Wellington - Paceman Tim Southee recorded the best one-day figures by a New
Zealander while Brendon McCullum hit the fastest World Cup half-century
to lead their team to an eight-wicket rout of hapless England on Friday.
Southee took seven for 33 in nine overs as England collapsed to 123 all out in just 33.2 overs.
Zealand captain McCullum's rollicking 25-ball 77 with seven sixes and
eight fours at the top of the order then saw the tournament co-hosts
romp to victory in just 12.2 overs of their reply in Wellington.
the umpires called for a dinner break with New Zealand needing just 12
more runs to win, jeers rang out around the packed 33 000 capacity
But although the amount of cricket played was
under half the scheduled 100 overs of a one-day international, the crowd
certainly got their money's worth.
Victory gave New Zealand, one
of the tournament favourites, their third win in as many Pool A games
while England were left with two defeats in two following a 111-run
thrashing by Australia.
"It was an incredible performance. We
wanted to bat first too and it shows the ability of our bowlers to get
swing through the air," said McCullum.
England skipper Eoin Morgan said that he was always expecting two tough games first up.
"We need a win as soon as possible now. Batting in those conditions and trying to get 270 plus was tough," said Morgan.
an easy win, McCullum launched a ferocious attack on the England
bowling, hitting Stuart Broad for a six off the first ball he faced.
bowler Steven Finn was not spared as McCullum hit six, four, four and
six off the Middlesex paceman's first four balls and then another six to
bring up his fifty off just 18 balls.
McCullum held the previous record for the fastest World Cup fifty, off 20 balls against Canada at St Lucia in 2007.
Finn's two wicketless overs cost a whopping 49 runs before Chris Woakes ended McCullum's knock by bowling him off a bottom edge.
Africa's AB de Villiers holds the record for the fastest-ever one-day
international fifty, off just 16 balls, made against the West Indies
Earlier it was Southee who left England clueless after Morgan won the toss and batted on a flat looking pitch.
achieved the third-best figures in all World Cups and beat the previous
best by a New Zealander in all ODIs, recorded by Shane Bond, now the
team's bowling coach, who took six for 19 against India at Bulawayo in
Only Joe Root, last man out in the 34th over, offered
resistance with 46 while opener Moeen Ali made 20 and Morgan managed 17
in an otherwise disappointing batting display.
"It's a bit of a
blur at the moment," said Southee during the change of innings. "We're
good swing bowlers and, although we lost the toss, the ball swung
throughout the innings.
"They say that when there's a bit of blue sky in Wellington, the ball swings."
England were looking at a revival at 103 for three with Morgan and Root at the crease.
former Ireland left-hander Morgan, who had managed just two runs with
four ducks in his previous five innings, holed out at long-on off
He was left to rue his shot as England lost their last seven wickets for just 19 runs.
Ian Bell (eight) and Moeen Ali (20) were both bowled by Southee, who
subsequently dismissed James Taylor (nought), Jos Buttler (three), Chris
Woakes (one), Stuart Broad (four) and Steven Finn (nought).
took his final five wickets in the space of just 18 balls to record the
third best figures in all World Cups behind the Australian duo of Glenn
McGrath (7-15) and Andy Bichel (7-20).