Zimbabwe tour of New Zealand, 1st ODI: New Zealand v Zimbabwe at Dunedin, Feb 3, 2012
New Zealand won by 90 runs
3 February 2012 (50-over match)
0.1

Meth to Nicol, 1 wide, starts with a wide well down the leg side which beats Nicol's walk down the wicket

0.1

Meth to Nicol, no run, first legal ball of the match is solidly defended down the pitch on off stump

0.2

Meth to Nicol, no run, swings away a touch and skews the drive out to cover

0.3

Meth to Nicol, no run, nicely times a firm push to a ball on middle stump, mid-on comes round to field and fires a throw at the non-striker's end where Guptill had backed up a touch too far but the throw misses, might have been in anyhow

0.4

Meth to Nicol, no run, again plays firmly down to mid-on, no running dramas on this occasion

0.5

Meth to Nicol, OUT, Zimbabwe strike in the first over! Full outside off and inviting the drive, Nicol eagerly chases it but is fooled by the late swing and gets a healthy edge which carries to the jubilant Zimbabwean skipper at first slip

RJ Nicol c Taylor b Meth 0 (3m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

0.6

Meth to BB McCullum, 3 runs, starts with a nice flowing drive to a wide swinging ball outside off, threads it through the gap but the outfield is a tad slow after rain throughout the week and it holds up before the rope

New Zealand 4/1   KO Meth 1-0-4-1
2.1

Meth to Williamson, no run, stands tall and defends down into the off side nicely

2.2

Meth to Williamson, 2 runs, strays onto the pads and clips it nicely through the gap between mid-on and midwicket

2.3

Meth to Williamson, no run, again into the pads but this time Williamson misses the flick to leg and it thuds into his front pad

2.4

Meth to Williamson, no run, digs out a full ball on off back to Meth in his follow-through

2.5

Meth to Williamson, FOUR, lovely timing there, no effort really, strays on the pads once more and Williamson bisects those fielders perfectly to send it racing to the midwicket boundary

2.6

Meth to Williamson, no run, lets this one very wide of off go through to Taibu

New Zealand 11/2   KO Meth 2-0-10-1
4.1

Meth to Guptill, 1 wide, this is very wide of off and Guptill lets it go, in fact it is called and Meth will have to re-bowl that one

4.1

Meth to Guptill, no run, Guptill nervously defends this from the crease, it drops at his feet but he looks very tentative at the moment

4.2

Meth to Guptill, FOUR, tentative indeed! Walks down the wicket and swings cleanly through the line over mid-on's head

4.3

Meth to Guptill, FOUR, well, I think Taibu has DROPPED that one, tough though, Guptill gets a healthy nick which clips Taibu's glove and pad before beating first slip to the fence, was a simple take had he been standing back

4.4

Meth to Guptill, no run, this one swings back in sharply and Guptill digs it out to short mid-on

4.5

Meth to Guptill, no run, this is very wide of off and he doesn't offer a stroke

4.6

Meth to Guptill, no run, driven firmly down the pitch, Meth sticks a hand out and stops it in his follow-through

New Zealand 27/2   KO Meth 3-0-19-1
6.1

Meth to Guptill, no run, stays back in the crease and plays it down to mid-on

6.2

Meth to Guptill, no run, fuller on middle and leg and firmly driven to mid-on

6.3

Meth to Guptill, FOUR, too wide outside off and Guptill punishes him for erring in line, flays that through the covers with control

6.4

Meth to Guptill, 1 wide, swinging too far away outside off, Guptill doesn't need to play it and the extra run is forthcoming

6.4

Meth to Guptill, FOUR, beautifully played, on the pads and Guptill flicks it wristily to the square leg fence

6.5

Meth to Guptill, no run, better line and length, gets some bounce outside off and beats the nervous prod which was accompanied by no foot movement

6.6

Meth to Guptill, no run, this is a bit wider than the previous ball and he can safely let it go

New Zealand 36/2   KO Meth 4-0-28-1
8.1

Meth to Williamson, 1 run, worked nicely down the wicket

8.2

Meth to Guptill, no run, mistimes the drive down to a deepish mid-off

8.3

Meth to Guptill, no run, accurate on off, brings Guptill forward to defend into short cover's hands

8.4

Meth to Guptill, FOUR, bowls it hip height on middle and leg and he nicely whips it through the infield

8.5

Meth to Guptill, 1 run, firmly punches the drive into the ground, bounces up and short cover deflects it down to mid-off

8.6

Meth to Williamson, no run, comes forward and defends nicely into the covers

New Zealand 49/2   KO Meth 5-0-34-1
37.1

Meth to Ellis, FOUR, starts with a short wide one outside off and Ellis cuts it away hard for his first ODI boundary

37.2

Meth to Ellis, 1 run, strays on the pads, worked to midwicket and they set off, fires the throw at the bowler's end and misses but Ellis was probably home anyway

37.3

Meth to NL McCullum, no run, chopped down past Taibu who is standing up, he runs back to prevent the single

37.4

Meth to NL McCullum, 1 run, goes back and cuts straight to backward point and sets off, misfield allows them to get through easily

37.5

Meth to Ellis, no run

37.6

Meth to Ellis, 1 run

New Zealand 195/6   KO Meth 6-0-41-1
39.1

Meth to Ellis, 1 run, worked away into the covers

39.2

Meth to NL McCullum, no run, tries to scoop from outside off but bounces over the bat through to Taibu

39.3

Meth to NL McCullum, 1 run, goes back and slaps into the deep, good effort by the man on the fence prevents the second

39.4

Meth to Ellis, FOUR, opens the face and guides it past Taibu down the third man fence, intelligently played

39.5

Meth to Ellis, no run

39.6

Meth to Ellis, 1 run

New Zealand 203/6   KO Meth 7-0-48-1
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