Tim Southee produced one of the great displays of ODI bowling and Brendon McCullum hammered a World Cup record 18-ball fifty as New Zealand produced a display of scarcely believable dominance in Wellington
New Zealand are not used to arriving in England to any sort of a fanfare but the phalanx of TV cameras that greeted Ross Taylor's diplomatic platitudes told another story
The New Zealand captain ensured the Wellington crowd were entertained by swing bowling and fielding of a rare standard, and then he sated their desire for aggressive shots too
If England thought being swung out by Tim Southee was their low point of the day, they had another thing coming. New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum strode in, slammed an eye-watering 77 off 25 balls
Eoin Morgan has admitted England were "out-skilled" and "exposed" by New Zealand as they suffered another crushing World Cup defeat
Adam Milne's stunning boundary catch, Tim Southee's searing yorker to Moeen Ali, Brendon McCullum's hitting - there was plenty of action in Wellington
Those who feared that uncompetitive games might undermine the credibility of the World Cup might reflect that it is England, for all their wealth and hubris, who are the biggest embarrassment
The story of Tim Southee's seven wickets in Wellington, which blew away England for 123 in a brilliant exhibition of swing bowling, courtesy ESPNcricinfo's unrivalled ball-by-ball service
Tim Southee, who set up New Zealand's thumping, eight-wicket win over England in Wellington with a record 7 for 33, said it was "almost the perfect performance"
England were hammered before England had even woken up - but all is not yet lost
Michael Holding has questioned whether Gary Ballance's last-minute inclusion at No 3 is the right World Cup call for England after they crashed to a spectacular defeat against New Zealand in Wellington
Stats highlights from the Pool A game between England and New Zealand in Wellington
Tim Southee produced New Zealand's best-every bowling figures of, seven for 33, to help his side beat a shell-shocked England by eight wickets in their World Cup 2015 Pool A encounter in Wellington on Friday.
#BendTheRules Moments from the World Cup Group A encounter between New Zealand and England.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was genial when asked about the struggles of one of his "better mates," England counterpart Eoin Morgan, who has scored two runs in his last five innings leading up to Friday's clash in Wellington
A "humble young man" and "a pleasure to be around" are not the words that must be going around in the England players' heads, considering Trent Boult's recent form and craftsmanship with the new ball
England have not beaten New Zealand in the World Cup since 1983, but have a decent record against them in recent games
England's problem - one of their problems - is that they are not strong enough to afford passengers and Eoin Morgan is fast becoming one
Number of ducks for Eoin Morgan in his last 7 ODI innings. He has also scored a century in this period
Years since Eng last beat NZ in a World Cup game (in 1983). Since then Eng have lost four World Cup games to NZ.