New Zealand v Zimbabwe, 1st Twenty20, Auckland February 11, 2012

Guptill blazes NZ to clinical win

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New Zealand 160 for 3 (Guptill 91*, Williamson 48) beat Zimbabwe 159 for 8 (Masakadza 53, Chigumbura 48, Bates 3-31) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A 54-ball unbeaten 91 from Martin Guptill - his fifth straight half-century on tour - made light work of Zimbabwe's first fighting total in New Zealand, as the hosts sauntered past Zimbabwe's 159 with more than three overs to spare at Eden Park. Guptill and Kane Williamson combined to add 137 from 89 balls for the third wicket, to trump Hamilton Masakadza's half-century and Elton Chigumbura's finishing salvo, to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Zimbabwe removed Rob Nicol and Brendon McCullum early, but couldn't shake Guptill out of his imperious run of form, as he continued to torment them with an array of sweet legside hits punctuated by the odd short-form innovation. A long, languid strike over long-on off Kyle Jarvis in the fourth over was followed by a cute cut that beat third man four balls later, as Zimbabwe failed once more to trouble a batsman whose new confidence and expanded stroke range has dogged them throughout the summer.

Brendan Taylor introduced spin in the fifth over, but the slow bowlers bothered Guptill no less than the wayward seamers who had conceded five wides in the first four overs. Prosper Utseya's fifth ball was launched into the southern stand, before Ray Price was slapped straight for six, then pulled for four off successive balls in the next over.

Zimbabwe's woeful fielding did them few favours. Williamson, who was content to turn over the strike for much of the chase, collected his first boundary through Forster Mutizwa's feet. Malcolm Waller then hoofed one across the rope in the next over, while misfields and overthrows gifted ample runs Zimbabwe could ill afford.

Guptill's third Twenty20 fifty came in 27 balls, as the pair progressed unflustered. A six and a four off Keegan Meth in the 15th over put the hosts on target, and though Williamson was dismissed attempting a short single on 48, Guptill hit his sixth six and a two to end the game, as debutant Colin de Grandhomme watched on from the non-striker's end.

Though New Zealand cruised to victory in the end, Zimbabwe's innings had been a spirited one, as they put on their best batting performance of the tour. Masakadza became the first Zimbabwe opener to breach double figures in New Zealand, with a 36-ball 53 that proved their launching pad.

A heave over cow corner ignited his knock, as two early wickets fell at the other end, before Tatenda Taibu joined him in a 62-run partnership to steady the innings. Masakadza had a reprieve on 36 when McCullum fluffed a stumping chance, but his aggressive intent and busy running advanced the total rapidly before his dismissal brought a mini-collapse in the middle order, as New Zealand's quartet of spinners kept a lid on the run rate.

Elton Chigumbura was on hand to pick up the slack towards the close however, in a 24-ball innings that yielded 48. He combined with Shingi Masakadza to launch the seventeenth over for 20 runs, as Doug Bracewell missed his length on a small ground that affords bowlers little mercy.

Two successive sixes in the final over pushed Zimbabwe beyond 150, but with Guptill in as spectacular form as he has ever been, Zimbabwe's first decent batting outing proved far too little.

This is what Guptill tweeted after the game:

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  • on February 12, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    i think this gonna be a very good series......I think black caps have to play a hell of a good cricket to win against these proteas....which i believe is the world's most balanced team.....kiwis should focus on ODIs and test series......which they are doing,as they have told Ryder to play plunket shield instead of t20s........even though Taylor and Brownlie are not available for t20s........ hope Ryder and Taylor are fully fit for odi series and Brownlie for the test series!!!! go black caps!!!!!!

  • on February 12, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    i can't understand these people thought.......if new zealand lose then they will criticise and now when winning, then still the same!!!!!! as far as i know winning is not bad or an act to be criticised!!!!!

  • Bigchops on February 12, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    SA better remember the last world cup in india ..they were so confident that they would advance further that they forgot how to do the basics chasing a modest total and choked..i don't rate their spinner's ,and if steyn, morkel and the new chums get it wrong they will be found out. Kallis and Amla are class but the skipper will struggle against Chris Martin taking the ball across him. NZ problems I believe lie in the middle order with Williamson under pressure and McCullum is a minnow basher (needs to get consistent runs against top sides). This will be one hell of a series..tests 1-1..odi 3-2 to nz and t20 2-1 to sa.

  • on February 11, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    Guptil is currently NZs best batsman (I think) and will be the Key against SA, I feel sorry for Zimbabwe as they lack being decent competition via the constantly poor fielding and wayward starts to batting. However I am pleased to see that they are no longer being 'bowled out' and are playing the maximum overs per game.

  • on February 11, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    I'm a Kiwi but agree with Ntokozo. We bet Aussie, lucky to do so, and Zim are worse than a college first 11 at the moment. BlackCaps are getting to far ahead of themselves at the moment. We got some really good players and some depth coming along plus good to see morale is high but just wait until we do well against SA before going over the top. Don't like McCullum and Guptil being labelled minnow bashers as I don't believe it to be entirely true so I hope the go well against SA to put an end to that. I think we will be very competitive and no walk over but if I had to put money on either team it'll be SA. NZ conditions though but I have a feeling players like Nicholl etc will get found out as there is a massive different between NZ domestic / Zim / and SA. Will just be good to have a good competitive series and looking forward to seeing SA here. Foolish for SA supporters to underestimate NZ though - Remember the world cup?? OH and a couple others too :)

  • on February 11, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Funny how some south africans think nz is gonna be a walkover remember what happend in the world cup boys?nz are gonna be a tough test for south africa at home even wit the likes of steyn,morkel,philander ect

  • StevieS on February 11, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Ntokozo Qwabe probebly will lose the test series, we are a better ODI team then them though so it would be a upset if they beat us in the ODI series. Did we thrash them or just beat them in the world cup? can't remember as it was one of those "should win" games that I don't take much notice of, like this zim series.

  • opindersinghswan on February 11, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    weldone black caps ,,,,played well,,,n they will beat saf,,

  • on February 11, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    @Ntokozo Qwabe I am saying bring on the south africans because I am totally bored with this current tour I want NZ play a real team even if NZ do go down comprehensively

  • Winchester666 on February 11, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    @Ntokozo Qwabe - Question, who has beaten South Africa in the last 3 World cups?

  • on February 12, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    i think this gonna be a very good series......I think black caps have to play a hell of a good cricket to win against these proteas....which i believe is the world's most balanced team.....kiwis should focus on ODIs and test series......which they are doing,as they have told Ryder to play plunket shield instead of t20s........even though Taylor and Brownlie are not available for t20s........ hope Ryder and Taylor are fully fit for odi series and Brownlie for the test series!!!! go black caps!!!!!!

  • on February 12, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    i can't understand these people thought.......if new zealand lose then they will criticise and now when winning, then still the same!!!!!! as far as i know winning is not bad or an act to be criticised!!!!!

  • Bigchops on February 12, 2012, 6:21 GMT

    SA better remember the last world cup in india ..they were so confident that they would advance further that they forgot how to do the basics chasing a modest total and choked..i don't rate their spinner's ,and if steyn, morkel and the new chums get it wrong they will be found out. Kallis and Amla are class but the skipper will struggle against Chris Martin taking the ball across him. NZ problems I believe lie in the middle order with Williamson under pressure and McCullum is a minnow basher (needs to get consistent runs against top sides). This will be one hell of a series..tests 1-1..odi 3-2 to nz and t20 2-1 to sa.

  • on February 11, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    Guptil is currently NZs best batsman (I think) and will be the Key against SA, I feel sorry for Zimbabwe as they lack being decent competition via the constantly poor fielding and wayward starts to batting. However I am pleased to see that they are no longer being 'bowled out' and are playing the maximum overs per game.

  • on February 11, 2012, 23:31 GMT

    I'm a Kiwi but agree with Ntokozo. We bet Aussie, lucky to do so, and Zim are worse than a college first 11 at the moment. BlackCaps are getting to far ahead of themselves at the moment. We got some really good players and some depth coming along plus good to see morale is high but just wait until we do well against SA before going over the top. Don't like McCullum and Guptil being labelled minnow bashers as I don't believe it to be entirely true so I hope the go well against SA to put an end to that. I think we will be very competitive and no walk over but if I had to put money on either team it'll be SA. NZ conditions though but I have a feeling players like Nicholl etc will get found out as there is a massive different between NZ domestic / Zim / and SA. Will just be good to have a good competitive series and looking forward to seeing SA here. Foolish for SA supporters to underestimate NZ though - Remember the world cup?? OH and a couple others too :)

  • on February 11, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Funny how some south africans think nz is gonna be a walkover remember what happend in the world cup boys?nz are gonna be a tough test for south africa at home even wit the likes of steyn,morkel,philander ect

  • StevieS on February 11, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Ntokozo Qwabe probebly will lose the test series, we are a better ODI team then them though so it would be a upset if they beat us in the ODI series. Did we thrash them or just beat them in the world cup? can't remember as it was one of those "should win" games that I don't take much notice of, like this zim series.

  • opindersinghswan on February 11, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    weldone black caps ,,,,played well,,,n they will beat saf,,

  • on February 11, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    @Ntokozo Qwabe I am saying bring on the south africans because I am totally bored with this current tour I want NZ play a real team even if NZ do go down comprehensively

  • Winchester666 on February 11, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    @Ntokozo Qwabe - Question, who has beaten South Africa in the last 3 World cups?

  • on February 11, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Zimbabwe's big brother, South Africa is coming soon to take revenge.

  • hayjay on February 11, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    @Kris Ballantyne - May I remind you that Nathan McCullum is the "3rd ranked" T20 bowler in the world. Not to flash in the other formats but very crafty in the shortest version.

  • on February 11, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    @Nick Brown: "another unfortunate result bring on south africa I say" Hahahaha! You had me falling off my chair there mate. Phew! It's really nice to see all the Kiwis getting hyped up over thrashing a useless side like Zimbabwe and suddenly declaring themselves world beaters. But don't worry Kiwis, the true nature of this side will be revealed when SA comes around. This current NZ side will be lucky to survive a Test against SA. In fact, with SA's current riches of depth, SA might well think about playing their 'B' attack of Merchant de Lange, Parnell and Tsotsobe. Even they'd cause havoc for minnow bashers like Guptill and McCullum. Can't imagine what Steyn, Philander and Morkel will do to this lot. The moral of the story is that Kiwi fans should learn to stay humble. These victories means nothing. You can talk once you can at least manage to draw a Test match against SA. That would be something to shout about. Much better than this chest-beating over thrashing minnows.

  • stari09 on February 11, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    c Guptill b Bates ....I thought it scorecard from Ken Maunder Park.

  • on February 11, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Zimbabwe's coaches need to teach the basics of fielding and bowling intelligently, to many aimless balls bowled.

  • on February 11, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    another unfortunate result bring on south africa I say

  • on February 11, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Nathan McCullum is the worst spinner in the NZ team, not really sure what he's doing in the side other than being Brendans brother

  • on February 11, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    bowl buddy bowl ..............

  • on February 11, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    I feel like Nathan McCullum is not getting enough overs to bawl. He is a very good player and should be given maximum overs to bawl...

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  • on February 11, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    I feel like Nathan McCullum is not getting enough overs to bawl. He is a very good player and should be given maximum overs to bawl...

  • on February 11, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    bowl buddy bowl ..............

  • on February 11, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    Nathan McCullum is the worst spinner in the NZ team, not really sure what he's doing in the side other than being Brendans brother

  • on February 11, 2012, 9:52 GMT

    another unfortunate result bring on south africa I say

  • on February 11, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Zimbabwe's coaches need to teach the basics of fielding and bowling intelligently, to many aimless balls bowled.

  • stari09 on February 11, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    c Guptill b Bates ....I thought it scorecard from Ken Maunder Park.

  • on February 11, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    @Nick Brown: "another unfortunate result bring on south africa I say" Hahahaha! You had me falling off my chair there mate. Phew! It's really nice to see all the Kiwis getting hyped up over thrashing a useless side like Zimbabwe and suddenly declaring themselves world beaters. But don't worry Kiwis, the true nature of this side will be revealed when SA comes around. This current NZ side will be lucky to survive a Test against SA. In fact, with SA's current riches of depth, SA might well think about playing their 'B' attack of Merchant de Lange, Parnell and Tsotsobe. Even they'd cause havoc for minnow bashers like Guptill and McCullum. Can't imagine what Steyn, Philander and Morkel will do to this lot. The moral of the story is that Kiwi fans should learn to stay humble. These victories means nothing. You can talk once you can at least manage to draw a Test match against SA. That would be something to shout about. Much better than this chest-beating over thrashing minnows.

  • hayjay on February 11, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    @Kris Ballantyne - May I remind you that Nathan McCullum is the "3rd ranked" T20 bowler in the world. Not to flash in the other formats but very crafty in the shortest version.

  • on February 11, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Zimbabwe's big brother, South Africa is coming soon to take revenge.

  • Winchester666 on February 11, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    @Ntokozo Qwabe - Question, who has beaten South Africa in the last 3 World cups?