New Zealand v Zimbabwe, 1st ODI, Dunedin February 3, 2012

New-look New Zealand ease to win


New Zealand 248 (Guptill 70, Shingi Masakadza 4-46) beat Zimbabwe 158 (Taylor 58) by 90 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Brendan Taylor's 58 was the only resistance the New Zealand bowlers faced, as they bowled Zimbabwe out cheaply to secure a 90-run win in the first one-dayer in Dunedin. Pace and bounce were the visiting batsmen's bane once more, with the New Zealand seamers sharing four of the top seven scalps between them. But Zimbabwe's own bowlers had enjoyed those same conditions, having dismissed New Zealand for a spluttering 248 in the 49th over.

Taylor had spent two months playing in the HRV Cup prior to his side's arrival, and the experience clearly showed, as only he mastered the hosts' steady seam on a lively, green-tinged track. With three batsmen perishing in 6.1 overs, in what seemed a continuation of Zimbabwe's rolling collapse in Napier, Taylor counter-punched with a volley of calculated straight boundaries, while Tatenda Taibu groped his way past early jitters to help erect a 52-run partnership.

The pair first averted another top-order collapse before Taylor began hauling in a rapidly rising run-rate, with boundaries to the leg side and some hurried running. Taibu perished attempting aggression, but Taylor found the rope when he looked for it, hitting debutant Andrew Ellis for two successive leg-side boundaries to close in on a 25th ODI half-century, which he completed in 59 balls.

Zimbabwe's hopes of successive one-day wins over New Zealand effectively ended with Taylor, who holed out to long-off to leave his side at 97 for 5 in the 26th over. Taylor had hit Rob Nicol out of the University Oval off the previous delivery, but the bowler's bravery in flighting the ball once more brought him his first scalp, and all but secured the result.

Malcolm Waller had struck a match-winning unbeaten 99 in the sides' last encounter, in Bulawayo. But rarely seemed comfortable here, and though the tail added late runs and entertainment after his demise, New Zealand simply stayed patient to close out the Zimbabwe innings at 158.

Zimbabwe had repeatedly threatened to derail New Zealand in their innings, but managed only to contain them. The hosts' innings never found fluency following the loss of two early wickets, with regular blows thwarting hopes of a commanding total. But Zimbabwe never closed in for the kill, with inconsistent bowling allowing New Zealand's inexperienced batting order to lurch their side to an underwhelming, but competitive total in spurts.

Martin Guptill's 66-ball 70 at the top of the order was the only notable score for the hosts, as he and Kane Williamson rescued New Zealand who threatened a familiar collapse at 4 for 2. Opener Rob Nicol was undone by a Meth's outswinger on zero, before Brendon McCullum padded up to a Kyle Jarvis indipper three deliveries later, with the ball shown to be clipping the top of off stump on review.

Zimbabwe should have had Guptill soon after too, had they been more patient. Having been stifled by early movement, Guptill lashed out at Meth with a lofted drive over mid-on and Tatenda Taibu saw enough cause in the batsman's first boundary to move up to the stumps. He regretted his decision the very next delivery, when he spilt an edge he would have comfortably pouched in his regular position. A chance that would have restricted New Zealand further and perhaps changed the match's outlook.

Placement and sharp running was the hallmark of Guptill's association with Kane Williamson, as the pair put on 88 to rebuild, then consolidate after early losses. Both men eased runs through the leg side as the Zimbabwe seamers strayed straight too often - perhaps spurred by early success to look for big swing. Guptill's fifty came from 44 deliveries as he punctuated singles and twos with regular boundary blows, particularly to the off side.

None of his team-mates though, could convert starts into innings of substance. Five of New Zealand's middle-order batsmen failed to reach fifty having made more than 15 in not unfriendly conditions. Promising partnerships were crimped just as they sought to wrest the advantage, with an occasionally lively pitch and canny limited-overs bowling from Zimbabwe hauling the hosts back at regular intervals.

Shingi Masakadza bagged 4 for 46 from his 9.3 overs, while Elton Chigumbura was also effective through the middle overs, taking 2 for 46. Both bowlers bowled a consistent off stump line and found slight movement on occasion, as well as uncomfortable bounce and carry to prevent the hosts' batsmen from settling.

Nathan McCullum and Ellis put on 57 at almost a run a ball to reverse a wicket-induced mini stagnation towards the end of New Zealand's innings. But though Zimbabwe dismissed them and the tail without much ado, their batsmen failed once more and New Zealand take the early lead in the three-match series.

Andrew Fernando writes for The Pigeon and has a column here

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  • Dummy4 on February 5, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    yeah farooq i do agree with yu SHINGi IS DAMM IMPRESSIVE as a all rounder i would jus say that in the whole zimbabwe squad i jus find brendon taylor 'the real man'

  • Mohsin Ali on February 4, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    such a disappointing performance again from zimbabwe time and time again we see this how long this will be ?? i remember after 1997-98 zimbabwe cricket getting better batsmans like andy flower aliaster campbell grant flower neil johnson all rounder like guy whittal heath streak is also handy at times with his batting leg spinner like paul strang now a days i miss players like them taylor is world class with taibu in batting bowling is bit inexperiance jarvis is good prospect hope they done well in next matches

  • Emerson on February 4, 2012, 4:08 GMT


  • Dummy4 on February 3, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    How about Brendon Taylor, its amazing how he always seems to save big scores for NZ.

  • Dummy4 on February 3, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    As much as im enjoying a resurgence in NZ cricket at the moment im still apprehensive this team will be able to handle SA. The youngsters they've brought in for the one day team look promising but there going to be short on experience to deal with the quality of players like Amla, Steyn and co. Such a Experimental new look side is always going to be worrying coming out the slump we were in early last year and as improved as the team performances are we cant really say were completely out of it. Until we can register a few good wins or even close losses (preferably wins) to top teams were not "out of the woods".

  • P on February 3, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    @Morgan Rees - Thomas Totally agree. Guptill has been in the form of his life this season. Stint last year at Derbyshire done him the world of good. When he can, he still fronts up for his club side Suburbs New Lynn, that is the measure of the man in this era rife with prima donas...although not sure about driving a ferrari!

  • Dummy4 on February 3, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    why hasnt Craig Ervine and Greg Lamb not on this tour?

  • Nick on February 3, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    I don't think too much can be read into NZ getting bowled out, especially seeing we were missing Taylor, Ryder and to a certain extent Oram. We are also in a transition period with the batting line-up after Styris has retired and Vettori is taking a break from ODI's. Good to see us give promising players like Latham and Borwnlie a go. Part of me thinks Brownlie should be kept as a test specialist as we really need him to play a big part against SA.

    I still feel that franklin warrants selection, but Ellis looked the part with the bat, his bowling left a little to be desired.

  • Andrew on February 3, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    Jarvis and Masakadza did well in the bowling department. Much better than in the test. I agree that Vusi is sorely missed because even if he goes out it tends to be after a breezy 20 or so, which is so much better than Matsikenyeri's 0s and 1s (I agree that Stewy is not up to scratch at international level). Also, Chakabva is batting too high - he does better down the order and Hamilton is underperforming terribly. I hope for a better display next time. At least we clicked in bowling though.

  • Ryan on February 3, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    The crowd was amazing considering its a work day.

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