England face Humiliation yet again
Match 9 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 saw some embarrassment for the English side. After a 111 run loss in their first match of the World Cup to Australia in Melbourne, they faced yet another humiliating defeat at the hands of the co-host New Zealand.
Eoin Morgan, the England skipper won the toss and decided to bat first, a decision he would regret later. Movement could be seen from the first ball itself as Tim Southee swung the ball a long way.
New Zealand team celebrating Source
The first break though came in the 4th over when the in form Ian Bell was clean bowled by a stunning delivery from Tim Southee. Wickets kept coming at regular intervals. Morgan and Root tried to steady the ship by building a decent partnership of 47 which was cut short by a brilliant catch from Adam Milne at long on. It’s catches like these which prove the famous cricketing quote “ Catches win Matches “.
With the captain gone the wickets kept falling rather fast, as England’s lost their last 7 wickets for 19 runs. The team total read a paltry 123.
Tim Southee exploited the conditions to the best and ended up with figures of 7/33. He was one wicket short of being the only bowler to take 8 wickets in a world cup match.
Tim Southee celebrates Source
As Batting departments failure was not enough, the misery continued for England. Brendon McCullum the New Zealand skipper took their bowling department for a ride.
The onslaught started when McCullum scored 18 runs from the second over of the match bowled by Stuard Broad, before smashing 20 runs from the fourth over of the match bowled by Finn.
McCullum at work Source
He scored the fastest world cup fifty, coming off just 18 balls. He got out on a high full toss but by that time he had done his job. New Zealand chased down the target in 12.2 overs with 8 wickets to spare.
England face their next match against Scotland on 23rd of February and hope to start their winning ways in this World Cup.