It was Match no. 9 of #CWC15 today, between New Zealand and England that brought out humiliation for England Cricket team. England got hit firmly by “Southee and McCullum Storm”.
Toss: England won the toss and chose to bat first(which they soon came to regret dearly).
Tim Southee produced a wonderful exhibition of swing bowling to put New Zealand on top. Southee generated prodigious swing, bowled full length and used the crease to hoop it around the corners and trouble all the English batsmen. He started on a good note by shattering the stumps of Ian Bell, with the one that left the right-hander.
He set-up Bell’s opening partner, Moeen Ali beautifully with a bouncer before uprooting the stumps with a seaming yorker. He followed it up by taking the wickets of James Taylor, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad and Steven Finn to finish with seven wickets to his name.
Tim Southee became the first bowler from New Zealand to take seven wickets in One-Day cricket.
If he had got one more wicket, he would have snatched the record from Glenn McGrath for the best bowling figures in World Cups. He also became the third Kiwi to bag a five wicket haul in World Cup. Brendon McCullum, New Zealand’s captain, also deserves the credit for setting aggressive fields. When New Zealand’s key bowlers, Trent Boult and Southee were bowling, he had four slips. He also showed tactical nous when Eoin Morgan was dismissed by bringing Southee back into the attack. Southee responded by taking a slew of wickets. To make it even better, New Zealand fielded brilliantly, with McCullum leading the way.
For England, only Joe Root showed the technique and application to play the swinging ball well. Rest of the batsmen paid the price for hanging back in the crease. England had an uphill task on their hands to make a comeback into the game after being bowled out for a paltry score of 123. After the brilliant performance, Southee was quoted as saying, “We are good swing bowlers and, though we lost the toss, it swung around the whole innings. The ball stayed in reasonable shape. It’s an amazing feeling. The atmosphere here has been amazing and it’s a pleasure to play in front of them. We’ve done half of the job, but they have quality bowlers.”
Brendon McCullum followed up Southee’s sterling performance by smashing the English attack to shreds. He used his feet to play sumptuous shots while facing up to the English bowlers. In the seventh over of the innings, he plundered Steven Finn by thumping him for four consecutive sixes.
By reaching his fifty in a mere 18 balls, Brendon McCullum then broke the record for the fastest fifty in the history of the World Cup.
The previous record was set by McCullum himself against Canada in the 2007 World Cup. Brendon after his fifty, piled on the agony for England on his way to a whirlwind 77. It also turned out to be the fastest fifty by a New Zealand cricketer and the third fastest in the history of ODIs.
England will be shell-shocked after this heavy defeat. England need to show great resolve to put this defeat behind them when they take on Scotland in their next game in Christchurch. On the other hand, New Zealand will play Australia in Auckland.
England 123/10 in 33.2 overs
New Zealand 125/2 in 12.2 overs.