'This is going to be one painful inquest'

8:01 pm on 20 February 2015

England fans have been left stunned as the Black Caps swept to an eight-wicket victory in Wellington, setting two new records along the way.

England's captain Eoin Morgan walks from the field after being caught by New Zealand's Trent Boult.

England's captain Eoin Morgan walks from the field after being caught by New Zealand's Trent Boult. Photo: AFP

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum broke his own record for the fastest 50 at a Cricket World Cup, off just 18 balls.

In the first innings, Tim Southee's seven wickets for 33 runs were the best-ever figures for a New Zealander at a Cricket World Cup, with England bowled out for just 123.

Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council is defending the umpires' decision to call a 45-minute break with New Zealand needing only 12 runs to win after nine overs.

Reports from the stadium said many people thought the game was over when the break was called and started to leave.

The ICC said it was in its regulations for umpires to call breaks at certain points during the game, and they had no alternative.

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