Who would have predicted that: Tim Southee bags best ODI figures for New Zealand at 2015 World Cup
In our feature series - Who would have predicted that? – we are looking back at matches where there were big upsets or extraordinary individual performances that turned matches on their head.
Tim Southee's figures of 7/33 against England at the 2015 World Cup are the 3rd best figures in the showpiece event behind Glenn McGrath and Andy Bichel. In the same match, Brendon McCullum smoked a half-century off just 18 deliveries - the fastest fifty in the history of the World Cup. If you were looking on https://www.bettingtips.net , at the time, you would have been tempted not to bet on New Zealand winning this one, let alone the Blackcaps racking up two records in one match!
England 123 (33.2 overs) - Joe Root 46 (70), Moeen Ali 20 (15); Tim Southee 7/33 (9), Daniel Vettori 1/19( 7)
New Zealand 125/2 (12.2 overs) - Brendon McCullum 77 (25), Martin Guptill 22 (22); Chris Woakes 2/8 (3), James Anderson 0/37 (5)
Result - New Zealand won by 8 wickets
England had already got a reality check as they were beaten by 111 runs by Australia in their opening fixture of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. To make matters worse, New Zealand crushed them by 8 wickets in 9th match of the tournament.
With swing on offer, Tim Southee pitched the ball up and made full use of the conducive conditions. He castled both openers Ian Bell and Moeen Ali and followed up with the dismissal of James Taylor off another peach of a delivery.
Jos Buttler, Stuart Broad and Steven Finn became Southee's other scalps as England could only crawl as far as the 34th over when they were bowled out for 123.
Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Ian Bell, 4.1 ov), 2-36 (Moeen Ali, 6.2 ov), 3-57 (Gary Ballance, 13.1 ov), 4-104 (Eoin Morgan, 25.6 ov), 5-104 (James Taylor, 26.2 ov), 6-108 (Jos Buttler, 28.1 ov), 7-110 (Chris Woakes, 28.4 ov), 8-116 (Stuart Broad, 30.4 ov), 9-117 (Steven Finn, 32.3 ov), 10-123 (Joe Root, 33.2 ov)
In response, New Zealand took only 12.2 overs to chase down the target. It was Brendon McCullum who played in his characteristic style, beating down the opposition bowlers to bits with one boundary after another. McCullum struck 84, including 7 sixes and 8 fours.
The innings which came off just 25 deliveries at a strike rate of 308 is the fastest half-century (off 18 deliveries) in the history of the World Cup. New Zealand romped home by 8 wickets with 226 balls to spare as Tim Southee entered the history books of cricket.
Fall of wickets: 1-105 (Brendon McCullum, 7.1 ov), 2-112 (Martin Guptill, 9.3 ov)
New Zealand - Brendon McCullum (c), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk), Daniel Vettori, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Trent Boult
England - Moeen Ali, Ian Bell, Gary Ballance, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), James Taylor, Jos Buttler (wk), Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, James Anderson
Match: NZ v ENG, 9th Match, Pool A, ICC Cricket World Cup 2015
Date: Friday, February 20, 2015
Toss: England won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Umpires: Paul Reiffel, Rod Tucker
Third Umpire: Bruce Oxenford
Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama
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