A match-winning 7 wicket haul from Tim Southee and a quickfire 77 off 25 balls from Brendon McCullum helped New Zealand register their third straight win at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. The co-hosts bowled England out for 123 and chased down the target in just 12.2 overs. With this win, the Kiwis got a huge boost to their net run rate and are now assured of a quarterfinals berth.
England opt to bat, Tim Southee strikes twice:
Both the teams remained unchanged from their previous games as Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bat. The Wellington wicket provided great help for the quick bowlers. Tim Southee struck twice in successive overs as he rattled the stumps of the English openers Ian Bell (8 off 17) and Moeen Ali (20 off 15). No. 3 batsman Gary Ballance (10 off 26) also could not make any significant contribution as his loose shot off Trent Boult’s bowling found Kane Williamson at short cover.
Southee wrecks England as Joe Root fights on:
Joe Root walked into the middle when England was at a precarious 36-2. He, along with captain Eoin Morgan, stitched together a 57 run partnership before the latter departed for 17 off 41 balls. Adam Milne’s brilliant catch at long on off Vettori’s bowling sent him packing. The lower half of the English scorecard looked more or less like a pin code address. 0, 3, 1, 4, 0 and 1 were the scores of the middle order batsmen and the tail enders and it was Tim Southee who accounted for all dismissals. Joe Root was the last man to be dismissed after his fighting knock of 46 off 70 balls and England were bowled out for a paltry 123 in 33.2 overs. Tim Southee finished with figures of 7/33 from 9 overs.
McCullum goes berserk as New Zealand begin chase:
The result was an obvious one after England crumbled under pressure with just 123 runs on the board. But real entertainment took centerstage when Brendon McCullum walked in to bat. The New Zealand skipper smashed the English bowlers all over the park for a brutal 77 off just 25 balls. Steven Finn, who claimed a hat-trick in his previous game vs Australia was taken to the cleaners as he conceded 49 runs of just 2 overs. Martin Guptill (22 off 22 balls),played second fiddle as McCullum carried on with the onslaught. The brutality of his innings was such that 74 out of his 77 runs came from boundaries (8 fours and 7 sixes). New Zealand brought up their hundred in the seventh over itself.
Chris Woakes ended England’s misery as he bowled the openers out. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor scored the winning runs and handed the Kiwis an emphatic victory. Tim Southee was adjudged the man of the match for his 7 wicket haul.
England: 123 in 33.2 overs ( Joe Root 46, Tim Southee 7/33)
New Zealand: 125/2 in 12.2 overs ( Brendon McCullum 77, Chris Woakes 2/8)