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

Fastest World Cup fifty, best NZ bowling figures

Stats highlights from the Pool A game between England and New Zealand in Wellington

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New Zealand top order on top of its game

18 Balls McCullum took to reach 50, the third fastest in ODIs, and the fastest in World Cups. The record for the fastest ODI fifty was made earlier this year, by AB de Villiers, when he reached 50 off 16 balls against West Indies.

7 Wickets taken by Tim Southee, the most by a New Zealand bowler in ODIs. There have been three occasions of a New Zealand bowler taking six wickets, two of them belonging to Shane Bond.

2 Number of times in World Cups that a bowler has returned better bowling figures than Southee. Glenn McGrath (7 for 15) and Andy Bichel (7 for 20) did this during the 2003 World Cup, against Namibia and England respectively. This is the ninth instance of a bowler taking seven wickets in an ODI.

6.4 Overs in which New Zealand got to 100, the fastest by any team in ODIs since 2001. The record for the fastest team 50 is also held by New Zealand. They scored 50 off 3.3 overs against Bangladesh in 2007.

308 Brendon McCullum's strike rate during his 25-ball 77, the second-highest strike rate for a 50-plus innings in ODIs. The only other batsmen to make a 50-plus scores at a 300-plus strike rate are AB de Villiers and Shahid Afridi.

123 Runs scored by England, their lowest score in World Cups after choosing to bat. This is their third-lowest score overall in World Cups.

12.2 Overs in which New Zealand achieved their target of 124, making it the second-fastest successful chase of a 100-plus target in ODIs. The quickest such chase was in 2003 when South Africa achieved their target of 109 against Bangladesh in 12 overs.

226 Balls remaining in New Zealand's innings when they achieved their target of 124. This equals England's heaviest loss in terms of balls remaining.

Bishen Jeswant is a stats sub editor at ESPNCricinfo. @bishen_jeswant

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  • Friend on February 20, 2015, 17:54 GMT

    @POSITIVEINDIAN, England are rubbish against pace too now. They are still rubbish against good quality spinners but there is a dearth of them now. Did you forget Johnson blowing them away in last ashes? that too in test matches, a format they dearly cling on to. Everyone is talking about possibility of Bangladesh taking a point in a rained off match against Oz and one of England's match against associate teams getting rained off and so Bangla qualifying for QFs ahead of Eng. As if Eng's victories against associate teams are guaranteed. Don't forget that if it rains in one of Eng's matches, it is a blessing in disguise for them. It looks like that is the only way they will take a point in this world cup. If it does not rain, they risk losing to associates. But guess what, it will not be a surprise/shock anymore. Eng are among the minnow teams in this world cup and are rightly ranked 14th out of 14 in this tournament.

  • Al on February 20, 2015, 17:46 GMT

    NZ has more records to break against each is not peaked yet......only 2 players played for NZ today and the rest just supported them in the perfectly....what a fielding unit.....what really great guys......we Kiwi do love our sports and its heros and its grafters.....

  • Nitin on February 20, 2015, 16:15 GMT

    Wow!! What a match. Never seen such dominant bowling by a seam bowler in ODIs. There may have been other occasions but this was a great display against the so called "we play well in seam conditions- the rest are flat track bullies" rubbish team. Group B must be smiling. But wait until you meet NZ. The motivation to head the group or atleast be in the top 2 of Group B is even more since no one wants to meet NZ in QF's (for that matter even Aus).

    The next game for NZ (NZ vs Aus) is going to be a cracker. For England- play for pride and hope to not lose against the Scots, Bangs or AFs.

  • Shravan on February 20, 2015, 14:16 GMT

    Should the speed of reaching the target be calculated with number of overs or runrate or in combination? SA reached 109 in 12 overs and NZ reached 15 more runs in next 2 balls. Which is the faster chase?

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2015, 12:23 GMT

    Hundreds don't count as fifties. But fastest 50 is about the number of balls taken to complete first 50 runs. It still holds even if the batsman scores fastest hundred in the same match

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2015, 12:11 GMT

    And everyone was saying that associates get humiliated!

  • Anshul on February 20, 2015, 10:28 GMT

    @CRAIG MC NELIS, @MAHLABELAM Fastest to 50 makes sense and I recognise and appreciate AB's innings as one of the best performances in ODI history, no doubt about that, but still confused, will AB be holding the official record for fastest "fifty", assuming hundreds are not counted as fifties?

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2015, 9:56 GMT

    Wow New zealand Rocks......I love to watch Brendon McCullum..

  • Apa on February 20, 2015, 9:37 GMT

    Hi Sport Barry I was there as well I reckon it was something to do with making more money at the bar. It would have been a big lose for the caterers today. Cricket was darn awesome though.

  • Mohan on February 20, 2015, 8:46 GMT


    16 Balls - AB de Villiers South Africa v West Indies Johannesburg 18/01/2015 17 Balls - ST Jayasuriya Sri Lanka v Pakistan Singapore 07/04/1996 18 Balls - SP O'Donnell Australia v Sri Lanka Sharjah 02/05/1990

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