ICC World Cup: Brendon McCullum shocked by bizarre victory

Wellington: Record-breaking New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said a crushingly lopsided World Cup win over England here yesterday was a “bizarre” achievement.

New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum. Pic/AFP
New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum. Pic/AFP

The Black Caps cemented their status as one of the favourites for the tournament with a dominant display as they recorded their third straight victory in as many Pool ‘A’ matches, with this fixture completed in 45.4 overs.

New Zealand paceman Tim Southee took seven for 33 as England were bowled out for just 123. McCullum then piled on the agony for England with the fastest-ever World Cup fifty, off just 18 balls, on his way to a whirlwind 77. “It’s a great win, while England have probably struggled of late, we knew we’d have to keep them quiet,” McCullum said.  As for man-of-the-match Southee’s haul, McCullum added: “It’s one of the best spells of bowling I’ve seen for a long time.

“Tim’s been leading our group for a long time and with Trent Boult, he got the ball swinging a huge amount. To win by that sort of margin, it’s bizarre really. We’ve earned ourselves a good break after a great first week.”

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