Who must have predicted that after 20 days into the World Cup New Zealand would be the team to beat. Having decimated almost every team they look in ominous form. They have really made this world cup their own.
The most consistent team to never have won the world cup seems to have it in them this time. I watched in awe how they decimated the English batting line up. Tim Southee with the swing he gets can be a handful for any batsman. He took 7/33 to skittle out England for 123 in 33.2 overs. Then came the blast, McCullum the destroyer put all the bowlers to sword. In the process he broke his own record for fastest world cup 50.So supreme was the New Zealand team that the floodlights never had to be put on. The 100 over game finished in less than 50 overs.
It was not all, it was the turn of mighty Australians next.
So potent is the Southee Bolt combination that even the formidable Australian batting was brought to knees. Add to that the wily Vettori who has fooled the best with his harmless looking spin. The Australians fared better and crossed 150 thanks to Brad Haddin. However the match was good with Mitchell Starc displaying the weakness of the Kiwis. He rocked the batting order after McCullum departed after a quick 50. However Williamson the cool customer saw them through.
This team looks in ominous form and I love to watch them. The flamboyant Brendon McCullum with his inventive captaincy adds to the already well oiled team.