Wellington. Spectators at the Wellington stadium crowded ICC officials and demanded a 50% refund of their ticket prices as the match finished with just 45.4 overs played across both innings, thanks to a stellar display from England.
England’s display with the bat was what we are accustomed to post the mental disintegration Mitchell Johnson has caused, but they also ran into the NZ captain who in his charitable mood decided to make it up to the crowd by giving them 7 opportunities for a one-handed, albeit orange t-shirt wearing catch, setting them on course for a million dollar win.
Asked if he was disappointed on missing out on what could have been the fastest ODI century, McCullum said that with the target of 124 he knew it would be tough as Guptill wanted to get his 50 too but there was still hope till he tried to hit a Woakes delivery for 12 and got out.
Ravi Bopara, wearing an orange t-shirt and crouching behind the advertisement boards was spotted by a fan and asked if he got any catching opportunities, he said, “We got the position of our fielders in the crowd wrong, we placed them on the leg side over cow corner and mid wicket but all the sixes went over on the off-side. So unfair,” he lamented.
An English player on condition of anonymity said that at 104/3, he had expected that they would reach their average score of 170 but NZ did not play in the spirit of the game and bowled their premier bowlers before the 40th over. Traditional cricket dictates that the best bowlers can only bowl in the beginning and at the end of an inning and NZ did not follow this unsaid ethical code, he complained.
In the meantime, there was a huge fireworks display in Bangladesh as Bangladesh celebrated their pre-qualification to the knock-outs.
“England’s display has given us the confidence of a comfortable knock-out stage qualification despite the huge defeats we will suffer at the hands of New Zealand and Australia,” said a Bangladesh Board official.
ECB officials said that they were in talks with the Ireland to replace Eoin Morgan with one of the Brien brothers but were gifted a St. Patricks day hat and a bottle of their premium whisky to keep Morgan as far from the Irish as possible.
“Well, we still have some hope from the Scots,” said the chairman as he gulped the last of the whisky!