New Zealand have continued their impressive start to the 2015 World Cup with a dominant victory over England in Wellington yesterday.
England won the toss and elected to bat, but they were made to almost immediately regret that decision when leading batsman Ian Bell was dismissed in the fifth over by Tim Southee.
Southee produced another gem of a delivery to clean bowl fellow open Moeen Ali in his next over to have England struggling at 2-36 before the English lost another wicket when Gary Ballance hold out to Kane Williamson in the 13th over.
Joe Root and Eoin Morgan were able to steady the ship somewhat for England, but the side completely collapsed for just 123 runs after Morgan was dismissed in the 25th over; with Southee tearing through the side to take 7-33 in the best bowling performance from a New Zealander in the history of the World Cup.
New Zealand had a tough time chasing a small total against Scotland in their second World Cup clash, but they had no such problems against England yesterday.
New Zealand captain Brendan McCullum wasted no time getting after the English fast-bowlers and he scored the fastest half-century in World Cup history before he was dismissed for 77, while Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor were able to steer the side to one of the most one-sided victories in their history.
The Black Caps recorded their third victory of the 2015 World Cup to date in just 45.4 overs and McCullum admitted after the match that it was one of the most bizarre games of Cricket that he has ever been involved in.
The Kiwi captain was quick to pay credit to the spell of Southee and believes that his side has earnt their short break before their next match against Australia at Eden Park in Auckland next Saturday.
“It’s a great win, while England have probably struggled of late, we knew we’d have to keep them quiet,” McCullum said.
“It’s one of the best spells of bowling I’ve seen for a long time.
“Tim’s been leading our group for a long time and with Trent Boult, he got the ball swinging a huge amount.
“To win by that sort of margin, it’s bizarre really.
“We’ve earned ourselves a good break after a great first week of the tournament.”
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