New Zealand rewrite record books against England
WELLINGTON: New Zealand’s eight-wicket World Cup thrashing of England in Wellington on Friday featured several landmark displays.
Below AFP Sport picks out the statistical highlights from the Black Caps’ dominant display:
Tim Southee (7-33):
The New Zealand paceman’s return was the key cause of England’s collapse to 123 all out and gave the 26-year-old the third-best World Cup bowling figures of all-time behind the Australian duo of Glenn McGrath (seven for 15) and Andy Bichel (seven for 20).
His haul was also the best by a New Zealander in any one-day international, surpassing current Black Caps bowling coach Shane Bond’s six for 19 against India at Bulawayo in 2005.
Brendon McCullum (50 off 18 balls):
The New Zealand captain broke his own record for the quickest World Cup fifty with a half-century in two fewer deliveries than he’d managed during the 2007 edition against minnows Canada in St Lucia.
It was the joint third-quickest ODI fifty of all time behind South Africa’s AB de Villiers (16 balls) and Sri Lanka’s Sanath Jayasuriya (17 balls).
Steven Finn (none for 49 in two overs):
The England quick recorded the most expensive figures, in terms of runs per over, for a bowler sending down at least two overs in all ODI cricket.
The brief spell gave Finn an average of 24.5 runs per over conceded compared to 21.3 set by the West Indies paceman Ravi Rampaul in a three-over spell of none for 64 against New Zealand in Queenstown last year.
Rampaul did not make the West Indies’ World Cup squad.
Victory achieved in 12.2 overs of second innings:
By wrapping up their win in 12.2 overs, New Zealand equalled the record for the fewest number of overs to reach a one-day international target against England originally set when Australia made 118 without loss against their arch-rivals in Sydney in 2003.
It was the equal second-fastest successful chase of a 100-plus target in ODIs. The quickest was in 2003 when South Africa achieved a target of 109 against Bangladesh in 12 overs.
226 balls remaining when New Zealand won:
This equalled England’s heaviest in terms of balls remaining, with Australia also having 226 balls to spare when they beat England in Sydney in 2003.
123 runs scored by England:
This was England’s lowest score in World Cups after electing to bat and their third-lowest overall in World Cups. (AFP)