Southee, McCullum thrash England

Cricket World CupTim Southee took seven wickets and Brendan McCullum scored a blistering (77) of just 25 deliveries as New Zealand beat England by 8 wickets. England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and decided to bat first on a good looking Wellington pitch.

England were going along nicely and were 103-3 at one stage but collapsed in an astounding manner to put a meager total of just 123. Tim Southee’s seven wickets were the best bowling figures by a New Zealand bowler in the World Cup, it was also the third best bowling figures by a bowler at the World Cup.

England’s bowling turned out to be as bad as their batting performance. Brendan McCullum smashed the fastest fifty ever in a World Cup, reaching the half-century in just 18 deliveries. McCullum gave Steven Finn a solid reason to remember the game smashing the tall fast bowler all over the park, Finn’s two over cost 49 runs.

McCullum was eventually dismissed for (77) as New Zealand sealed the win in merely 12.2 overs. Tim Southee was declared Man of the Match for his 7-wickets.

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