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Records tumble in Wellington, McCullum hits fastest World Cup fifty after Southee's 7-wicket haul

New Delhi: Records tumbled at Westpac Stadium on Friday as New Zealand decimated a clueless English side by eight wickets in their ICC World Cup 2015 fixture at Wellington.

In the first session, medium-pacer Tim Southee produced a dream-spell by scalping seven wickets to bundle out England for meagre 123 runs. Chasing the paltry total, Kiwis were well placed at 112 for 1 after the end of nine over as players took the lunch break, which in fact served as the innings break.

Kiwi chase started in a rousing note, as expected, with Brendon McCullum scoring fastest World Cup fifty. Known as one of the fiercest hitters of the cricket ball, the Kiwi skipper destroyed English attack with an array of superb strokes all around the Westpac Stadium.

He reached the mini-milestone off mere 18 balls, smashing seven fours and four sixes. However, he finally perished trying to heave one over mid-wicket off a full-toss delivery from Chris Woakes off the first ball of eighth over. By then, the co-hosts had almost achieved what they wanted – to destroy England and serve a warning to other teams.

In one over off Steve Finn, the 33-year-old hit four sixes in a row to milk 29 runs. Earlier, the same bowler was treated with same disdain, being hit for two fours and two sixes in a 20-run over.

McCullum's hitting sequence today: 1-6-0-0-4-4-4-4-4-0-1-6-4-0-4-6-0-6-6-6-6-4-0-1-0 for his 77 off 25 balls.

Interestingly, the previous record for the fastest World Cup fifty was also in his name, off 20 balls against Canada in 2007.His innings was also the equal third-fastest ODI half-century, behind South Africa`s AB de Villiers (16 balls) and Sri Lanka`s Sanath Jayasuriya (17 balls).

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