Sport Cricket Seven for Southee as Kiwis destroy England

Seven for Southee as Kiwis destroy England

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New Zealand has smashed England by eight wickets in a dominant Cricket World Cup victory at Wellington.

England batted first after winning the toss but was all out for 123 in 33.2 overs after Black Caps swing bowler Tim Southee captured a remarkable seven wickets.

Southee’s figures of 7-33 were the third best in World Cup history and made him the first New Zealand bowler to take seven wickets in an ODI.

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He became the tournament’s leading wicket-taker, and only the eighth bowler in World Cup history to claim seven wickets.

Captain Brendon McCullum (77 off 25) promptly wasted no time in pursuing the meagre England total of 123 in just 12.2 overs.

He became the fastest batsmen to reach a World Cup 50, passing the mark in just 18 balls with seven fours and four sixes.

McCullum beat his own World Cup record when he carved fast bowler Steven Finn for four, having made a fifty off 20 balls against Canada in 2007.

His innings was also the equal third-fastest fifty in all one-day internationals, behind South Africa’s AB de Villiers (16 balls) and Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya (17 balls).

McCullum was bowled by Chris Woakes for 77 off 25 balls with the score at 105 off nine overs.

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