World Cup 2015: Tim Southee, Brendon McCullum Help NZ Annihilate England

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015 | 0

A career-best bowling performance from Tim Southee and the fastest half-century at World Cup by Brendon McCullum helped co-hosts New Zealand annihilate England by 8 wickets at Wellington on Friday.

Earlier, the flip of the coin went England’s way, who had no hesitation in batting first. The decision, however, proved to be an erroneous one, as they eventually got bundled out for a paltry 123-run total in the 34th over itself, thanks to magnificent bowling figures from Southee (9-0-33-7).

None of the English batsmen – except Joe Root (46) – looked comfortable in encountering a lethal kiwi bowling unit.

In their quest to chase down a measly target, New Zealand skipper McCullum looked in a rush to finish things off in a jiffy. He smashed the ball all around as the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Steven Finn appeared oblivious.

McCullum amassed 8 boundaries and 7 maximums en route his 25-ball 77 that sealed the deal for the black caps. In the process, his 18-ball 50 became the fastest half-ton by any batsman at World Cup.

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