20th February has to be the Kiwi medium-fast bowler, Tim Southee's favourite day of the year.
Today, in the third and final match of the three-game ODI series against Bangladesh, the 30-year-old bowler single-handedly dismantled the entire batting order of the Bengal Tigers in a massive 6-wicket-haul, giving out 65 runs in 9.1 overs and sealing the clean sweep (3-0) in favour of New Zealand whilst being awarded the Man of the Match.
NEW ZEALAND SWEEP SERIES 3-0
A brilliant 6/65 for Tim Southee, to go with a run-out. The paceman wraps up the Bangladesh innings, and New Zealand win the final ODI by 88 runs.#NZvBAN SCORECARD â¬ï¸https://t.co/crmF5y8m8H pic.twitter.com/BAzNYNBUQS
Exactly four years ago, today, the phenomenal bowler had shown similar brilliance against England in a group stage match during the ICC World Cup 2015.
With a roster loaded with talents like Ian Bell, Joe Root and Moeen Ali, England was ready to take over the match as they decided to bat first after winning the toss. Little did they know that the then 26-year-old Southee had brought along a barrage of variations which nobody had expected.
After bowling out English opener Ian Bell in the fifth over, the wickets fell like ninepins and once Adam Milne and Daniel Vettori dismissed Root and skipper Eoin Morgan, respectively, there was no stopping Southee.
Literally, every batsman after Morgan was sent back to the dressing room by Tim, while wrapping up the Englishmen's innings in a hurry in just 34 overs of a below-average total of 123.
The Kiwis did not take long to move on as they matched England's total and won the game in just 12.2 overs.February 20, 2015
Tim's 6-33 were the best one-day stats put up by any New Zealand bowler ever. His fast and full deliveries along with some movement in the air led to the absolute fallout of the England players.February 20, 2019
"A packed house was pretty special to come out in front of. We've been bowling well as a group for a long time and today was one of those moments when it all went well for us. Our coach, Shane Bond, does a lot of work behind the scenes and puts confidence into us,” said the modest bowler.
After winning all three of the ODIs against Bangladesh, the Kiwis are looking forward to the Test series beginning 28th February.