ICC World Cup 2015: Bazooka blasts and Southee Swings the match in New Zealand’s favour

Sidharth Gulati / 20 February 2015

Riding on Tim Southee’s great display of swing bowling and skipper Brendon McCullum’s blasting innings, New Zealand stormed to their third consecutive victory in ICC World Cup 2015 by thrashing England by 8 wickets at Wellington.

Chasing a modest target of 124, McCullum blasted the England bowlers all around the park and scored the fastest fifty in the World Cup history in just 18 balls and the third-fastest overall. He singled out Steven Finn and hit 5 sixes in his 2 overs. McCullum put on 105 runs for the first wicket with Martin Guptill before getting out to Chris Woakes. He scored 77 off just 25 balls with 8 fours and 7 sixes.  

Earlier after choosing to bat, England got off to a worst possible start as they lost their openers Ian Bell, Moeen Ali and number three Gary Ballance in quick succession, leaving the team reeling at 57/3 in 14 overs. Both Bell and Ali got out to Southee whereas Ballance lost his wicket to Trent Boult. Joe Root and captain Eoin Morgan then tried to stabilize the innings with a 47-run partnership before Southee triggered collapse as England lost seven wickets for just 19 runs. Southee, who was also adjudged the man of the match, returned with the figures of 9-0-33-7, the third best in World Cup history and the best figures for New Zealand. 

Brief Scores: New Zealand 124/2 (McCullum 77) defeated England 123 (Root 47, Southee 7-33) by 8 wickets

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