ICC Cricket World Cup, 18th Match, Group A: New Zealand v Zimbabwe at Ahmedabad, Mar 4, 2011
ICC Cricket World Cup - 18th match, Group A
New Zealand won by 10 wickets (with 99 balls remaining)
Played at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad (neutral venue)
4 March 2011 (50-over match)

Right, game time. Taylor takes strike first up. Coventry is the non-striker. Can't wait for his to face Vettori. Will be quite a 'spectacle', if you know what I mean. Not immediately, though. Mills has the new ball. Two slips in place.

I am Nitin Sundar starting off commentary for today. Abhishek Purohit will join me later in the game.

Hahaha! Harsha Bhogle, on air, lets us know that Pat Symcox just collapsed in grief seeing Allan Donald in Black Cap gear! Wonder what Symcox feels when he sees Pietersen in England colours ... or Ryan ten Doeschate in Orange ... or Imran Tahir in South African colours ... No wait, scratch that.

The teams are out there for the Spirit of Cricket song, followed by the anthems. Don't expect a huge turn-out at Motera today. Those Ahmedabadis are too commercial-minded to make up the numbers, in the sun, for a mid-field battle.

PJ3000: "Bit harsh Nitin rating NZ so lowly at the off! With the likes of Vettori, Ryder, Brendan McCullum, Oram and Taylor in the mix, surely it's a just a question of when this team will finally click."

I agree, PJ. In August last year, this very team trounced India, in the subcontinent, by over 200 runs. It is a question of when they will click. We have been waiting for six months now ...

Surprise from our readers that Franklin is playing ahead of Williamson. More surprise, and some outrage, that Oram is sitting out while Bennett is playing. It's amazing how no two people can agree on a playing XI. Ever.

Mark says, "I'm an NZ supporter but not riled by your comments. At the moment, sadly, they are well deserved. The other change I'd have made is Kane Williamson for Taylor who is getting by on reputation alone. If he fails again today then I think he needs to be dropped to send the message that form, not reputation, is what counts. A few others I'd suggest are also on borrowed time."

Rogan Templer: "Come on Zimbabwe! Here's hoping the boys knuckle down and get a good score for Ray and Co. to bowl at. Brendan Taylor needs to weigh in with some runs!"

Tim: "Zimbabwe's strength is in their bowling. If they can get 250+ here they will be very tough to beat. Taylor and Coventry have underperformed so far, ie. they are due."

You know who is playing. You know who's batting first. Now is the full-information window to make changes to your Fantasy side. Make good use of it.

I for one, am pleased to see Mills in the NZ playing XI. And am surprised not to see Daryl Tuffey in the squad. For me, along with Tim Southee, they are the best ODI seamers in New Zealand. Mills has the ability to strike early, almost everytime. More importantly, though, they need to sort their batting woes. Can Guptill, Taylor and co. please stand up?

Toss time

Chigumbura elects to bat on a nice dry wicket and hopes his spinners can come into the game once they have a score to defend. "Today is the more important game for us. Williams and Mpofu are out injured. Chakabva and Panyangara come in.

Vettori: "Long tournament, lot of down time.. the facilities here are wonderful and we are up for this game. Our record in the subcontinent is not the best, but that won't matter today since it is a neutral game." Jamie How makes way for Kyle Mills.

Welcome to Game 18! This could be the one that breaks open Group A. Hypothetically, if Zimbabwe wins today, and everything else between these two sides remain ceteris paribus [ie, all else remaining equal], Zimbabwe could sneak into the quarters. I might be riling our NZ supporters by saying this ... if Zimbabwe wins today, it might not qualify as an upset. More analysis in George Binoy's preview. NZ fans will be hoping Ross Taylor can break out of his Groundhog day syndrome.

Minutes to go for the toss. Think you are more perceptive than Kris Srikkanth? Get cracking on our Team selector game asap.

0.1

Mills to Taylor, no run, back of a length to start off, pushed onto the pads and Taylor looks to flick. Can't get bat on it though.

0.2

Mills to Taylor, no run, better line, holds the length short of the driving area, Taylor crouches and moves across to cover the line.

0.3

Mills to Taylor, no run, the first signs of movement, Mills always gets the ball to swerve away, but very good pace off the track, comes onto the bat nicely and Taylor drives to mid off

0.4

Mills to Taylor, 1 wide, slips this one too far down the leg side, and Zimbabwe open their account with a wide

0.4

Mills to Taylor, no run, nice timing again from Taylor, but he again finds a fielder. Short of a length outside off, Taylor stays beside the line and cracks it into the covers

0.5

Mills to Taylor, no run, 'Wait on!', yells Taylor after staying on the crease and playing softly towards point

0.6

Mills to Taylor, no run, very good start from Mills barring the wide. Taylor moves across and hangs back to defend a back of length delivery into the off side

Vish: "My bet is on Kiwi's to lift this world cup. Sounds ridiculous, so be it. Just a gut feeling, everything will fall in place for them at the right time."

Why not, Vish. Pigs can fly. So can the kiwi.

End of over 1 (1 run) Zimbabwe 1/0 (RR: 1.00)

    • BRM Taylor 0 (6b)
    • CK Coventry 0 (0b)
    • KD Mills 1-0-1-0
1.1

Southee to Coventry, no run, good start from Southee, lands the first one back of a length along off stump. Not much feet movement from Coventry, just opens the face and defends to point

1.2

Southee to Coventry, 1 wide, Southee sprays it down the leg side now. Another wide.

1.2

Southee to Coventry, OUT, direct hit from mid on, and Coventry is in trouble. Fuller delivery from Southee, moving away from middle and off, Coventry gets half forward and drives without much timing to mid-on. Bennett does reall well, charging forward, swooping on the ball and under-arming into the sticks at the bowler's end. Coventry was not running full-tilt. He wasn't stretching fully. He's caught short by half a foot or so.

CK Coventry run out 0 (7m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

1.3

Southee to Taylor, FOUR, again Southee searches for that big away swing, but too ambitiout. He sprays it onto Taylor's pads, and Taylor skips inside the line to glance daintily along to fine leg. First runs off the bat.

1.4

Southee to Taylor, 1 run, a better judged single. Taylor taps softly off the pads to midwicket and they hustle across. Taibu will make most singles, however tight they are. He's the new man in.

1.5

Southee to Taibu, no run, angling into middle and leg from short of a length, Taibu blocks to the leg side

1.6

Southee to Taibu, no run, decent finish to the over from Southee, just focusing on the McGrath region of doubt, back of a length on and around off stump. Taibu stands upright and times the defensive push down the ground pretty well. Fielded by mid off

End of over 2 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 7/1 (RR: 3.50)

    • T Taibu 0 (2b)
    • BRM Taylor 5 (8b 1x4)
    • TG Southee 1-0-6-0
    • KD Mills 1-0-1-0
2.1

Mills to Taylor, no run, curl in the air for Mills. Comes in from wide of the crease, and straightens in the air and goes through outside off stump. Good leave from Taylor

2.2

Mills to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length and a foot outside off, Taylor hangs back and deflects backward of point for a single

2.3

Mills to Taibu, no run, Taibu comes half across and then decides to leave as Mills bustles through outside off stump and lively pace

2.4

Mills to Taibu, 1 run, attacks the stumps this time, and Taibu shows Coventry how the quick single is to be done. Played softly towards mid on, Vettori runs in from midwicket and intercepts, but doesn't even throw. Taibu is a whir of fast moving legs as he scoots in.

2.5

Mills to Taylor, no run, back of a length outside off stump, defended solidly to the off side

2.6

Mills to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor gets another single, hanging back in the crease and working Mills with the angle towards midwicket.

Smudgeon: "Vish - as much as I love the Kiwi side, I think them winning this World Cup is as likely as me winning the 2011 Melbourne Cup."

End of over 3 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 10/1 (RR: 3.33)

    • BRM Taylor 7 (12b 1x4)
    • T Taibu 1 (4b)
    • KD Mills 2-0-4-0
    • TG Southee 1-0-6-0
3.1

Southee to Taylor, no run, too straight from Southee, ends up on Taylor's pads and he tucks him straight to midwicket

Short midwicket in place for Taylor. This is not one of those slow, stopping pitches. Yet.

3.2

Southee to Taylor, no run, short of a length again, just outside off and Taylor drops it with soft hands to the off side

3.3

Southee to Taylor, 2 runs, 138.6 kph, but poor direction from Southee. Nice touch from Taylor, he stays on the crease, gets nicely inside the line to tuck it to the right of square leg and to the left of deep fine leg for a couple of easy runs.

3.4

Southee to Taylor, no run, fuller length on off stump, Taylor is confidently forward to defend down the track

3.5

Southee to Taylor, no run, ooh, played with such soft hands that it nearly spun back towards the furniture. Back of a length in line with off stump, Taylor defends and then looks back in alarm as the ball heads close to the stumps. No damage done.

3.6

Southee to Taylor, no run, ends with one short of driving length and angling into Taylor who defends solidly down the track.

Suli: "Smudgeon doesn't sound like a bad horse name."

End of over 4 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 12/1 (RR: 3.00)

    • BRM Taylor 9 (18b 1x4)
    • T Taibu 1 (4b)
    • TG Southee 2-0-8-0
    • KD Mills 2-0-4-0
4.1

Mills to Taibu, FOUR, glorious from Taibu. There hasn't been much to drive, but once Mills over-pitched Taibu was gleefully ready. Leans that front foot across to the pitch of the pall and drills it through the line, to the left of extra cover.

4.2

Mills to Taibu, no run, Mills wisely holds the length back and gets it to angle into Taibu who soulders arms

4.3

Mills to Taibu, no run, similar length, but straighter, Taibu pushes forward and defends down the track

4.4

Mills to Taibu, no run, fuller length this time, angling in from wide of the stumps at 133.6 kph, Taibu carefully defends.

Does anyone else have a Taibu-like stance. The man's back is not straight, it is actually arching back as he stands up, and not crouching forward. Unique.

4.5

Mills to Taibu, no run, full again outside off, Taibu's timing them alright. Straight to cover this time

4.6

Mills to Taibu, 1 run, another single stolen to the on side, Taibu gets one on the pads and dabs softly towards mid on for one

Wayde: "i'll put $10 on Smudgeon, still no decent odds on NZ tho"

Stuart: "Is it sad that when I read "Short midwicket in place for Taylor" I instantly thought of Ross Taylor?"

Not really. Henceforth, I shall refer to the Zim Taylor as Brendan.

End of over 5 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 17/1 (RR: 3.40)

    • T Taibu 6 (10b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 9 (18b 1x4)
    • KD Mills 3-0-9-0
    • TG Southee 2-0-8-0
5.1

Southee to Taibu, no run, length ball, Southee gets it to angle in, in a Millsy manner, and Taibu punches into the covers

5.2

Southee to Taibu, 1 run, this time Southee is too straight, again, and Taibu gets a single to mid on

5.3

Southee to Taylor, FOUR, wait, wait, what's that? Hope the people at Pepsi are watching. This is not the Sehwag Upar Cut. it is not the Dilshan Pallu scoop. Our man, Venkat Raghav names it the 'Perpendicular cut'. This is what happened: Brendan saw a short ball, thought he had room to play the upper cut, and arched back, while angling the bat face. And then he noticed it coming in sharply, cramping him for room. What does Brendan do? He arches further back, and the ball is actually where his head was when he took stance. He then plays the upper cut. And gets it down to fine leg. Go figure!

5.4

Southee to Taylor, no run, length ball on off stump, defended into the off side. Jeez, three balls have been bowled in the time it took me to describe that delight!

5.5

Southee to Taylor, no run, Brendan lets this one go outside off.

5.6

Southee to Taylor, 1 run, ohh, a tight run thing that. Brendan gets away with it, dropped softly to the leg side and he hustles down the track and dives to make his ground.

End of over 6 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 23/1 (RR: 3.83)

    • BRM Taylor 14 (22b 2x4)
    • T Taibu 7 (12b 1x4)
    • TG Southee 3-0-14-0
    • KD Mills 3-0-9-0
6.1

Mills to Taylor, 1 run, back of a length outside off, Brendan opens the face and dabs it to short third man for one

Mathew: "Smudgeon, if you are a horse who can type, there are better things you can be doing than running in the Melbourne Cup!"

6.2

Mills to Taibu, no run, lovely stuff from Mills. He's been getting them to curve away for the most part, but this time he nips one back in off the seam. Taibu realised very late that it was coming in, and had to cover the gap between bat and pad in a hurry. The ball snuck through, but missed the stumps.

6.3

Mills to Taibu, 1 run, whoa, Nathan, leave the beamers for when you are bowling! Taibu puches to mid off with pristine timing and makes his ground. Nathan McCullium throws it straight at his head, Taibu ducks and it then hits the stumps at the striker's end.

6.4

Mills to Taylor, no run, Brendan may be in trouble now. Lbw appeal turned down, and refered. Landed on off stump, short of a length and then came in off the seam, Brendan was guilty of looking to play around the pads, and he missed. Hits in line, but replays say it was barely clipping the top of middle and leg. That is going to save him. Umpire Erasmus sticks to his original verdict.

6.5

Mills to Taylor, 2 runs, good shot, Mills gives him enough width outside off to get beside the line and use the wrists to steer between point and third man for a couple

6.6

Mills to Taylor, no run, lets the last one go through outside off, phew! Eventful couple of overs, those

End of over 7 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 27/1 (RR: 3.85)

    • BRM Taylor 17 (26b 2x4)
    • T Taibu 8 (14b 1x4)
    • KD Mills 4-0-13-0
    • TG Southee 3-0-14-0
7.1

Southee to Taibu, no run, short of a length at 135 kph and cutting in off the seam, solid defence from Taibu.

Anees: "Nitin, thank God Taibu is a short man. Stance like that for a tall man would have looked something very unusual."

7.2

Southee to Taibu, no run, Taibu chips out of the crease early, Southee probably saw him and landed this even shorter of driving length. Taibu had to defend into the off side

7.3

Southee to Taibu, no run, you will see a lot of New Zealand cricket, and very rarely see Vettori drop a catch. A sitter at that. Taibu has been itching to go for the booming drive, gets one just short of the slot and goes through with the shot. He could not get enough on that to get over Vettori's head, and the captain at mid-off crouched low and looked to pouch it. In and out.

7.4

Southee to Taibu, OUT, Southee probably doesn't have to wait long for redemption. Zimbabwe have refered an lbw appeal that was upheld. Southee gets this one to bend in with the angle, from back of a length around off stump. Taibu tries to work it towards the onside after moving the front foot into line, and almost falls over as he looks to play around the pads. It slips past the bat and thuds into the foam. Looks hopelessly adjacent. Taibu never wanted to refer that, but went through on Brendan's insistence. Zimbabwe have wasted a review.

T Taibu lbw b Southee 8 (28m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

Ervine is the new man in. Zim in a spot of bother.

7.5

Southee to Ervine, no run, lively stuff from Southee, clocks at 129 kph but angles across the new man nicely, and he plays inside the line

7.6

Southee to Ervine, no run, Ervine gets bat on this one, opening the face and steering it backward of square

End of over 8 (wicket maiden) Zimbabwe 27/2 (RR: 3.37)

    • CR Ervine 0 (2b)
    • BRM Taylor 17 (26b 2x4)
    • TG Southee 4-1-14-1
    • KD Mills 4-0-13-0
8.1

Mills to Taylor, 1 run, Brendan potters across the crease and nudges with the angle backward of midwicket for one

8.2

Mills to Ervine, no run, Ervine is not very sure of his off stump yet. Mills again hits that seam and gets it to move away from the batsman who plods half forward and prods half certainly

8.3

Mills to Ervine, no run, and again, not getting a good enough stride across, and not staying put on leg stump either. This one carries nicely from back of a length, past his waft and into the keeper's gloves

8.4

Mills to Ervine, no run, fuller length, Ervine covers the line this time and defends from the off stump line

Mudcrab (delightful name!): "Speaking of horses, Smudgeon and cricket, here in Adelaide there was a horse who got into the state side for a while and for one Shield match went out to open the batting. The cut, the drive, the pull, the sweep. This horse had them all and after the first over the score was 0/24. Next over the other openner pushes one to mid on and sets off for an easy single. The horse doesn't move, the batsman turns around but is run out. "Why didn't you run?!?!?" "Run?" replies the horse, "If I knew how to run I'ld still be a bloody racehorse!!" (as stolen from the Two Ronnies :D )"

8.5

Mills to Ervine, no run, length ball again, beautiful rhythm from these guys so far, Ervine reaches across and defends with an opened face to the off side

8.6

Mills to Ervine, no run, defends from a length to the off side and Mills maintains his metronomic accuracy (bah, what a cliche!)

End of over 9 (1 run) Zimbabwe 28/2 (RR: 3.11)

    • CR Ervine 0 (7b)
    • BRM Taylor 18 (27b 2x4)
    • KD Mills 5-0-14-0
    • TG Southee 4-1-14-1
9.1

Southee to Taylor, no run, Southee whistles in with the offcutter, Brendan gets half forward to cover the line and defends from the crease

9.2

Southee to Taylor, 1 run, good delivery again, Southee nips another one in off the crease and Brendan plays from the crease. Inside edge trickles away backward of square for a single

9.3

Southee to Ervine, no run, damn good bouncer that. 131 kph, but it was all about the angle and the line. Ervine had to weave away to keep his head intact. He did so, just in time.

9.4

Southee to Ervine, 1 run, Ervine's search for the off stump continues. Gets another one angling past him innocuously and he pokes unsurely with an angled face. Lands short of slip, and they get a single.

9.5

Southee to Taylor, no run, Brendan gets across to cover the line outside off stump and defend a length ball into the off side

Mohit: "Today "Ctrl+b" seems to be having a free ride on Cricinfo commentary!"

You betcha!

9.6

Southee to Taylor, no run, ends with a fuller delivery, Brendan chooses not to drive. Ten overs of intense and accurate stuff from Mills and Southee. Impressive from NZ.

End of over 10 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 30/2 (RR: 3.00)

    • BRM Taylor 19 (31b 2x4)
    • CR Ervine 1 (9b)
    • TG Southee 5-1-16-1
    • KD Mills 5-0-14-0

Bowlin Powerplay taken, understandably. Mills continues.

10.1

Mills to Ervine, no run, full and angling across Ervine who strides across and drives confidently into the covers

10.2

Mills to Ervine, no run, back of a length around off stump, Ervine hangs back and drops it to the off side

Anees: "@ Mudcrab - I think that horse could easily become our great Inzimam's best friend."

10.3

Mills to Ervine, FOUR, edgy, but Ervine will take it. He's again not entirely across to the pitch of the ball and just leans into the drive. You can get away with it if you are Ganguly. On this occasion, Ervine gets away with it. Uppishly steered, but safely into the gap square on the off side

10.4

Mills to Ervine, no run, lesser width this time, Ervine covers the line better and check-drives to the off side

10.5

Mills to Ervine, no run, there you go, Ervine again drives airily, and nearly dumps it straight to Franklin at short cover. He gets a half stride across and pops it in the air. Zimbabwe will want him to keep it down, like the Motera crowd so far.

10.6

Mills to Ervine, no run, better feet this time, Ervine gets across and drives along the ground to cover

Sabrish: "Perpendicular Cut? Shouldn't it be named Taylor's cut? Soon Pepsi will hire Taylor and make him do so weird stitching stuff and name it Taylor's cut!" Haha!

End of over 11 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 34/2 (RR: 3.09)

    • CR Ervine 5 (15b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 19 (31b 2x4)
    • KD Mills 6-0-18-0
    • TG Southee 5-1-16-1

Finally a bowling change. Bennett comes on.

11.1

Bennett to Taylor, 1 run, banged in back of a length at 131 kph and coming into the body, Brendan drops it backward of square for one

11.2

Bennett to Ervine, 1 run, short of a length and angling across Ervine, he hangs on the back foot and steers with an angled face through point

11.3

Bennett to Taylor, 1 run, Brendan sneaks a single towards backward point, stays back and defends, it runs off bat onto body and away behind square. Ervine hares across in time.

11.4

Bennett to Ervine, no run, opens the face and steers backward of square.

Smudgeon: "So much encouragement - I might give it a burl. The dude who types for me also happens to be an excellent jockey..."

Trying real hard to think up a horses for courses pun, but I give up..

11.5

Bennett to Ervine, no run, Ervine lets one go outside off as Bennett whistles past at decent pace

11.6

Bennett to Ervine, 1 run, opens the face and dabs into the off side, but can't get the single away.

Dara: "Does Bennett's action remind anyone of Flintoff?"

The way both his hands go up, he keeps putting Debasis Mohanty in my mind. Not sure if Shane Bond and Debu Mohanty can be hybridised. Bennett comes close.

End of over 12 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 38/2 (RR: 3.16)

    • CR Ervine 7 (19b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 21 (33b 2x4)
    • HK Bennett 1-0-4-0
    • KD Mills 6-0-18-0

Three catchers in the off side, for Ervine's uppish drive.

12.1

Mills to Ervine, no run, oh my, what does Ervine do? He tries to plough through the leg side. He decides on the shot a year before the ball is delivered, just jumps out and swipes across the line. And he misses.

12.2

Mills to Ervine, no run, more conventional, he angles the bat and steers into the off side

12.3

Mills to Ervine, no run, fuller length and again going away from Ervine who dabs with an opened face into the covers

12.4

Mills to Ervine, FOUR, persistence and the law of averages pay off for Ervine. He's played a pleasing cover drive and managed to find a rare gap in the covers. Length ball, angling across him, so the invitation was there. Ervine reached across to the pitch and just drilled through the line. Solid piece of timing.

12.5

Mills to Ervine, no run, defensive this time, plays without the intention to score into the covers.

Gully, short cover, backward point and one more man around short extra cover. Fielders everywhere in the off side.

12.6

Mills to Ervine, OUT, and Ervine has perished to the cordon. The odds of finding these gaps are not very high, and Ervine pays the price for hitting in the air again. Short ball, just outside off, a delivery that deserved to be cut, but not with this field. Ervine cracks it off the middle and it flies straight to Ryder at backward point. Easily pouched. Zim are stuttering.

CR Ervine c Ryder b Mills 11 (25m 25b 2x4 0x6) SR: 44.00

End of over 13 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 42/3 (RR: 3.23)

    • BRM Taylor 21 (33b 2x4)
    • KD Mills 7-0-22-1
    • HK Bennett 1-0-4-0

Elton the skipper walks out to a damaged ship.

13.1

Bennett to Taylor, 1 run, Elton in trouble, he may be run out without facing a ball. Third umpire takes a took at it, but Elton has dived into safety. Brendan potters across to off stump and dabs straight to point. Elton invokes his inner Usain Bolt and charges down like a hare on steroids. He then puts in the full length dive to beat NZ's best fielder - Guptill - who under-armed a throw onto the stumps. Just in. Green.

13.2

Bennett to Chigumbura, no run, short ball first up to Elton, weaves out of harm's way in time.

13.3

Bennett to Chigumbura, 1 run, short delivery, hits the spot back of a length and thuds it into Elton's bat and he drops it to the off side for one

13.4

Bennett to Taylor, no run, back of a length to Brendan, he moves across to off stump and defends to the off side

13.5

Bennett to Taylor, 1 leg bye, Bennett sprays it onto the pads, Brendan can't connect with the flick, but gets a leg bye

Harit: "With the kind of built he has, only if Bennet takes his shirt off ala Flintoff post winning this one, all Zims will faint."

13.6

Bennett to Chigumbura, 1 leg bye, attempted yorker, comes in from wide of the crease and jams past the attempted squirt, into the toes. They take another single.

Mohit: "Commentary on a certain other website reads "they look towards each other and make a single"!! Hope it is twins next time.. lol"

Cricinfo, on the other hand, is a family site.

End of over 14 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 46/3 (RR: 3.28)

    • E Chigumbura 1 (3b)
    • BRM Taylor 22 (36b 2x4)
    • HK Bennett 2-0-6-0
    • KD Mills 7-0-22-1

Danny Vettori comes on now.

14.1

Vettori to Chigumbura, OUT, Captain gets captain first ball. Or has he? Elton reviews a potentially controversial lbw decision. Tossed up on middle, back of a length and it straightens. Here's the catch - Elton has charged a mile out of his crease. Ok, may be not a mile, but 2.5 metres for sure. The replays say it pitched on the line of the stumps, hit in front of middle as Elton misses the chip to the leg side. The potentially questionable predictive powers of Hawk-Eye (since he was well out of the crease) say it was hitting leg stump. It is back to umpire Erasmus, and he, like Billy Bowden the other day, sticks to his decision. Only, this time, it is out.

E Chigumbura lbw b Vettori 1 (9m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

On that interesting note, I shall hand over commentary to Abhishek.

Thanks Nitin.

14.2

Vettori to Chakabva, no run, floated up slowly around off stump, he comes forward and defends

14.3

Vettori to Chakabva, OUT, this is turning into a nightmare for Zimbabwe, as if all the troubles were not enough, Rosco pulls off a blinder now, Dan gets Chakabva to reach outside off and go for the drive, the edge flies to the right of Taylor at slip, who puts out his right hand quickly and takes it cleanly, Dan has struck twice in his opening over

RW Chakabva c Taylor b Vettori 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

two slips in place now for Lamb

14.4

Vettori to Lamb, no run, flatter outside off stump and left alone

14.5

Vettori to Lamb, no run, pushes this one out in to the leg side and searches for the single, but the non-striker is not interested

14.6

Vettori to Lamb, no run, tossed up a bit more now outside off stump, and he leaves wisely, not much turn for Dan but lots of bounce, double-wicket maiden to start off

End of over 15 (wicket maiden) Zimbabwe 46/5 (RR: 3.06)

    • GA Lamb 0 (3b)
    • BRM Taylor 22 (36b 2x4)
    • DL Vettori 1-1-0-2
    • HK Bennett 2-0-6-0

Bennett continues

15.1

Bennett to Taylor, 1 run, he bowls it fuller around off stump, and he comes out to drive it wide of mid off

15.2

Bennett to Lamb, no run, Bennett gets this one to bounce sharply outside off stump, and it is wisely left alone

15.3

Bennett to Lamb, no run, hustles out and looks to work this one away with the angle for a run on the leg side, but finds midwicket

tintinban: "Oh Vettori, why me ? Why didn't you take wickets when I had you in my Fantasy team. Now, I don't have you enlisted, you are rocking."

15.4

Bennett to Lamb, no run, more full stuff from Bennett, driven out towards mid on off the front foot

15.5

Bennett to Lamb, 1 run, full delivery solidly driven wide of mid off, who puts in the dive to his right, but fails to stop it cleanly, and lets a single through

Vignesh: "NZ in butchering mode and Zim send in Lamb."

15.6

Bennett to Taylor, 3 runs, gets one full on the pads, and flicks it wristily through midwicket, Dan gives chase all the way to the boundary, and pulls it back just inside with a dive, super work

End of over 16 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 51/5 (RR: 3.18)

    • BRM Taylor 26 (38b 2x4)
    • GA Lamb 1 (7b)
    • HK Bennett 3-0-11-0
    • DL Vettori 1-1-0-2
16.1

Vettori to Taylor, FOUR, whoa, comes down the track, takes this one on the full, and flicks it against the turn just over a leaping midwicket, its timed well enough to roll away in to the ropes

16.2

Vettori to Taylor, no run, Vettori keeps it full, and he pushes it back down the track

16.3

Vettori to Taylor, no run, loud appeal for leg before, he was pushing forward, it was the one that darted straight in, but struck him high on the pads, Vettori thinks about the review but decides against it

16.4

Vettori to Taylor, 2 runs, goes down on a knee and swipes it across the line, he is taking on Dan in this over, and gets it wide of deep square leg

16.5

Vettori to Taylor, 1 run, drops it a touch short, and he goes back to work it away backward of square

16.6

Vettori to Lamb, no run, this one hurries through straight on after pitching on a length outside off, he shaped up for the cut, but was beaten, it was too close for that shot

End of over 17 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 58/5 (RR: 3.41)

    • GA Lamb 1 (8b)
    • BRM Taylor 33 (43b 3x4)
    • DL Vettori 2-1-7-2
    • HK Bennett 3-0-11-0
17.1

Bennett to Taylor, FOUR, shot! makes full use of the overpitched delivery, gets a foot out, bends the knee, and hammers it past extra cover, picture-perfect, holds the pose too

17.2

Bennett to Taylor, no run, 142.4 kph full one targetting the stumps, he was a bit late on it but got behind the line in the end to push solidly to mid off

17.3

Bennett to Taylor, 1 run, same pace, similar delivery on the stumps, this time the push is in front of mid on, goes slower off the bat, and that gives them time for a run

17.4

Bennett to Lamb, no run, shuffles across and uses the angle to work this one away to midwicket

Marcus: "What a difference it makes with Kyle Mills opening the bowling he always gives the Kiwis a great platform - he's world class."

17.5

Bennett to Lamb, no run, now he shortens the length a bit, it comes in with the angle around off stump, he goes back and blocks

17.6

Bennett to Lamb, no run, goes wider outside off stump this time, he takes a step out and shoulders arms

End of over 18 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 63/5 (RR: 3.50)

    • GA Lamb 1 (11b)
    • BRM Taylor 38 (46b 4x4)
    • HK Bennett 4-0-16-0
    • DL Vettori 2-1-7-2

Ajay: "Zim need Taylor to do some serious patchwork here!!"

18.1

Vettori to Taylor, 1 run, short and wide outside off stump, cut away towards sweeper cover

18.2

Vettori to Lamb, no run, flighted full on leg stump, driven straight down to mid on

18.3

Vettori to Lamb, no run, lunges to sweep this one way down the leg side, one hand comes off the bat, and short fine leg tidies up

18.4

Vettori to Lamb, 2 runs, gets another full one on leg, and drives it past midwicket for a couple

18.5

Vettori to Lamb, no run, Dan goes leg stump again, he takes it on the pads as he comes forward to turn it in to the leg side

18.6

Vettori to Lamb, 1 run, just a tad shorter, he instantly goes back and punches it to long off for the single

End of over 19 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 67/5 (RR: 3.52)

    • GA Lamb 4 (16b)
    • BRM Taylor 39 (47b 4x4)
    • DL Vettori 3-1-11-2
    • HK Bennett 4-0-16-0

Momo: "I wouldn't count Zimbabwe out of this yet... There are only two teams that can find a way to lose games like these: New Zealand and Pakistan." Scotty trundles in

19.1

Styris to Lamb, 1 run, starts off on a length on leg stump, is worked away backward of square

19.2

Styris to Taylor, 1 run, back of a length on middle, or the Styris length, he shuffled to turn it away to deep midwicket

19.3

Styris to Lamb, FOUR, Lamb gets a boundary, Scott bowls it full on leg stump, he just stands tall and lifts it over the infield, deep midwicket had no chance

19.4

Styris to Lamb, 1 run, now he turns this one past square leg, gentle stuff to work around

19.5

Styris to Taylor, no run, another darts in on leg stump, this time he misses out on the flick, and it rolls away off the pads

19.6

Styris to Taylor, 1 leg bye, Scott has been consistently straying on leg stump this over, another one is glanced down to fine leg

End of over 20 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 75/5 (RR: 3.75)

    • BRM Taylor 40 (50b 4x4)
    • GA Lamb 10 (19b 1x4)
    • SB Styris 1-0-7-0
    • DL Vettori 3-1-11-2
20.1

Vettori to Taylor, no run, tossed up full on middle stump, pushed back to the bowler

20.2

Vettori to Taylor, 1 run, sliding with the angle down leg, worked away backward of square leg, too much leg stumpish stuff at the moment

20.3

Vettori to Lamb, 1 run, clipped away through midwicket, again working it away with the angle

20.4

Vettori to Taylor, 1 run, and another one, this time wide of long on, you would think the singles would be harder to come with half the side back in the hut

20.5

Vettori to Lamb, no run, played out to midwicket off the back foot

20.6

Vettori to Lamb, 1 run, slowly tossed up in the air, again on leg stump, he comes forward and turns it away through square leg

End of over 21 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 79/5 (RR: 3.76)

    • GA Lamb 12 (22b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 42 (53b 4x4)
    • DL Vettori 4-1-15-2
    • SB Styris 1-0-7-0

Ram: "Vettori.. Please throw the ball to Nathan McCullum.. He's in my fantasy XI."

21.1

Styris to Lamb, no run, back of a length outside off stump, he cuts hard but straight to backward point

21.2

Styris to Lamb, no run, right of the middle of the bat this one, flicked away but midwicket is in the way

21.3

Styris to Lamb, 1 run, waits for this short of a length ball to come on to him, and guides it down to third man

21.4

Styris to Taylor, 1 run, on the leg stump, turned away wide of fine leg, New Zealand are all over with the line at the moment

Paul: "It would seem that the New Zealanders are very focused today, sharper than they have been for a while in the field. I think this is an opportunity to focus after the tragic events in Christchurch in the past week."

21.5

Styris to Lamb, no run, this one is on off stump, and gently turned away to midwicket

21.6

Styris to Lamb, 1 run, steals a single in front of mid off, taps and runs, easily done

End of over 22 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 82/5 (RR: 3.72)

    • GA Lamb 14 (27b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 43 (54b 4x4)
    • SB Styris 2-0-10-0
    • DL Vettori 4-1-15-2
22.1

Vettori to Lamb, 2 runs, Dan on the leg stump, ho hum, turned wide of midwicket with neat timing

22.2

Vettori to Lamb, no run, gets forward to this full one on middle and leg and finds midwicket with the drive

22.3

Vettori to Lamb, 1 run, full outside off now, and he gets the foot out and pings long off with the drive

22.4

Vettori to Taylor, no run, tossed up slowly, he lets it come on and turns it to midwicket

22.5

Vettori to Taylor, 1 run, gets a full toss now, and eases it down to long on

22.6

Vettori to Lamb, no run, comes forward and wants to drive it to long off but Dan gets to his left quickly and cuts it off

End of over 23 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 86/5 (RR: 3.73)

    • GA Lamb 17 (31b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 44 (56b 4x4)
    • DL Vettori 5-1-19-2
    • SB Styris 2-0-10-0
23.1

Styris to Taylor, OUT, Scott strikes, out of nowhere, nippy full offcutter from Styris, Taylor was taken completely by surprise, can't blame him after all those gentle trundlers Scott served up before this one, he wafts across the line as this one darts in on the toes, Styris gets the decision in his favour instantly, no reviews left for Zimbabwe anyways

BRM Taylor lbw b Styris 44 (106m 57b 4x4 0x6) SR: 77.19

that would have hit leg stump, replays show

Utseya in now

23.2

Styris to Utseya, no run, gets one back of a length and strides out to defend

23.3

Styris to Utseya, no run, shuffles across and pushes this one back down the track from off stump

23.4

Styris to Utseya, no run, played out in to the off side off the front foot

23.5

Styris to Utseya, no run, goes full again, not as much as the one that got Taylor, and that allows him to come forward and defend

23.6

Styris to Utseya, 1 run, looking to be full again, but cannot get it right, he strides forward and drives with a flourish down to long on

End of over 24 (1 run) Zimbabwe 87/6 (RR: 3.62)

    • P Utseya 1 (5b)
    • GA Lamb 17 (31b 1x4)
    • SB Styris 3-0-11-1
    • DL Vettori 5-1-19-2
24.1

Vettori to Utseya, no run, Dan with the theatrical appeal now, got him to dart out to a full ball, and he looked to heave it , was struck on the pads, umpire Erasmus is not interested

24.2

Vettori to Utseya, no run, the quicker one, hurries on with the angle, just gets bat on it in time

24.3

Vettori to Utseya, no run, turned away to midwicket off the back foot

24.4

Vettori to Utseya, no run, bowls it outside off stump now, and he reaches out to push it away to extra cover

24.5

Vettori to Utseya, no run, tight stuff on the stumps, he is right forward in defence

24.6

Vettori to Utseya, no run, just a bit short and flatter outside off stump, he goes back and cuts it away to backward point

End of over 25 (maiden) Zimbabwe 87/6 (RR: 3.48)

    • P Utseya 1 (11b)
    • GA Lamb 17 (31b 1x4)
    • DL Vettori 6-2-19-2
    • SB Styris 3-0-11-1
25.1

Styris to Lamb, no run, punched away to mid off, goes quickly to him, no chance of a single

25.2

Styris to Lamb, no run, very full on the stumps, he stands tall and pushes it back to Scott

25.3

Styris to Lamb, 1 run, takes a step out and drives this full delivery down to long on, precious singles, precious few of them

25.4

Styris to Utseya, no run, bat and pad close together as he comes out and blocks to short extra cover

25.5

Styris to Utseya, no run, goes back of a length, he goes deep in the crease and blocks again

25.6

Styris to Utseya, 1 run, now he gets one on leg stump, and utilises the freedom to work it away wide of deep square leg

End of over 26 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 89/6 (RR: 3.42)

    • P Utseya 2 (14b)
    • GA Lamb 18 (34b 1x4)
    • SB Styris 4-0-13-1
    • DL Vettori 6-2-19-2

Rohan: "Will Prosper Utseya Prosper? Or is it just my "fantasy"?"

26.1

Vettori to Utseya, no run, goes back to a fuller one, and takes it from off stump to jab it away towards point

26.2

Vettori to Utseya, no run, now he pushes out to mid off, Dan keeping them on a leash, not that hard if they are six down

26.3

Vettori to Utseya, no run, dances down the track, but his drive finds midwicket

26.4

Vettori to Utseya, no run, yet another dot ball from Dan, Zimbabwe going nowhere

26.5

Vettori to Utseya, no run, defends this one in to the off side

26.6

Vettori to Utseya, OUT, and this is really the last thing Zimbabwe wanted, really is, what a shame, it was guided towards backward point, Lamb wanted the single very badly, he was more than half way towards Utseya when he turned him back, no chance he was to make it back, the throw came in flat to Dan, who was in front of the stumps, and removed the bails in a diving motion, even as Lamb's dive was in vain

GA Lamb run out 18 (46m 34b 1x4 0x6) SR: 52.94

End of over 27 (wicket maiden) Zimbabwe 89/7 (RR: 3.29)

    • P Utseya 2 (20b)
    • DL Vettori 7-3-19-2
    • SB Styris 4-0-13-1

Southee is back

27.1

Southee to Cremer, no run, goes back of a length, and it is punched away off the back foot

27.2

Southee to Cremer, no run, left alone outside off stump

27.3

Southee to Cremer, no run, strikes him on the pads with a fuller one, that one was going down leg, Southee's vociferous appeal cannot change that fact

27.4

Southee to Cremer, no run, pacy delivery coming in with the angle around off stump, forced away off the back foot, goes towards short third man

27.5

Southee to Cremer, no run, Southee's intentions are clear, targetting the stumps with a full length, this time Cremer gets some bat on it to dig it away

27.6

Southee to Cremer, no run, 137 kph on a length this time, he comes forward and blocks it solidly in to the off side

End of over 28 (maiden) Zimbabwe 89/7 (RR: 3.17)

    • AG Cremer 0 (6b)
    • P Utseya 2 (20b)
    • TG Southee 6-2-16-1
    • DL Vettori 7-3-19-2

Momo: "Seems like Zimbabwe are preaching "Murphy's Law" after that runout: "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong."

28.1

Vettori to Utseya, no run, blocked away in to the off side off the front foot

28.2

Vettori to Utseya, 1 run, drops it a bit short now, and he rocks back to cut it away past cover

28.3

Vettori to Cremer, no run, the one that goes straight on, hits him on the pads as he misses the waft, but that was down the leg side

28.4

Vettori to Cremer, no run, and again, struck on the pads, this time as he attempts to go forward in defence, but again going down leg

28.5

Vettori to Cremer, no run, looks to guide this past point, but it hurries on to him around off, and he stabs it away in the end

28.6

Vettori to Cremer, no run, goes back and looks to hammer this one away down the ground, gets it only as far as mid off

End of over 29 (1 run) Zimbabwe 90/7 (RR: 3.10)

    • AG Cremer 0 (10b)
    • P Utseya 3 (22b)
    • DL Vettori 8-3-20-2
    • TG Southee 6-2-16-1
29.1

Southee to Utseya, no run, coming in with the angle around off from short of a length, blocked away calmly

Shatdal Kumar: "Never understood why Vettori's wicket column does not reflect how well he bowls. For Dan's sake!"

29.2

Southee to Utseya, 1 run, digs it in short outside off, he stays in the crease and steers it in the air down to third man

29.3

Southee to Cremer, no run, Southee gets this one to come in from a length, he wanted to pull, went for the shot, but was beaten by both pace and movement

goes round the wicket now

29.4

Southee to Cremer, no run, looks to angle it in to the pads from a length, does that too, but no use if it pitches outside leg

29.5

Southee to Cremer, no run, this one goes across the batsman from a length, and Cremer meets it with a broad defensive bat

29.6

Southee to Cremer, 3 runs, full on the off stump, he gets the drive off the middle of the bat, and it is pulled back just inside the ropes

End of over 30 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 94/7 (RR: 3.13)

    • AG Cremer 3 (14b)
    • P Utseya 4 (24b)
    • TG Southee 7-2-20-1
    • DL Vettori 8-3-20-2

Andrew: "The manner of this performance is particularly disheartening. As a Zimbabwe supporter I don't expect us to beat big sides all the time, but we need to put up a fight at least. This is one of the worst outings I have seen. I even switched off the TV."

30.1

Vettori to Cremer, no run, almost yorks him with a tossed up delivery, hastily dug out to the bowler

30.2

Vettori to Cremer, no run, defended off the front foot and the ball rolls away in to the off side

30.3

Vettori to Cremer, 1 run, guided towards point off the back foot

30.4

Vettori to Utseya, 1 run, endeavours forward in defence, the inside edge earns him a single in front of square leg, its the end that matters, not the means

30.5

Vettori to Cremer, 1 run, this one is on the pads, and easily worked away backward of square leg

30.6

Vettori to Utseya, no run, plonks the front foot out and gets behind the line of a flighted ball to defend

End of over 31 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 97/7 (RR: 3.12)

    • P Utseya 5 (26b)
    • AG Cremer 5 (18b)
    • DL Vettori 9-3-23-2
    • TG Southee 7-2-20-1

Bennett is now back

31.1

Bennett to Cremer, FOUR, and is greeted with a fearsome cut that flies in the gap between cover and point, he got some width and went very hard at the ball

31.2

Bennett to Cremer, no run, whoops, this one was back of a length coming back in to the batsman, he thought about a pull but weaved away at the last moment, and the bat made a half-arc

31.3

Bennett to Cremer, 2 runs, now he gets a good short delivery in to the body, and pulls it away in the air over square leg

31.4

Bennett to Cremer, 1 leg bye, too much leg side from Bennett, if anything NZ have been guilty with that line today, worked away to fine leg

Sammy: "Relax Andrew, New Zealand still have to bat yet.."

31.5

Bennett to Utseya, no run, much better line, short of a length outside off stump, he goes across and defends off the back foot

31.6

Bennett to Utseya, 1 run, goes for the surprise yorker, and almost surprises the batsman, who gets the bat in front of pad just in time to get an inside edge backward of square leg

End of over 32 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 105/7 (RR: 3.28)

    • P Utseya 6 (28b)
    • AG Cremer 11 (22b 1x4)
    • HK Bennett 5-0-23-0
    • DL Vettori 9-3-23-2
32.1

Vettori to Utseya, no run, flighted on the stumps, he stretches out to smother it

32.2

Vettori to Utseya, no run, shortish and hurrying on around off stump, eased away to short extra cover off the back foot

32.3

Vettori to Utseya, 1 run, gets him to drive uppishly from off stump, but it eludes the infield to roll away to sweeper cover

32.4

Vettori to Cremer, no run, gets him to hurry in to a defensive prod from the crease

32.5

Vettori to Cremer, no run, floated up slowly this time on the stumps, he goes forward to block

32.6

Vettori to Cremer, 1 run, very full from Dan around leg stump, he goes down on a knee for the sweep, off the middle of the bat but there is a man at deep square leg

End of over 33 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 107/7 (RR: 3.24)

    • AG Cremer 12 (25b 1x4)
    • P Utseya 7 (31b)
    • DL Vettori 10-3-25-2
    • HK Bennett 5-0-23-0

Ahmed: "I have one tip for my beloved Zimbabwe. Learn to play with a straight bat."

Brett: "The frustrating thing for a kiwi supporter is that it is our batting that causes us the most trouble, if we do not get a decent total to bat against, then realistically the game is a bit of a waste of time, its batting practice under pressure that is most needed."

Joe: "I am really tired of watching zimbabwe! Every game i watch i expect them to give a fight but I always ends up turning off the tv in disappointment."

33.1

Bennett to Cremer, no run, goes for a pull to a short one down the leg side, and misses it totally

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33.2

Bennett to Cremer, no run, gets this one to hurry past the outside edge, he came forward and pushed way inside the line

33.3

Bennett to Cremer, no run, 138 kph back of a length ball thuds in to the bat as he blocks off the back foot

33.4

Bennett to Cremer, no run, 138.9 kph now, this one too goes on sharply with the angle outside off stump, he pulls his bat out of harm's way in the end

33.5

Bennett to Cremer, no run, for the umpteenth time this over, Bennett goes past the outside edge, get him to go for a booming drive outside off stump, and he missed again

33.6

Bennett to Cremer, 2 runs, goes for the pacy yorker, but it does not come alright, he uses the pace and flicks it away past midwicket

End of over 34 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 109/7 (RR: 3.20)

    • AG Cremer 14 (31b 1x4)
    • P Utseya 7 (31b)
    • HK Bennett 6-0-25-0
    • DL Vettori 10-3-25-2

San: "This "Dans code" is not that tough to break. Dan is now a specialist in "Containment bowling". He is tough to score off with his change of pace and subtle variations. But he doesnt attack enough." Mills comes back

34.1

Mills to Utseya, 1 run, shuffles across the work this shortish one away wide of midwicket

34.2

Mills to Cremer, no run, goes back of a length around off stump, and he pushes it away on the off side

34.3

Mills to Cremer, no run, looks to flick this one on the pads away through midwicket, guides it straight to that man

34.4

Mills to Cremer, no run, more back of a length stuff from Mills, it is pushed out towards extra cover

34.5

Mills to Cremer, no run, goes hard at this one outside off stump off the back foot, but still cannot beat the infield, it is point this time

34.6

Mills to Cremer, 2 runs, gets one full enough on the pads to be flicked away in front of square leg, there is a big gap on the boundary there

End of over 35 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 112/7 (RR: 3.20)

    • AG Cremer 16 (36b 1x4)
    • P Utseya 8 (32b)
    • KD Mills 8-0-25-1
    • HK Bennett 6-0-25-0
35.1

Bennett to Utseya, 1 run, worked away off the back foot wide of midwicket

Vageesan: "Where is Nathan Mccullum? is he going to bowl at all? I have wasted one substitution in my fantasy team possibly" Very possiblly

35.2

Bennett to Cremer, 1 run, full on the off stump, it is pushed to mid off, and they take on Nathan who fires in the throw and misses the stumps, but hits Utseya

35.3

Bennett to Utseya, 1 run, gets forward and across and plays this one with the angle towards mid on

35.4

Bennett to Cremer, 2 runs, 107.2 kph slower shortish one, he had shaped up for the pull, stood frozen for some time before swatting it off the inside edge wide of fine leg

35.5

Bennett to Cremer, 1 run, short delivery again, but down the leg side, ho hum, pulled away backward of square leg, one hand comes off the bat handle as he does so

35.6

Bennett to Utseya, 1 run, they are using his pace and his angle cleverly here, another short of a length delivery goes towards deep square leg as he shuffles outside the line and works it away

End of over 36 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 119/7 (RR: 3.30)

    • P Utseya 11 (35b)
    • AG Cremer 20 (39b 1x4)
    • HK Bennett 7-0-32-0
    • KD Mills 8-0-25-1
36.1

Mills to Utseya, no run, goes forward in search of the single down the ground but pushes this full one back to Mills

36.2

Mills to Utseya, 1 run, two feet outside off stump from a length, comfortably guided away to third man, these two have survived for almost ten overs now

36.3

Mills to Cremer, no run, tries the pacy yorker, but he digs it out down the track

36.4

Mills to Cremer, 2 runs, more room outside off stump, and it is cut away past a diving point and third man has to work hard to cut it off

36.5

Mills to Cremer, no run, stands in the crease and jabs this length ball away

36.6

Mills to Cremer, OUT, Mills gets him finally, it was closer to off stump this time, much fuller too, he went for the drive, and got a healthy outside edge through to the keeper

AG Cremer c †BB McCullum b Mills 22 (43m 43b 1x4 0x6) SR: 51.16

End of over 37 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 122/8 (RR: 3.29)

    • P Utseya 12 (37b)
    • KD Mills 9-0-28-2
    • HK Bennett 7-0-32-0

Sanjay: "Is it true what I just heard? Zimbabwe have actually got a partnership going? Wow, the wonders of modern world never cease to surprise me! :D" Well, it was a false dawn. Here it comes now. Nathan into the attack from round the stumps

37.1

NL McCullum to Utseya, no run, uses his feet to get to the pitch of the flighted ball, and push it on the off side

37.2

NL McCullum to Utseya, no run, lovely delivery, the one that goes straight on, he was pushing inside the line expecting some turn, there was none, Brendon collects

37.3

NL McCullum to Utseya, 1 run, down the track and drives down the ground to long on

37.4

NL McCullum to Price, no run, another one that angles past the right hander, he was going forward and had no clue about it

37.5

NL McCullum to Price, no run, another one, where was Nathan hiding till now, this one too goes past the edge as he plays for non-existent turn

37.6

NL McCullum to Price, 1 run, pushed away to point off the front foot, Price is away

End of over 38 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 124/8 (RR: 3.26)

    • RW Price 1 (3b)
    • P Utseya 13 (40b)
    • NL McCullum 1-0-2-0
    • KD Mills 9-0-28-2

Bonyongo: "Zimbabwe have really brought this all upon themselves with some misguided attempts at mind games. For months they've told anyone who'd listen that they are targeting NZ. Did they really think NZ wouldn't get extra fired up as a result? It might seem boring but just stick with the "we're the underdogs but we'll try our best" line..."

38.1

Mills to Price, no run, looks to go for the pull shot, but too much pace on the bouncer from Mills

38.2

Mills to Price, no run, shuffles across and works this one away to square leg

Kalyan: "Seems Nathan was held back for a mighty 'Price'!"

38.3

Mills to Price, 1 run, Price flirts with danger, goes for a slash to a short and not quite wide delivery, Bennett goes diving forward at third man, and it just falls short of him, just

38.4

Mills to Utseya, no run, way outside off stump, Utseya goes poking at it, had to really stretch out to get to it, and it rushed past the edge

38.5

Mills to Utseya, no run, fuller now on the middle and leg line, he pushes it towards mid on

38.6

Mills to Utseya, no run, Utseya goes feeling outside way off stump again, again he cannot get bat to ball, Brendon collects

End of over 39 (1 run) Zimbabwe 125/8 (RR: 3.20)

    • P Utseya 13 (43b)
    • RW Price 2 (6b)
    • KD Mills 10-0-29-2
    • NL McCullum 1-0-2-0
39.1

NL McCullum to Price, 1 run, goes forward and drives this one wide of Dan at mid off

39.2

NL McCullum to Utseya, no run, right forward in defence to a flighted one

39.3

NL McCullum to Utseya, no run, takes some hopeful steps down the track but can only push it back to the bowler

39.4

NL McCullum to Utseya, 2 runs, this time his hope holds promise and brings him some runs as he lifts a tossed up one high over midwicket and in to the gap, wide long on goes wider to cut it off

39.5

NL McCullum to Utseya, 1 run, turned towards square leg for one

39.6

NL McCullum to Price, no run, takes a step out to a fuller one and plays it out towards extra cover, they think about a single for a second, no harm in thinking

End of over 40 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 129/8 (RR: 3.22)

    • RW Price 3 (8b)
    • P Utseya 16 (47b)
    • NL McCullum 2-0-6-0
    • KD Mills 10-0-29-2

Ryder comes on now

40.1

Ryder to Utseya, 1 run, length ball on the stumps, driven past the bowler

40.2

Ryder to Price, 1 run, close to off stump, he stays beside the line and finds third man with the guide

40.3

Ryder to Utseya, 1 run, lovely work from Guptill at backward point, it was pushed out wide of him, and he put in the dive and even got the throw back to Jesse in time, but the batsmen are safely home

40.4

Ryder to Price, 1 run, driven down the ground past Jesse

40.5

Ryder to Utseya, no run, played out in to the off side, pretty harmless stuff at the moment

40.6

Ryder to Utseya, no run, goes for the punch off the back foot to one outside off stump, and is beaten

End of over 41 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 133/8 (RR: 3.24)

    • P Utseya 18 (51b)
    • RW Price 5 (10b)
    • JD Ryder 1-0-4-0
    • NL McCullum 2-0-6-0
41.1

NL McCullum to Price, 1 run, full on the stumps, played with the turn down to long on

41.2

NL McCullum to Utseya, 1 run, Nathan fails to stop this forceful drive, and Zimbabwe steal a single

41.3

NL McCullum to Price, 1 run, gets a leading edge that goes in the air but wide of extra cover

41.4

NL McCullum to Utseya, 1 run, turned away backward of square leg, Brendon goes ball fetching

41.5

NL McCullum to Price, 1 run, bowling too quick and flat is Nathan, this one is flicked away off the pads

41.6

NL McCullum to Utseya, FOUR, nicely done, came down the track, got outside the line, and lifted this tossed up delivery with the turn wide of Bennett at deep midwicket

End of over 42 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 142/8 (RR: 3.38)

    • P Utseya 24 (54b 1x4)
    • RW Price 8 (13b)
    • NL McCullum 3-0-15-0
    • JD Ryder 1-0-4-0

Rajeev: "Funny that NZ got Ryder into the attack.. Either he is their main strike bowler or they just want to see a decent total for batting practice." Southee is back meanwhile

42.1

Southee to Price, no run, looks for the full delivery right away, this one homes in on off stump, patted away in to the on side

Matthew Starfish: "Finish them! Mercy is for the weak!"

42.2

Southee to Price, 1 run, shuffles across and works away this shortish one backward of square leg

42.3

Southee to Utseya, FOUR, Utseya throws his bat at this length ball outside off stump, and bashes it past the bowler straight down the ground for a boundary

42.4

Southee to Utseya, 1 run, turned in to the leg side for a single

42.5

Southee to Price, 1 run, guided to third man for a another single

42.6

Southee to Utseya, 1 wide, goes wide down the leg side with a short of a length ball

42.6

Southee to Utseya, 1 run, goes forward and guides this one wide of third man

End of over 43 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 151/8 (RR: 3.51)

    • P Utseya 30 (57b 2x4)
    • RW Price 10 (16b)
    • TG Southee 8-2-29-1
    • NL McCullum 3-0-15-0

Vishal: "The most boring match of the world cup so far. BY FAR! cricinfo should have like an alarm that goes off when the innings ends, in case we doze off!" Jesse will trundle in from the other end now

43.1

Ryder to Utseya, no run, follows the batsman who had backed away down the leg side with a full delivery, and it rolls away on the on side

43.2

Ryder to Utseya, 1 run, gets forward and meets this one with a solid push, and steals a single as mid off cannot pick it cleanly

43.3

Ryder to Price, no run, looks to heave this one away in to oblivion, but the inside edge ensures it does not get farther than midwicket

43.4

Ryder to Price, 1 run, hit away down to long on this time

43.5

Ryder to Utseya, FOUR, lovely drive from Utseys, he made a bit of room, Jesse helped by bowling it wide outside off stump, and he opened the face of the blade to drive it past a diving extra cover, and wide of sweeper cover as well

43.6

Ryder to Utseya, no run, cannot do much with this one around off, and pats it away

End of over 44 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 157/8 (RR: 3.56)

    • P Utseya 35 (61b 3x4)
    • RW Price 11 (18b)
    • JD Ryder 2-0-10-0
    • TG Southee 8-2-29-1
44.1

Southee to Price, OUT, Southee bellows and pleads at the same time, and gets the decision he wanted, it was full and came in to strike him on the pads, he was nowhere near it with the bat, and that would have taken out leg stump, one more to go

RW Price lbw b Southee 11 (27m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.89

Doc: "@ Vishal: Seeing a team have to dig deep and fight hard even for a low score (like the Zimbabwe tail at the moment), is far more interesting than watching a strong batting line-up tear a weak bowling attack apart. That is too much like "hit-and-giggle", and too little like cricket!!"

44.2

Southee to Panyangara, no run, this time Southee goes still fuller, he pushed half-forward hopefully, Southee thinks it is pad first, maybe there was a bit of bat involved as well, too close to tell, Panyangara lives on

44.3

Southee to Panyangara, no run, the yorker down the leg side, he had backed away a shade, and brought down the bat in time to dig it out on the off side

44.4

Southee to Panyangara, no run, perfect forward defence from the No 11, comes out confidently and blocks defiantly

44.5

Southee to Panyangara, no run, now Southee gives him the bouncer, and he goes down on it quickly

44.6

Southee to Panyangara, no run, more forward defence from Panyangara, Southee again thinks there could be pad first on it, the umpire does not, Vettori goes for the review, but apparently he was a bit late in going for it, and umpire Erasmus does not allow him to

End of over 45 (wicket maiden) Zimbabwe 157/9 (RR: 3.48)

    • T Panyangara 0 (5b)
    • P Utseya 35 (61b 3x4)
    • TG Southee 9-3-29-2
    • JD Ryder 2-0-10-0

batting Powerplay time it is, Bennett has the ball

45.1

Bennett to Utseya, no run, goes down on a knee in front of off stump, and decides to go for the scoop shot, but the ball was not full enough, and he made a feeble attempt in the end, but missed

45.2

Bennett to Utseya, 1 run, lunges out and taps this one away in front of cover for a single

Bharathram: "I think the lunch is not yet ready at the Stadium's restaurant. NZ are waiting for the signal from the chef to finish the innings off."

45.3

Bennett to Panyangara, no run, short and wide, guided away off the back foot to point

45.4

Bennett to Panyangara, FOUR, well, well, Panyangara makes some room outside leg stump, and swats a length delivery high over mid on, it's Powerplay of course

45.5

Bennett to Panyangara, no run, that's the way to avoid them, goes down on a knee, drops the wrists and the bounce sails miles above him

Ian: "@Vishal. I'm sure your idea of a great game is India batting first against Moldova and scoring 745 for 2 then bowling the opposition out for 17. Enjoy two ordinary teams fighting for fourth place in the group."

45.6

Bennett to Panyangara, no run, gets an inside edge as he goes forward to a length ball outside off stump

End of over 46 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 162/9 (RR: 3.52)

    • T Panyangara 4 (9b 1x4)
    • P Utseya 36 (63b 3x4)
    • HK Bennett 8-0-37-0
    • TG Southee 9-3-29-2

Can Southee finish it off here?

46.1

Southee to Utseya, no run, sees one in the channel outside off stump, and tries to play the reverse paddle, not anywhere close to the ball

46.2

Southee to Utseya, OUT, that will do, Southee homes in on full on leg stump, and Utseya's swing across the line cannot prevent it from crashing in to the base of the wood, Southee sees the ball has done the job, and turns back in an everyday matter-of-fact way

P Utseya b Southee 36 (95m 65b 3x4 0x6) SR: 55.38

Kyle: "New Zealand's top- sorry, I mean lower order would have to bat uncharacteristically to lose this one..." Will New Zealand win this one, and go on to make the quarters? Why don't you try our Bracket Predictor? And you could also rate today's performances through our Player Rater. Join us in 30 minutes for the chase

This has been a disastrous performance from Zimbabwe. Hardly anyone got going, Taylor and Utseya did, but they could not carry on. Most of New Zealand's frontline bowlers got the wickets, and they will go for the break thinking they can chase down this one comfortably.

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