New Zealand v Zimbabwe, Only Test, Napier, 3rd day January 28, 2012

New Zealand bowl out Zimbabwe twice in a day


New Zealand 495 for 7 dec (Taylor 122, Watling 102*) beat Zimbabwe 51 (Waller 23) and 143 (Chakabva 63, Martin 6-26) by an innings and 301 runs
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Zimbabwe fans waking up to check on the cricket might wonder if they slept through the entire weekend, after a rolling Zimbabwe collapse spanning sixteen wickets and 43 overs brought the one-off Test in Napier hurtling to an early close. The innings-and-301-run defeat is their worst ever, eclipsing the loss they suffered to the same opposition in 2005 by seven runs. And though Regis Chakabva resisted valiantly with a 63 from 119 balls towards the end, it was little compensation for a catastrophic first innings in response to New Zealand's 495 for 7 declared.

Chris Martin finished with 8 for 31 for the day, bringing the top order to its knees in both innings before his team-mates smelled easy blood and continued the mauling. Sharp and disciplined, the New Zealand attack made the most of uncomfortable bounce and modest movement available, on a day where they only had to keep putting the ball just short of a length and await the bounty.

Zimbabwe had succumbed for 54 against South Africa on their last away Test tour six years ago, but they trumped even that ignominy at McLean Park, with a 51 all out in the first innings that lasted a shade under 29 overs. Tino Mawoyo and Forster Mutizwa were the first dominoes to fall, flailing wildly at Martin indippers that went on to disturb their stumps. Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor and Tatenda Taibu continued the spectacular surrender, pushing hard outside off stump to provide the slips with a supply of edges.

The visitors might have hoped to breach the follow-on target of 295, but not only did that seem a fanciful pipe dream at lunch, the rate of implosion suggested they wouldn't even manage 40. New Zealand's stand-in captain, Brendon McCullum, employed no fewer than seven catching men in addition to the keeper at one stage, to ensure each gift Zimbabwe bestowed could be happily accepted.

Malcolm Waller offered the only resistance, when he managed 23 before edging Tim Southee to the slips. At least he made a double figure score - something that evaded each of his team-mates, who between them recorded three ducks, two twos and three threes. After Waller's demise, the tail bowed as meekly as those who had gone before them at the top of the innings, who in turn padded up again for the second time in two hours.

They were all heading back to the changing room soon after though, as the Zimbabwe batting conveyor belt resumed either side of tea. Martin snared both Zimbabwe openers and captain Taylor, before two wickets to Doug Bracewell in the first over after the afternoon break reduced Zimbabwe to 12 for 5, with the day's running total at 63 for 15.

Chakabva and Graeme Cremer came together for the seventh wicket, with the total at 37 and their side facing the heaviest Test loss since 1938. But the pair finally found the application that had evaded Zimbabwe for 40 overs and prevented further infamy with a 63-run association. Both men were understandably reticent to begin with, but began to score runs off loose deliveries eventually, with Chakabva even venturing two cleanly struck boundaries off a Trent Boult over that eased the nerves. The pair survived the seamers, who had reaped 14 wickets between them in two sessions and had McCullum turning to his part-timers before Cremer abandoned judgement and his wicket, chipping a Kane Williamson full toss lamely to mid-off.

Chakabva continued his defiance in the company of a more aggressive minded Shingi Masakadza, completing a dogged first Test fifty from 82 deliveries to force New Zealand to call on the extra half hour to complete the win. When at one stage it seemed Zimbabwe would not eclipse BJ Watling's first innings 102 with both team totals combined, Zimbabwe's lower order restored a modicum of credibility, but fell short of the 151 that would have ensured Harare, 2005 would remain their worst loss.

The third morning had begun well enough for the visitors when Brian Vitori found late swing to dislodge Bracewell off the third ball of the day. But their start would have been yet brighter had Shingi Masakadza not overstepped two balls later. Watling was given out lbw to a delivery angling in to him, but was handed his first life upon review - one of many costly misses for Zimbabwe in the field.

Tim Southee, on orders to partner Watling for as long as possible rather than wield his characteristic long handle, ended up doing both. He battled out the first twenty minutes risk-free before two straight fours off Kyle Jarvis signaled intentions to propel New Zealand towards 500. Greed ended his enterprising innings at 44, as he looked to slam a third consecutive boundary off Cremer over midwicket only for Waller to swallow his mis-hit.

Boult saw Watling through to his ton, which didn't come without drama. He was dropped in the gully off Jarvis at 90, and at 94, was hurried-up by the dressing room who granted one more over to reach three figures before the declaration would come. A slog to midwicket off the next ball he faced brought him four, and he was almost run out attempting an ambitious two to get his century, with Watling only able to celebrate the milestone after the third umpire ruled him home by a whisker.

Andrew Fernando writes for The Pigeon and has a column here

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  • mahjut on January 31, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    enigma ... what really is the difference of knowing you're going to lose when you play away and knowing you're going to lose whether you play away or not (both are ultimately predictable)? though i guess you didn't watch the games we played at home or you would know that actually draws were very much on the cards for the two games we didn't win! and the one we did - we loved and BD watched too!! Nobody is forced to watch a Test between Zim and NZ - I am in the UK and most of my cricket team-mates have no idea there was even a game - has it diminished their view of Test cricket...of course not, they could tell you - in detail = of KP woes vs sla, Bells in ability to pick length, Strauss's let off. While Zimbabwe got hammered into obscurity, Test cricket went on it's merry way. We will start to draw matches at home soon enough. There was a time, only a decade or so ago, when talk of stopping the ashes was more than tongue-in-cheek ... then along came a Zimbo and Eng's fortune's turned :)

  • sachin on January 29, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    "But I dont understand all this nonsense about how Zimbabwe and Bangladesh should not have test status. Australia were bowled out for 47 in South Africa. Look at India, first in England and now in Australia. Are these not great cricket nations?" Again, you're comparing apples & oranges, the bigger teams have suffered this way at one another's hands in away-matches many a times, it's nothing new but the question is are Zim or Ban capable of pushing bigger teams in Tests? How about home Tests, can they win? Forget winning, they're incapable of even DRAWING matches; they can't even win ODIs & T20s against bigger teams CONSISTENTLY (where the divide between the teams is narrower than in Tests). I don't think people want minnows to be thrown out but there definitely needs to be a system to develop & grow them thru regular 4-day tournaments as I've suggested & given chances to improve but getting mauled by bigger teams doesn't do anything for their spirits or dwingling popularity of Tests

  • sachin on January 29, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    "How churlish of some people to question Zimbabwe's test status. If we're going to get carried away by big losses then shouldn't we remove India's test status after their capitulation in Australia!" You want to question India's Test-status then go ahead but that's like comparing apples & oranges, they are an established Test-nation for a while & have won matches away & win consistently at home & that holds true for all Test-nations but Zim & Ban are incapable of wining home-Tests, let alone winning, they're incapable of even DRAWING matches, they're just incompetent & if you can't see that then I'm afraid you don't understand cricket too well. "Soccer players count international goals scored against San Marino or Botswana, don't they?" Another case of comparing apples & oranges, cricket is NOT football,it's much more complex & the divide between bigger & smaller teams is much much greater & takes time to bidge the gap & there's needs to be system for doing this & PATIENCE

  • Andrew on January 29, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Actually, the likes of India and England should be more ashamed of their recent perfomances than Zimbabwe should ever be. India has all the cricket money and millions of cricket mad people to pick a team from. Zimbabwe has no resources and only a small percentage of our (only 14 million) population plays or even knows what cricket is. So I will always be proud of our team's efforts nomatter what all the silly haters say.

  • Kuda on January 29, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    thanx Tafadzwa, i appreciated reading your comment... my thinking around this defeat, despite the disappointment of having to stay up the whole night to watch wickets fall goes as follows: For the pas 6 - 8 years Zimbabwe cricket players have been playing 4 day cricket games only in Zimbabwe, the grounds they know and have come to master are the 5 or 6 cricket major cricket grounds that are used for first class cricket in zim. then they are welcome at naiper which was a pitch crafted by new Zealand with the full knowledge of how they saw the zim players last year. it was always going to be tough for the young players to get used to the condition quickly given their limited experience. however, the guys are representing a nationa and at test level, they need to show their strength in whatever condition. thus they will learn and over time they will def for these players in the near future.

  • mahjut on January 29, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    @4test90. thanks for the suggestion...but i beleive (from what i hear) that one can survey the entire "city" from their bedroom window...what will they do with the other day and a half? ;P . Let me tell you - get out there and practice boys, you're in desperate need of it!!!

  • mahjut on January 29, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    I'm not here to give NZ praise - they've just won by an innings and 300 runs so i imagine they're surrounded in accolades at the moment. So, I'm here to befreind Zimbabawe instead - I guess the **Martin Williamson** who posted earlier has something to do with cricinfo or I am not sure why my question directed at him were not published...let me direct them elsewhere: Where were all you naysayers when Zim beat BD, where were you when we took PK to a 5th day in 1 attempt (something the #1 team has failed to do in 2)? Where were you when we almost beat NZ (despite not bowling them out twice - we created enough pressure with the ball to induce a declaration) in zim a few months back? I feel a lot of teams are frustrated with their own (Ind=whitewash, Aus=beaten by NZ at home+ 47a.o, SA=3 failures to win a series at home, Eng=no change of fortune in subcontinent as #1...) and are here to take it out on us. We will survive your verbal outrage and see y'all a test ground near you:);)

  • Dummy4 on January 29, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Awesome man!Dissapointed that I did not get a chance to watch the match on tv...lovely performance nz!keep it up...

  • John on January 29, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    To all the Zim players, the city of Napier was destroyed by earthquake in 1931, and rebuilt in art deco splendor, some beautiful buildings on the water - get out and see them, you have 2 full days to fill in !!

  • Dummy4 on January 29, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Actually I only just realized... Where was Guptil?

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