Across World Cups: Kiwis do to England what Germany did to Brazil
Sport throws up lopsided affairs every now and then, and, then there are humiliations. Germany heaped it on Brazil in the football world cup semi-final last year with a 7-1 thrashing and New Zealand dished out their version to England on Friday.WorldCup2015 Updated: Feb 21, 2015 12:44 IST
Sport throws up lopsided affairs every now and then, and, then there are humiliations.
Germany heaped it on Brazil in the football world cup semi-final last year with a 7-1 thrashing and New Zealand dished out their version to England on Friday.
The number 7 has many takers across the world and like the German footballers, the Kiwi cricketers had a few remarkable 7s on the score sheet as they pummeled England on their way to seventh heaven in Wellington.
First up, Tim Southee. The right-arm, medium-fast bowler pulverised England with a 7/33 haul at the Westpac Stadium.
Once upon a time not long ago, his countryman Richard Hadlee appropriated the Sultan of Swing tag for himself. Southee is not seen in the same league as Hadlee, but he was on fire against England.Southee kept angling them and kept swinging them away. Some of those swinging beauties were bowled from wide off the crease, a difficult art to master.
A Southee angling in-swinging away delivery made opener Ian Bell hear the death rattle. The ball bowled at 135.5 kph went past the outside edge to hit high on the off stump.
The other opener Moeen Ali is an exciting talent, but with a perceived chink in his armour - the short ball. India had preyed on it during their tour of England last year.
Southee cleaned up Ali with a beautiful swinging yorker, bowled after the batsman had been lined up for the punch with a short one. The ball delivered at 135.9 kph swung a massive 41 cm (the deviation as compared as it homed in on Ali's off stump.
James Taylor, England's hero in the losing cause against Australia on the opening day of the World Cup, fell without scoring. Southee opened him up with a 133.9 kph yorker that moved away perfectly to disturb the timber.
The 26-year-old Kiwi then scalped wicketkeeper Jos Buttler. This time the outswinger nipped away and Buttler swallowed the bait to edge it to rival glovesman Luke Ronchi.
For Chris Woakes, it was over in 2 balls. Southee got his five-for with this fourth bowled victim. The ball delivered at 138.6 kph went past the outside edge to crash into the top of off stump.
Stuart Broad, reputed to be England's enforcer with the ball, gave a very poor account of himself. There is a difference between batsmen making room and pulling away towards the onside, scared.
In August last year, Broad was hit on the face by Indian pacer Varun Aaron at Old Trafford. The ball damaged his nose then, but seems to have messed up quite a bit more in his head as a batsman.
It's like that kid who bowls fast and furious, but doesn't want to stand up when at the receiving end. If you have played cricket, you know exactly what is being discussed here. The enforcer's father, Chris Broad, was a doughty opener. There could be a man-to-man chat in the offing in the Broad household.
Southee ended Broad's misery, getting him caught by Vettori.
The medium pacer had his seventh victim in Steven Finn, who edged an outswinger to first slip.
England were all out for 123 in 33.2 overs and Southee had the third best World Cup spell, and the best in ODIs by a New Zealander, to his name.
Undone by BrendonSkipper Brendon McCullum took off from the second ball he faced - which went for six - and proceeded to knock the stuffing out of England. Southee deflated the English players, McCullum made sure they will hurt for a long time to come.
On December 31, 2007, McCullum had smashed 80 off 28 balls against Bangladesh. He was in the mood for an encore.
He smashed his way to 77 off 24 balls before being dismissed off the 25th delivery. There were eight boundaries and seven sixes in his knock, accounting for 74 runs. The remaining three came in singles. He played out six dot balls too!
Along the way, he amassed the fastest World Cup half-century - off 18 balls - to better his own record. He held the previous record for the fastest World Cup fifty, off 20 balls against Canada at St Lucia in 2007.
McCullum's half-century at the Westpac Stadium was also the third fastest in ODIs.
England lasted a grand total of 45.4 overs in the 100-over World Cup contest, which ultimately proved a no-contest.
England are not exactly top of the class in ODIs, but the Westpac show is a blow to the country that gave the world the game.
First Published: Feb 21, 2015 11:25 IST