New Zealand crush Zimbabwe in 3 days
New Zealand bowled out Zimbabwe twice in a day, Chris Martin 8/31 over two innings to deliver an emphatic victory by an innings and 301 runs.
Zimbabwe won the toss and inserted New Zealand to bat only to see Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill add 124 runs for the first wicket. Guptill and Kane Williamson were dismissed in quick succession before former Royal Challengers Bangalore batsman and NZ skipper Ross Taylor added 64 runs for the third wicket.
Zimbabwe got two more quick wickets, dismissing McCullum and Dean Brownlie within two overs before Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Daniel Vettori added 82 runs with Taylor for the fifth wicket. Vettori slammed a quickfire 38 off 45 balls before he was stumped off Graeme Cremer, trying to go for another big hit.
Taylor brought up his ton off 154 balls as NZ finished on 331/5 at Stumps on Day 1.
Only 15.2 overs of play took place on Day 2 due to rain. Taylor retired hurt on 122 and BJ Watling brought up his half century as NZ reached 392/5 before rain stopped play.
Watling raced to his century off 148 balls as NZ reached 495/7 when Ross Taylor declared, Brendon McCullum taking over captaincy duties to relieve the injured Taylor.
Chris Martin and Trent Boult ran through Zimbabwe’s top order, Doug Bracewell chipping in with the wicket of danger man Brendan Taylor as Zimbabwe slid to 20/5 within just 15 overs at Lunch. Bracewell, Daniel Vettori and Tim Southee came into action as Zimbabwe were bowled out in the next 13 overs as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 51, trailing NZ by 444 runs. Vettori took his wicket and gave away just 2 runs in his 4 over spell, 3 of which were maidens.
The follow on was enforced and Zimbabwe got off to another bad start, sliding to 12/5 as Bracewell and Martin demolished their top order. Regis Chakabva built a series of little partnerships with Forster Mutiwa, Graeme Cremer and Shingi Masakadza, taking Zimbabwe to 143/8 before he was dismissed on 63. Brian Vitori was dismissed off the first ball he faced as Zimbabwe’s second innings was wrapped up for 143, NZ sealing the game by an innings and 301 runs.
Chris Martin claimed the top order wickets of Tino Mawoyo, Henry Masakadza and Brendan Taylor in his first spell and returned to remove the stubborn Chakabva, Shingi Masakadza and Vitori in his second. He took 6/26 in the second innings and finished with a match haul of 8/31, picking up the Man of the Match award for his superb efforts.