Pacer Tim Southee recorded the best one-day figures by a New Zealander while Brendon McCullum hit the fastest World Cup half-century to lead their team's one-sided eight-wicket win over a hapless England on Friday.
Southee took seven for 33 in his nine overs as England collapsed to 123 all out in just 33.2 overs.
New Zealand captain McCullum's rollicking 25-ball 77 with seven sixes and eight fours at the top of the order then saw the tournament co-hosts romp to victory in just 12.2 overs of their reply in Wellington.
The following is a list of who's saying what about New Zealand's rout of England:
"Love the way (Brendon) McCullum goes about it! Attack first, putting all bowlers under huge pressure. Always looking for boundaries not survive. #gun."
- England international Luke Wright on Twitter
"England can't get any worse."
- Former Australia captain Allan Border on TV commentary
"Kiwis beat Poms with 226 balls to spare by eight wickets. A day-night game that ends with nightfall a long way off."
- Australia's FOXCricketLive on Twitter
"Scratching my head, but reckon this must be the most one sided international cricket match I've seen..."
- Ex-England fast bowler, now BBC broadcaster, Jonathan Agnew on Twitter
"New Zealand a 'dark horse' everyone's been saying, I'd say one of the front runners more like it!! #NZvENG#WorldCup2015."
- Former Australian all-rounder Tom Moody on Twitter
"Batting wise, this was worse than against Australia. We had three batsmen getting out to yorkers to a medium-fast bowler and they were playing the wrong line. (Eoin) Morgan lobs one to the outfield with plenty of overs to go. We're yet to see if the death bowling has improved as the game didn't get that far."
- Ex-England opener Geoffrey Boycott on BBC