Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Look Back at Tim Southee's 7-33 against England at Wellington

Tim Southee put on a high class exhibition of swing bowling as he had the ball talking and none of the English batsmen were able to decipher what was being thrown at them. Let us look back at how he got those 7 wickets one by one.

Wicket number 1 - Ian Bell, clean bowled

The ball came in sharply and as Bell moved to the leg side to hit the ball on the off side it left him just a tad bit to strike the top of the off stump.

Tim Southee is mobbed by his teammates after he castled Ian Bell 
en route to taking career best 7-33 against England at Wellington

Wicket number 2 - Moeen Ali, clean bowled

Moeen was given a short ball first up and then came the deadly inswinging yorker. He was camping on the backfoot, deep in his crease and the ball snuck underneath his lame attempt to strike the base of off stump,

Wicket number 3 - James Taylor, clean bowled

A wide out swinger is followed by one that starts at around the middle and leg stump. Taylor misses it completely and the off pole is pegged back!

Wicket number 4 - Jos Buttler, caught behind by Ronchi

It is an out swinger in the perfect channel and Buttler duly nicks it behind and Luke Ronchi takes an easy catch.

Wicket number 5 - Chris Woakes, clean bowled

Southee goes wide of the crease and angles the ball in. It comes in and then swerves away at the last moment as the off stump is knocked over once again.

Wicket number 6 - Chris Broad, caught at mid off by Daniel Vettori

Broad seemed to be expecting a bouncer as he moves away to the leg side and has a tame waft at the ball. It takes the bottom edge and lobs up to Daniel Vettori at mid off who completes a simple chance.

Wicket number 7 - Steven Finn, caught at first slip by Ross Taylor

It is another away swinging delivery and Finn just hangs his bat out which gets an edge and Ross Taylor grabs the catch.

Tim Southee's 7/33 was the best ever by a Kiwi bowler in ODI cricket and it was the 3rd best in Cricket World Cup tournaments. It was a treat to watch the this spell by Tim Southee as the English were clueless against him. Those who have not yet watched, go look it up on youtube and enjoy the show!! England were all out for just 123 and New Zealand won the match by 8 wickets and 226 balls to spare.

PS - The image used is courtesy www.espncricinfo.com

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