Wellington, Feb 20: Records tumbled as New Zealand hammered England by 8 wickets in a Pool A match of ICC World Cup 2015 here on Friday.
First it was home paceman Tim Southee who sent England packing for 123 in 33.2 overs, with a career-best 7/33 haul. Then entered Brendon McCullum, who thrashed the bowlers all around the Westpac Stadium today. He hit Steven Finn for 4 consecutive sixes.
With just a small target of 124 to get, McCullum blasted the fastest World Cup half century, in 18 balls and the Kiwis romped home by 8 wickets with 226 balls to spare. They scored 125/2 in 12.2 overs.
This was New Zealand's 3rd victory in a row and are justifying their favourites' tag.
Here are the records set during this match
# Fastest World Cup half century by Brendon McCullum (18-ball fifty)
# 2nd best batting strike rate in World Cup - 308.00 by McCullum (77 off 25)
# 3rd best bowling figures in a World Cup match (Tim Southee 7/33)
# Southee, 4th bowler to take 7 wickets in a World Cup game. Other three - Winston Davis (West Indies), Glenn MCGrath and Andy Bichel (both Australia)
# New Zealand's best ever ODI bowling - 7/33 by Southee. First Kiwi to take 7 scalps in a ODI
# Most sixes (7) in a World Cup chase, by McCullum
# 2nd batsman to have 300+ strike rate in ODI history (minimum 50 runs) - McCullum. Best ever 338.63 - AB de Villiers (South Africa)
# New Zealand registered 10th biggest victory in World Cup, in terms of balls remaining (226)
# Largest margin of victory in terms of balls left (226 balls remaining) in ODI history while chasing a target of 120 or more