Five memorable spells from Tim Southee

Five memorable spells from Tim Southee

Tim Southee: Five memorable spells from Tim Southee.

  • 5/61 Vs India, at the Basin Reserve, 2020


O: 21, M: 6. R: 61, W: 5, Economy Rate: 2.9.


India was already on the back foot, after conceding a lead of 183 runs. The Kiwi bowlers were brilliant in the 1st innings, bowling the visitors out for just 165 in 68.1 overs. Debutant Kyle Jamieson (4/39) and Tim Southee (4/49), ripped through the Indian batting line-up. In India’s second innings, Tim Southee (5/61) and Trent Boult (4/39) ripped through India in as the Kiwis bowled the visitors out for 192 in 81 overs. Heading into the 4th Day, India were trailing by 39 runs. The score was 144/4 after 65 overs. Southee picked up the vital wicket of Mayank Agarwal on 58. Agarwal nicked the ball to the wicketkeeper, BJ Watling. Ajinkya Rahane (25) and Hanuma Vihari (15) remained not out overnight. Both batsmen were the key to India setting a good target on Day 4.


India only mustered a lead of 9 runs. New Zealand chased the target in 1.4 overs. India lost their last 6 wickets for just 47 runs and they only lasted 16 overs. Rahane departed first and then Southee bowled Vihari (19). The delivery came back into Vihari and kept lower than Vihari anticipated, crashing into off-stump. Southee dismissed R. Ashwin, lbw for 4. After de Grandhomme removed Ishant Sharma, Southee dismissed Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah to complete his 10th Test match 5-wicket haul. Rishabh Pant (25) hit the ball straight to Trent Boult, while Jasprit Bumrah (2) edged the ball to substitute fielder, Daryl Mitchell, in the slips. Southee won the man of the match award for his brilliant bowling. In total, he picked up 9/110 off 41.1 overs with 11 maidens to his name.  


  • 6/68 vs Sri Lanka, Basin Reserve, Wellington, 2018:

O: 27, M: 7, R: 68, W: 6, E.R.: 2.52.


In the first test of the 2018-19 2 -Test series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka, Tim Southee wreaked havoc in Sri Lanka’s 1st innings. New Zealand came back from the U.A.E. after pulling off a historic test series victory against Pakistan.


Sri Lanka had their task cut out against a confident Kiwi outfit, and they got off to a horrible start. Tim Southee picked up the first 3 wickets with only 9 runs on the board. Sri Lanka were 3/9 after just 4 overs. Southee had the ball moving and Sri Lanka did not have a clue how to survive. His opening spell was brilliant as he picked up 3/16 off 6 overs with 2 maidens to his name. He removed Danushka Gunathilaka (1), Dhananjaya de Silva (1) and Kusal Mendis (2) within the first 4 overs. Later on, Southee got rid of a well-set Angelo Mathews (83) and Dinesh Chandimal (6) to complete his 7th Test match 5-wicket haul. He picked up the last man, Lahiru Kumara (0), who hit the ball to leg-slip. The Kiwis bowled Sri Lanka out for 282 in 90 overs.


Southee got the ball to swing, and he bowled wily angles, which troubled Sri Lanka. He bowled two good bouncers to remove Mathews and Chandimal. 


  • 5/62 Vs Sri Lanka, P Sara Oval, 2012.

O: 22, M: 4, R: 62, W: 5, E.R.: 2.82.


New Zealand had lost 5 consecutive Tests before they leveled the 2-match test series against Sri Lanka with a comprehensive 165-run victory at the P Sara Oval. New Zealand bowled Sri Lanka out for 244 in 94.4 overs in Sri Lanka’s first innings. It gave New Zealand a lead of 168 runs, which proved to be vital in the game’s context. Southee picked up 5/62 off 22 overs with 4 maidens to his name.

Southee bowled Tillakaratne Dilshan (5) with a straight one that had a hint of swing. Dilshan missed it and was clean bowled. Southee then got the big wicket of Kumar Sangakkara with a surprise short ball that Sangakkara (0) top-edged to the man at fine-leg, Trent Boult. Sri Lanka were in some early trouble with the score at 2/7 after just 3 overs. Southee got rid of the opener, Tharanga Paranavitana (40), caught behind by Kruger van Wyk. Southee then removed the well-set, Angelo Mathews (84). The Kiwi quick was in on the action again, as he dismissed Nuwan Kulasekara (18), early on the 4th Day, to complete his 3rd Test match 5 wicket-haul.

Southee bowled with superb control and got enough swing to trouble the Sri Lankan batsmen. Southee got 3/58 off 20 overs in the 2nd innings and picked up 8/120 in 42 overs with 9 maidens to his name for the match. Trent Boult supported Southee by bowling accurately and providing the vital breakthroughs for his side. Boult picked up a match haul of 7/75 off 38.5 overs with 13 maidens to his name. It was a major victory for New Zealand as it ended a 5-match losing streak in Tests.

  • 7/33 Vs England, Westpac Stadium, Wellington, 2015 World Cup.

O:9, M:0, R: 33, W: 7, E.R.: 3.67.

New Zealand and England met in a Pool A encounter in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup at Westpac Stadium, Wellington. The match was one-sided. New Zealand crushed England by eight wickets with 226 deliveries remaining. The match itself finished in 45.4 overs. England batted first and scored just 132 in 33.2 overs. Joe Root (46) top-scored for England.

Southee put on a swing-bowling masterclass. He bowled with immaculate control and got enough swing to trouble England. It was a special performance from the man from Whangarei. Southee bowled both openers, Ian Bell (8) and Moeen Ali (20). He swung the ball away from Bell to hit off-stump, and he bowled a beautiful in-swinging yorker to remove Ali. Southee then picked up 5 of the last 6 England wickets. England were 4/104 after 27 overs. They lost their last 6 wickets for 28 runs in 6.2 overs. Southee bowled James Taylor (0), and Chris Woakes (0) with two beautiful swinging deliveries. Jos Buttler (3) edged the ball to the wicket-keeper, Luke Ronchi. Steven Finn edged an away-swinging delivery to the slips, and Stuart Broad lobbed a slower ball back to Daniel Vettori. Southee bowled 4 England batsman. He bowled 38 dot balls out of 54 deliveries. That is a dot ball percentage of around 66.6%. Southee’s figures were the third-best figures in a World Cup match, and it was the best by a Kiwi in a World Cup match.

  • 5/18 vs Pakistan, at Eden Park, Auckland 2010.

O: 4, M:0, R: 18, W: 5, E.R.: 4.5.


After a long season away from home, where New Zealand did not win a game in Bangladesh and India, New Zealand was aiming to get some momentum heading into the 2011 World Cup. The Blackcaps needed to end their losing streak as soon as possible and they did that against Pakistan when the 1992 World Champions came to the land of the long white cloud in 2010-11. The first match of the 3-match T20 series occurred in Eden Park, Auckland. The surface was hard and quick. However, the Eden Park straight boundary was short.


A young Tim Southee ripped through the Pakistani batting line-up. He ended up with astonishing figures of 5/18 in 4 overs. Southee went at an economy rate of under 5 in a T20 match, which is outstanding. The young gun picked up a hat-trick and stopped the early Pakistan juggernaut.


Pakistan were cruising at 58 for 1 in 5.5 overs. New Zealand needed something special, and they got it from Tim Southee. The fast-medium bowler picked up 5 wickets in just 9 deliveries including a hat-trick. He used his height to good effect on a quick, hard surface. Southee bowled with pace, control, and extracted movement and bounce off the Eden Park wicket. He removed Younis Khan (2), Mohammad Hafeez (24) and Umar Akmal (0) to register his first T20 hat-trick and New Zealand’s 2nd T20 International hat-trick. Jacob Oram was the first New Zealand bowler to pick up a T-20 international hat-trick. Oram achieved the feat against Sri Lanka at R. Premadasa Stadium in 2009.


Akmal’s decision turned out to be dubious. Southee wasn’t complaining though, as he picked up his maiden hat-trick. Earlier Southee removed Ahmed Shehzad (14) and after 9.2 overs, he removed Abdul Razzaq (1) to complete his maiden T20 5-wicket haul. At that point, Pakistan were reeling at 68/6 and thanks to Umar Gul and Wahab Riaz, they reached a total of 143/9 after 20 overs. However, that wasn’t enough as New Zealand chased down the target with 5 wickets and 17 balls remaining. Southee received the man of the match award for his outstanding performance with the ball.




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