Southee: An amazing occasion

The Black Caps dominated a one-sided affair in Wellington on Friday as Southee returned 7-33 – the best ODI figures by a New Zealander and the third best figures in all World Cups – to fire England out for just 123 in 33.2 overs.

In reply, New Zealand raced to their target as skipper Brendon McCullum smashed 77 off 25 balls in front of a sell-out crowd at the Westpac Stadium.

“A packed house was pretty special to come out in front of,??? reflected Southee. ???We’ve been bowling well as a group for a long time and today was one of those moments when it all went well for us.

???We haven’t swung the ball like that in a one-day game for a while and for the old ball to swing like that was the difference. Our bowling coach, Shane Bond, does a lot of work behind the scenes, though, and puts confidence into us.

“It’s a blur at the moment but in time, this will be something we all look back on and realize how amazing this occasion was.???

Southee’s figures were the best ever by any New Zealand bowler in one-day international cricket but he refused to accept individual plaudits.

“Someone did mention that. It just goes to show that it was another great team performance that we have shown,” he said.

McCullum ran amok with the bat to register the fastest one-day fifty in World Cup history off just 18 balls and he was thrilled with his side’s display.

“It was an incredible performance. We wanted to bat first as well,” he said. “Tim Southee and Trent Boult, when they bowl like that they are pretty hard to play against.

“It was a world-class performance and the crowd was amazing. I really enjoyed playing in front of such a big crowd.”

He added: “It’s a great win, while England have probably struggled of late, we knew we’d have to keep them quiet.

“To win by that sort of margin, it’s bizarre really. We’ve earned ourselves a good break after a great first week of the tournament.”