New Zealand v England, World Cup 2015, Group A, Wellington February 20, 2015

How Southee got his super seven

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Tim Southee became the fourth bowler to take a seven-for at World Cups © Getty Images

The story of Tim Southee's seven wickets at the Basin Reserve, which blew England away for 123 in a brilliant exhibition of swing bowling, courtesy ESPNcricinfo's unrivalled ball-by-ball service.

4.1 Southee to Bell, OUT, oh what a beaut. Beats the outside edge to hit the top of off stump. That is a peach. Angling in but swinging away. Lands around off. Bell has been in this mode where he is trying to stay beside the line to open up the off side. So he is not quite behind the line of this, and the ball swings to beat his bat. Off stump, bye-bye.
IR Bell b Southee 8 (17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 47.05

6.2 Southee to Ali, OUT, that's the one-two. Bowl a bouncer to those who don't like bouncers. Have them expecting another one and thus staying back. Slip in a full one. Take the edge or hit the the stumps. Southee has hit the off stump here. This has swung back in towards the base of the off stump and squeezes under it. Apart from staying back he has played woefully down the wrong line.
MM Ali b Southee 20 (15b 4x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

26.2 Southee to Taylor, OUT, what captaincy, what bowling. McCullum calls his strike bowler. Look, get me a wicket. Southee bowls one wide outswinger. That draws an appeal. And now he bowls an outswinging yorker that beats the outside edge of the new batsman and pings back the off stump. What a joy to watch the aggressive approach and the execution thereof by New Zealand.
JWA Taylor b Southee 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

28.1 Southee to Buttler, OUT, lovely outswing bowling. Southee has a four-for. This is on a length, not too wide, you can't keep leaving them alone all day long in ODIs. Buttler pushes at it, Southee gets enough movement away to take the edge and England are six down.
JC Buttler c †Ronchi b Southee 3 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

28.4 Southee to Woakes, OUT, Southee. Unplayable Southee. Has a Michelle now. Four of them have been bowled to outswingers that have hit the off stump. That's beautiful. Outswingers hitting the top of off. Too good for a No. 8. Woakes' only mistake here is, he is not forward. Southee loves it. Gives him the space to let this outswinger drop and then move past the outside edge to hit the top of off. Nothing wrong in the pitch here. Just high-quality swing bowling and aggressive captaincy.
CR Woakes b Southee 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

30.4 Southee to Broad, OUT, Southee has six. Broad needs talking to. Ordinary attitude to batting. Running away and hoping for the best. He has moved away from leg, and just put his bat there. The leading edge to the full ball carried to mid-off where Vettori takes a two-hander to his left.Disappointing to see Broad - a fighter the last I checked - running away from the ball like a tailender.
SCJ Broad c Vettori b Southee 4 (10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

32.3 Southee to Finn, OUT, Seven for Southee. This is lovely stuff. Just floats in an outswinger outside off, Finn follows it, edges it to Taylor at first slip. Best figures for a NZer in a WC match. Root is left stranded, but he really should have protected Finn and not taken the single first ball.
ST Finn c Taylor b Southee 0 (8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

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  • Ajay on February 20, 2015, 17:39 GMT

    That was one of the best swing bowling displays ever!! One could draw so many parallels between Southee's performance yesterday and the likes of McGrath and Akram at their very best. England bowlers were down-and-out shamed by Southee. Also showed how much Anderson and Broad are over-rated.

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2015, 15:54 GMT

    Superb, Tim Southee!

    Till this morning, Jimmy was supposed to be the BEST exponent of swing bowling! Whatever happened? Jimmy? And to boot, your partner in hunting-in-pairs from the past few years, Broady, looks sleep walking. England bowlers can't get a better pitch than this in this World Cup.

  • Clifford on February 20, 2015, 13:07 GMT

    Pace and swing, irresistible combo when used by a canny bowler. He got a couple bowled with sheer pace, a couple because they were gross tail enders, one or two were setup but all were due to good aggressive bowling. Quality.

  • jared on February 20, 2015, 9:53 GMT

    one of the greatest spell of bowling in an odi I've ever seen, only one word describes it- PERFECT

  • christopher on February 20, 2015, 7:30 GMT

    Who don't you drop. Credit to the the kiwi's, they are playing great cricket through confidence and great leadership. I would say we should start planning for the 2019 world cup but we have heard it all before. You can't blame the captain for everything if the players don't seem bothered or have any pride. We are being bullied by better sides and even the nicest man in the world Peter Moores will struggle to take any positives out of that one.

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2015, 6:58 GMT

    Southee was superb but I have to say this ...the english batsmen lacks technique,foot movement is poor as 4 Morgan I think he should be dropped

  • janardhan on February 20, 2015, 6:54 GMT

    What a bowling by Southee and batting by Mc cullum. Keep it up.

  • Sameer on February 20, 2015, 6:38 GMT

    "TIMber" Southee.........

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2015, 5:37 GMT

    Quick note lad's it was at"wellington regional stadium" or "westpac stadium" or "the cake tin" not the basin reserve

  • Xiong on February 20, 2015, 5:17 GMT

    @Voleti Srinivasa Bhanu Bit early to call isn't it? We'll get a dry run soon and I surely have no solid predictions on the outcome other than that it will be a cracking game of cricket. Both sides can score 400, both sides can break a batting line up. Besides, most Australians aren't over confident of a world cup victory, we expected this from NZ and it's always close between Australia and SA.

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