Tim Southee’s sensational 7/33 ripped through England’s batting order as New Zealand thrashed the English by 8 wickets at the ICC Cricket World Cup in Wellington on Friday. After Ian Bell and Moeen Ali put on 18 for the first wicket Southee started to strike by bowling Bell for 8 before disturbing Ali’s furniture in the next over for 20. England were in a relatively stable position at 104/3 before Eoin Morgan and Joe Root’s 47-run stand was broken by Daniel Vettori, who had Morgan caught by Adam Milne for 17.
It then became the Southee show as the Kiwi fast bowler helped himself to five of the last six English wickets to dismiss the batting side for only 123 in 33.2 overs. Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum kept Southee on to bowl 9 overs in the end and it certainly proved to the right call. Root top scored for England with 46 before the tournament co-hosts went in to chase the modest target.
Martin Guptill and McCullum were in a hurry; especially the captain. McCullum hammered 77 from only 25 balls, including eight fours and seven sixes before he was bowled by Chris Woakes (2/8). Then in farcical circumstances with the New Zealanders 112/1 after nine overs the umpires took the players off for a 40-minute dinner break, much to the dismay of the jeering crowd.
When play did resume Kane Williamson (9 not out) and Ross Taylor (5 not out) took their side over the line as New Zealand finished on 125/2 with an an incredible 37.3 overs to spare.