New Zealand’s Tim Southee produced one of the best spells in World Cup as he ran through England’s batting with his 7 wickets to bundle them out for just 123 at Wellington.
After electing to bat, England got off to a bad start as they lost Ian Bell cheaply in the fifth over of their innings. Moeen Ali and number three Gary Ballance also got out in quick succession leaving England 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 steadied the innings with a 47-run partnership before Southee triggered collapse as England lost seven wickets for just 19 runs. Southee returned with the figures of 9-0-33-7, the third best in World Cup history and the best figures for New Zealand. Root top-scored for England with 47 runs.