record by hitting a six off Lister, dismissing the fast bowler after just two balls.