Skipper Brendon McCullum rues New Zealand’s huge 210-run loss at Edgbaston
Birmingham: Jos Buttler's 129 and a hundred from Joe Root (104) helped England to a record 210-run win over New Zealand in the first one-day international at Edgbaston on Tuesday.
Jos Buttler in full flight against New Zealand on Tuesday. Pic/Getty Images
It was England's biggest victory, in terms of runs, in all ODI cricket beating their 202-run margin against India at Lord's in 1975 World Cup. England's total of 408 for nine, their highest in all ODI cricket.
177-run record stand
It surpassed the 391-4 that England made against Bangladesh at Trent Bridge in 2005. Buttler's stand of 177 with Adil Rashid (69) was also a new seventh-wicket record in ODIs, topping the 130 shared by Zimbabwe's Andy Flower and Heath Streak against England in Harare in 2001.
England dismissed World Cup finalists New Zealand for 198 with more than 18 overs to spare, fast bowler Steven Finn (four for 35) and leg-spinner Rashid (four for 55) doing the bulk of the damage.
Joe Root celebrates his century against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Tuesday. Pic/AFP
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who won the toss, accepted his side had been overwhelmed. "It was a special performance from Root and Buttler," said McCullum.
"I thought they were outstanding and to post 400 in any game is outstanding. Credit to England, they blew us off the park.
"I thought we did well to get back in the game. To get 200 for six after 30-odd overs I thought we might be chasing 250. But they chanced their arm nicely, played with no fear and took back to initiative.
We could have tried a few more things but overall we need to be better. We knew they would play like that, we just didn't think they'd get 400," he added.
This is England's biggest ODI victory in terms runs
Number of runs scored by England on Tuesday is their highest in ODIs