Wellington, Feb 20: New Zealand paceman Tim Southee today equalled the World Cup record for best bowling, against England at Westpac Stadium. (McCullum blasts fastest WC fifty)
Match Scorecard; World Cup Special
Right-arm fast bowler Southee destroyed England's batting with a career-best haul of 7/33 in 9 overs on Friday in conditions which helped swing bowling in their Pool A match of ICC World Cup 2015. New Zealand eased to victory by 8 wickets with 226 balls to spare after Brendon McCullum smashed World Cup's fastest half century, in 18 balls. (List of records in this match)
This was after England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and batted. They were bundled out for 123 in 33.2 overs. Four victims of Southee's seven were bowled - Ian Bell, Moeen Ali, James Taylor and Chris Woakes.
Southee is only the 4th bowler (3rd best) in World Cup history to bag a 7-wicket haul in an innings. The others being Winston Davis (West Indies), Glenn McGrath and Andy Bichel (both Australia).
Today's 7/33 from Southee is also the best ever ODI bowling figures by a New Zealander in One Day Internationals. He is the first Kiwi bowler to taken 7 wickets in a ODI innings.
In World Cups, McGrath still holds the record for the best bowling with 7/15 against Namibia in 2003 edition.
The 26-year-old Southee has so far taken 127 wickets in 88 matches.
Best bowling figures in an innings in World Cups
7/15 (7-4-15-7) - Glenn McGrath (Australia) Vs Namibia (2003)
7/20 (10-0-20-7) - Andy Bichel (Australia) Vs England (2003)
7/33 (9-0-33-7) - Tim Southee (New Zealand) Vs England (2015)
7/51 (10.3-0-51-7) - Winston Davis (West Indies) Vs Australia (1983)
Best bowling figures in an innings for New Zealand
7/33 - Southee Vs England (Today)
6/19 - Shane Bond Vs India (2005)
6/23 - Bond Vs Australia (2003)
6/25 - Scott Styris Vs West Indies (2002)