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)

Welcome back. Mills to open up to Hamilton Masakadza. Can he inspire the batsmen to back up his brother's sterling effort with the ball?

0.1

Mills to H Masakadza, 1 run, clipped off the pads between mid-on and midwicket

0.2

Mills to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, on the hips and tucked away fine

0.3

Mills to H Masakadza, no run, defends solidly to leg, Mills trying to angle it into the right hander and then get it to move away

0.4

Mills to H Masakadza, no run, this is well outside off and he lets it go

0.5

Mills to H Masakadza, 1 run, angled into the pads and clipped away again

0.6

Mills to Matsikenyeri, OUT, for the second time today a wicket falls in the opening over of the innings, this angled in to leg and he tried to whip it away but it moved away a touch and struck him on middle and leg, given out, thinks of a review but is told to forget it

S Matsikenyeri lbw b Mills 1 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

End of over 1 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 3/1 (246 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 5.02)

    • H Masakadza 2 (4b)
    • KD Mills 1-0-3-1
1.1

Bracewell to H Masakadza, no run, starts with an accurate bal on off making him defend

1.2

Bracewell to H Masakadza, no run, outside off, he stands tall and plays it off his tippy toes to point

1.3

Bracewell to H Masakadza, no run, good length on the stumps and he plays it down into the leg side

1.4

Bracewell to H Masakadza, no run, he is hurried into a defensive shot as he tries to play it late on off stump, squeezed out

1.5

Bracewell to H Masakadza, no run, beaten outside off as the ball kept a touch low, Masakadza tried to drive well away from his body, no contact made

1.6

Bracewell to H Masakadza, no run, maiden over to start with for Bracewell, pushed through outside off and he lets it go

End of over 2 (maiden) Zimbabwe 3/1 (246 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 1.50, RRR: 5.12)

    • H Masakadza 2 (10b)
    • RW Chakabva 0 (0b)
    • DAJ Bracewell 1-1-0-0
    • KD Mills 1-0-3-1
2.1

Mills to Chakabva, no run, hops back and defends down, ball rolls into the slips

2.2

Mills to Chakabva, no run, angling into the batsman and he misses the flick to leg but the ball was always going down so no appeal is forthcoming

2.3

Mills to Chakabva, no run, nicely punches a back-foot drive straight to point

2.4

Mills to Chakabva, no run, this is full and angling in, appeal for lbw as it hits him on middle and leg but too high

2.5

Mills to Chakabva, no run, goes back and chops a cut down into the off side

2.6

Mills to Chakabva, no run, tidy start by New Zealand as two maidens in a row take place, this one again nipped in and hit him high on the back pad but the ball was sliding down

End of over 3 (maiden) Zimbabwe 3/1 (246 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 1.00, RRR: 5.23)

    • RW Chakabva 0 (6b)
    • H Masakadza 2 (10b)
    • KD Mills 2-1-3-1
    • DAJ Bracewell 1-1-0-0
3.1

Bracewell to H Masakadza, 1 run, first run for 13 balls, defends a full ball with soft hands to the left of the bowler's follow-through and they set off quickly to beat the bowler's throw to the keeper

3.2

Bracewell to Chakabva, 1 run, hangs back and uppishly punches through backward point down to third man

3.3

Bracewell to H Masakadza, no run, straight, fast and short, stays in the crease and pushes it back to the bowler

3.4

Bracewell to H Masakadza, no run, comes forward to defend but is slightly surprised by the bounce, with soft hands he manages to keep it down and steer it to point

3.5

Bracewell to H Masakadza, no run, defends firmly down to mid-on

3.6

Bracewell to H Masakadza, no run, goes back and plays attractively into the covers but cannot pierce the in field

End of over 4 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 5/1 (244 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 1.25, RRR: 5.30)

    • H Masakadza 3 (15b)
    • RW Chakabva 1 (7b)
    • DAJ Bracewell 2-1-2-0
    • KD Mills 2-1-3-1
4.1

Mills to Chakabva, no run

4.2

Mills to Chakabva, 1 run, suicidal running! Latham is at short midwicket, Chakabva clips it off the pads straight to Latham and sets off, would have been out twice over had Latham's throw at the non-striker's end hit, Chakabva then bumped into Mills and plonked his bat in

4.3

Mills to H Masakadza, no run

4.4

Mills to H Masakadza, no run

4.5

Mills to H Masakadza, no run, outside off and nicely punched to cover

4.6

Mills to H Masakadza, FOUR, pristine timing there, full on middle and off, Hamilton plays with poise through the line and along the ground past the bowler and mid-off

End of over 5 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 10/1 (239 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 5.31)

    • H Masakadza 7 (19b 1x4)
    • RW Chakabva 2 (9b)
    • KD Mills 3-1-8-1
    • DAJ Bracewell 2-1-2-0
5.1

Bracewell to Chakabva, no run, defends down to off

5.2

Bracewell to Chakabva, OUT

H Masakadza run out 7 (20m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 36.84

5.3

Bracewell to Taylor, 1 wide, slips this one down leg and the umpire completes the formalities

5.3

Bracewell to Taylor, FOUR, well played, leans down on a good length ball outside off, and slaps it through the covers

5.4

Bracewell to Taylor, no run, lets this one go outside off

This match was supposed to be a Taylor v Taylor battle, but has ended up being a Brendan v Brendon battle! #can'tescapesimilarnames

5.5

Bracewell to Taylor, no run

5.6

Bracewell to Taylor, no run, stays back in the crease and defends with the middle of the bat under the eyes into the off side

Brendan Taylor is coming off 2 centuries and a fifty in his last three innings against the New Zealanders

End of over 6 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 15/2 (234 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 2.50, RRR: 5.31)

    • BRM Taylor 4 (4b 1x4)
    • RW Chakabva 2 (11b)
    • DAJ Bracewell 3-1-7-0
    • KD Mills 3-1-8-1
6.1

Mills to Chakabva, OUT, Napier's ghosts loom portentiously over this match as Zimbabwe lose their third wicket inside the opening 10 overs, good length on off, moves away a touch, healthy edge provides some slip catching practice

RW Chakabva c Nicol b Mills 2 (23m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

6.2

Mills to Taibu, no run, lets this one go outside off

6.3

Mills to Taibu, no run, again lets it go through outside off to Baz behind the sticks

6.4

Mills to Taibu, no run, this one nips back in a fair distance from outside off, goes comfortably over the top of the stumps as Taibu shoulders arms

6.5

Mills to Taibu, 3 runs, nicely times a cover drive through the infield, Taibu is forced to dive at the bowler's end to complete the third, had the throw been on target he would have been struggling

6.6

Mills to Taylor, no run, the skipper lets it go outside off, he really is the key for his team in this chase

On comes Tim Southee, a product of King's College in Auckland, the best cricketing school in New Zealand. I know, since I coach there! #noconflictofinterest #shastri

End of over 7 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 18/3 (231 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 2.57, RRR: 5.37)

    • BRM Taylor 4 (5b 1x4)
    • T Taibu 3 (4b)
    • KD Mills 4-1-11-2
    • DAJ Bracewell 3-1-7-0
7.1

Southee to Taibu, no run

7.2

Southee to Taibu, 1 wide, slips this one down leg and Taibu misses the flick, called wide

7.2

Southee to Taibu, 1 run, goes back and punches through backward point

7.3

Southee to Taylor, no run, Zimbabwe's running between the wickets has been shambolic and we're only in the 8th over, Taylor works it square on the leg side, Taibu hares down the wicket and Taylor has to send him back

7.4

Southee to Taylor, no run, drives nicely into the off side but isn't able to make much of it

7.5

Southee to Taylor, no run, worked off the pads to Latham square, Taylor quick to warn Taibu off as to any possibility of a run

7.6

Southee to Taylor, no run, looks to come forward and slowly goes back to cover the extra bounce outside off, drops it at his feet

End of over 8 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 20/3 (229 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 2.50, RRR: 5.45)

    • BRM Taylor 4 (9b 1x4)
    • T Taibu 4 (6b)
    • TG Southee 1-0-2-0
    • KD Mills 4-1-11-2
8.1

Mills to Taibu, no run, outside off stump and swinging away, lets it go through to the keeper

8.2

Mills to Taibu, no run, Taibu is watchful again and offers no shot to a Mills awayswinger outside off

8.3

Mills to Taibu, no run, loud appeal for lbw as a ball on leg thuds past the flick into the pad, quite high and possibly going down, no review used

8.4

Mills to Taibu, no run, top delivery, outside off, Taibu feels for it and then shakes his head in disappointment as it rears up over the shoulder of the bat

8.5

Mills to Taibu, no run, comes forward and defends a decent length ball on middle one bounce to short leg

8.6

Mills to Taibu, no run, leaves with more certainty outside the off stump than on the previous occasion

End of over 9 (maiden) Zimbabwe 20/3 (229 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 2.22, RRR: 5.58)

    • T Taibu 4 (12b)
    • BRM Taylor 4 (9b 1x4)
    • KD Mills 5-2-11-2
    • TG Southee 1-0-2-0
9.1

Southee to Taylor, no run, outside off and Taylor again respectfully leaves alone

9.2

Southee to Taylor, FOUR, breaks the shackles by coming down and wristily chipping a ball outside off over mid-on, well played

9.3

Southee to Taylor, no run, that bounces very high over middle, so high that Taylor tries to ramp it but misses, there is a stifled appeal for a catch but no nick was audible, that must have been close to wide for height

9.4

Southee to Taylor, 1 run

9.5

Southee to Taibu, no run, lets it go outside the off stump, Taibu looks like he's determined to battle through a tough period

9.6

Southee to Taibu, no run, straight on a good length, defended solidly

Pushkar: "What's with the milestones? Mazakadza just crossed 3000 runs, Taylor's 11 away from 4000!"

End of over 10 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 25/3 (224 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 2.50, RRR: 5.60)

    • T Taibu 4 (14b)
    • BRM Taylor 9 (13b 2x4)
    • TG Southee 2-0-7-0
    • KD Mills 5-2-11-2
10.1

Bracewell to Taylor, no run, comes forward and defends the first ball of a new spell from Bracewell

10.2

Bracewell to Taylor, no run, hops back and plays it down the pitch

10.3

Bracewell to Taylor, 2 runs, stays in the crease and nicely forces through the covers, Kane rushes onto the ball like a rabbit finding a carrot and keeps it to a couple

10.4

Bracewell to Taylor, no run, angling into the pads and beats the flick, half-hearted appeal for lbw but never close

10.5

Bracewell to Taylor, 1 run, inside edges the defensive poke outside off out to square leg, went with just the hands there, feet didn't really move

10.6

Bracewell to Taibu, no run, plays it down to mid-off

Cam: "I would have to argue that Palmerston North Boys' High School is the best cricketing school in NZ, Ross Taylor, Jacob Oram, Jamie How, Mathew Sinclair, Adam Milne ..." Over time, they would have a good case. However, currently, King's College has won the Gillette Cup, New Zealand's national high schools tournament, two years in a row, were unbeaten last year and have only lost one game in two years. Pretty impressive in my books!

End of over 11 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 28/3 (221 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 2.54, RRR: 5.66)

    • T Taibu 4 (15b)
    • BRM Taylor 12 (18b 2x4)
    • DAJ Bracewell 4-1-10-0
    • TG Southee 2-0-7-0
11.1

Southee to Taylor, FOUR, latches onto a wide one outside off and cuts it away with purpose past the in-field

11.2

Southee to Taylor, no run, full and angling into leg, Taylor squeezes it out to leg

11.3

Southee to Taylor, no run, goes back and punches down behind backward point

11.4

Southee to Taylor, no run, lets it go outside off nicely

11.5

Southee to Taylor, no run, gets forward to defend, a bit surprised by the bounce and takes the top hand off the bat to play it down

11.6

Southee to Taylor, 1 run, comes forward, defends with soft hands and they run well on this occasion

Konrad: "+1 for using 'portentiously' on the internet. What does it mean?" Looming over, ominous feel etc. Of course, there's always Google if you don't trust me!

End of over 12 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 33/3 (216 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 2.75, RRR: 5.68)

    • BRM Taylor 17 (24b 3x4)
    • T Taibu 4 (15b)
    • TG Southee 3-0-12-0
    • DAJ Bracewell 4-1-10-0
12.1

Bracewell to Taylor, no run

12.2

Bracewell to Taylor, no run, 135 kph there, fired in full on middle, jabs the bat down on it in time

12.3

Bracewell to Taylor, no run, goes back and defends down into the covers

12.4

Bracewell to Taylor, FOUR, top shot, just lofts this over mid-off, not quite a half-volley but he gave himself a bit of room to swing through the line

12.5

Bracewell to Taylor, 1 run, carves this ball outside off down to third man

12.6

Bracewell to Taibu, no run, comes forward and defends to point with an open face

GrammarHard: "Only cause you poach everyone else's players #noconflictofinterest" I think you will find that very few of the King's side in the last two seasons joined from other schools halfway through their high school years

End of over 13 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 38/3 (211 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 2.92, RRR: 5.70)

    • T Taibu 4 (16b)
    • BRM Taylor 22 (29b 4x4)
    • DAJ Bracewell 5-1-15-0
    • TG Southee 3-0-12-0
13.1

Ellis to Taylor, 1 run, Ellis' first ball in ODI cricket is squeezed off the pads square

13.2

Ellis to Taibu, no run, full on off and Taibu crouches over the top of it to negate any movement or bounce

13.3

Ellis to Taibu, 1 run, gets appreciable bounce there as he bangs it in on leg, Taibu hops up and works it down behind square

13.4

Ellis to Taylor, 1 run, full on middle and leg, Taylor comfortably turns it around the corner

13.5

Ellis to Taibu, no run, fired into the pads past the work to leg, sliding down though

13.6

Ellis to Taibu, no run, hangs back in the crease and defends the 126kph delivery down the pitch

Marcus: "@Cam- I presume the school that produced Chris Martin would just be by default the greatest cricketing school, possibly in the world- what a bat!"

Brendan Wills: "You missed an opportunity when he was bowling, so if he comes out swinging with the bat, don't forget to say 'Meth is dangerous.'" Haha I will, although given the damage his face suffered a while back, is it fair to say the ball is more dangerous than him?

End of over 14 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 41/3 (208 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 2.92, RRR: 5.77)

    • T Taibu 5 (20b)
    • BRM Taylor 24 (31b 4x4)
    • AM Ellis 1-0-3-0
    • DAJ Bracewell 5-1-15-0
14.1

Bracewell to Taylor, no run

14.2

Bracewell to Taylor, FOUR, again advances down the track, heaves it from outside off with average timing but the ball skews past mid-on and ends up behind the rope

14.3

Bracewell to Taylor, no run, well bowled, angling in on off, is hurried back and defends the 140kph delivery at his feet

14.4

Bracewell to Taylor, FOUR, backs away and top edges the cut over the slips, not sure that was entirely intentional but effective nevertheless

14.5

Bracewell to Taylor, no run, goes back and defends down the pitch

14.6

Bracewell to Taylor, no run, lets a fast and straight one outside off go through to Baz

Thomas with his view on New Zealand's best cricketing school: "Papanui High School is the greatest cricketing school in NZ. Andrew Caddick, Shane Bond and me."

End of over 15 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 49/3 (200 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 3.26, RRR: 5.71)

    • BRM Taylor 32 (37b 6x4)
    • T Taibu 5 (20b)
    • DAJ Bracewell 6-1-23-0
    • AM Ellis 1-0-3-0
15.1

Ellis to Taibu, 1 run, brings up the team 50 with a dab through gully

15.2

Ellis to Taylor, no run, this one nips back in and strikes him high on the pad, they roar out an appeal but don't review as it was far too high and sliding down

15.3

Ellis to Taylor, 1 run

15.4

Ellis to Taibu, no run, full on middle and off and he plays it back to Ellis

15.5

Ellis to Taibu, no run, 127kph, gets some bounce which fools Taibu who came forward and was struck on the back leg

15.6

Ellis to Taibu, 1 run, waits on this one outside off, opens the face and back-cuts down to third man

Simon: "I have just read about Palmerston North Boys High and the players that played for them. Oram and Sinclair played for New Plymouth and lets face it neither of them are great NZ players. As for How and Milne...... Auckland Grammar. M Crowe, J Crowe, Vivian, Jarvis, Burgess and many more like Nash, McIntosh and Graeme Thorne [a former All Black rugby player]. Easily the best school for providing NZ cricketers."

End of over 16 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 52/3 (197 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 3.25, RRR: 5.79)

    • T Taibu 7 (24b)
    • BRM Taylor 33 (39b 6x4)
    • AM Ellis 2-0-6-0
    • DAJ Bracewell 6-1-23-0
16.1

Southee to Taibu, no run

16.2

Southee to Taibu, FOUR, cracking cut to a short ball outside off and he slaps it away with impunity through the backward point region

16.3

Southee to Taibu, 1 run, defends it right beneath his feet, they rush through for a well-taken single, these two have sorted their communication issues

16.4

Southee to Taylor, no run, is forward and defends into the covers

16.5

Southee to Taylor, no run, goes back and plays it down to leg, a good rebuilding job being done by these two for Zimbabwe

16.6

Southee to Taylor, no run

It's drinks in Dunedin. Zimbabwe recovering thanks to this experienced pair, but New Zealand still have the upper hand after the early wickets.

End of over 17 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 57/3 (192 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 3.35, RRR: 5.81)

    • BRM Taylor 33 (42b 6x4)
    • T Taibu 12 (27b 1x4)
    • TG Southee 4-0-17-0
    • AM Ellis 2-0-6-0
17.1

Ellis to Taibu, no run

17.2

Ellis to Taibu, 1 run, goes back and works it through the slips to third man

17.3

Ellis to Taylor, no run, is forward and defends back down the pitch after adjusting to the bounce

17.4

Ellis to Taylor, no run, outside off and he moves across to punch it to cover

17.5

Ellis to Taylor, 1 run, swipes this ball on off across the line, rolls to fine leg in the circle

17.6

Ellis to Taibu, 1 run, hangs back in the crase and runs it down expertly to third man once more

End of over 18 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 60/3 (189 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 3.33, RRR: 5.90)

    • T Taibu 14 (30b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 34 (45b 6x4)
    • AM Ellis 3-0-9-0
    • TG Southee 4-0-17-0
18.1

Southee to Taibu, no run, Simon Doull is talking of fishing on air, well Guptill at point has just leapt like an eel and made a brilliant one-handed save at point to deny Taibu's fierce cut a certain boundary

18.2

Southee to Taibu, no run, turned into the leg side

18.3

Southee to Taibu, no run, outside off and moving away, tries to run it down again but mistimes it into the ground and on the bounce to slip

18.4

Southee to Taibu, 2 runs, goes back and punches through backward point, Taibu getting a bit of width which he likes

18.5

Southee to Taibu, no run, defends this ball on middle into the top of his pad, loud appeal by the bowler but everyone else seemed to be aware that it hit bat first

18.6

Southee to Taibu, no run, defends this one on off down to the side of the pitch

Smudgeon: "Keegan Meth's teeth flying in slow motion is the one image I will carry with me from 2011 for the rest of my life. Rick McCosker's broken jaw seem like a papercut my comparison. And far less teeth-a-flying'." Quite horrendous, wasn't it? Good to see him back on the field and fighting fit

End of over 19 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 62/3 (187 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 3.26, RRR: 6.03)

    • T Taibu 16 (36b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 34 (45b 6x4)
    • TG Southee 5-0-19-0
    • AM Ellis 3-0-9-0
19.1

Ellis to Taylor, no run

19.2

Ellis to Taylor, 1 run, drags this from well outside off into the deep area at midwicket

19.3

Ellis to Taibu, FOUR, Taibu backs away to give himself some room, Ellis tried to follow him but instead it was wide enough of him to allow Taibu to swing nicely to deep backward square

Ellis again stops running in, the wind is blowing the bails off

19.4

Ellis to Taibu, no run, outside off, this one rears up onto the shoulder of the bat and the attempted dab tamely rolls to third man

19.5

Ellis to Taibu, OUT, Taibu perishes looking to up the tempo, gave himself some room and tried to smash it over the covers, the length wasn't quite full enough and he skied it to the edge of the circle, where Kane takes a comfortable catch

T Taibu c Williamson b Ellis 20 (59m 39b 2x4 0x6) SR: 51.28

19.6

Ellis to Taylor, 1 run, oh dear Taylor almost out the ball after Taibu, the running heebie-jeebies take over, pushes to mid-on and sets off, Bracewell picks up and underarms but misses with Taylor struggling

End of over 20 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 68/4 (181 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 3.40, RRR: 6.03)

    • BRM Taylor 36 (48b 6x4)
    • MN Waller 0 (0b)
    • AM Ellis 4-0-15-1
    • TG Southee 5-0-19-0
20.1

Southee to Taylor, 2 runs, on the pads and tucked away square, they come back for a couple

20.2

Southee to Taylor, no run, inside edges the block from the crease into his pad, rolls away to off

Taibu was Ellis' maiden ODI wicket

20.3

Southee to Taylor, no run, gets the front foot outside off and forward before defending a good length ball down the pitch

20.4

Southee to Taylor, 1 run, backs away and flays it to mid-off who is standing slightly deep

20.5

Southee to Waller, no run, Waller is greeted by a 138kph delivery outside off which bounces sharply over the lame waft offered outside off

20.6

Southee to Waller, no run, gets this to seam back into the right-hander and it ricochets off the pad to the off side, definitely going down leg

End of over 21 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 71/4 (178 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 3.38, RRR: 6.13)

    • MN Waller 0 (2b)
    • BRM Taylor 39 (52b 6x4)
    • TG Southee 6-0-22-0
    • AM Ellis 4-0-15-1
21.1

Ellis to Taylor, 1 run, plays this full ball on leg to long-on

3217 crowd attendance today, not bad for a working Friday in Dunedin

21.2

Ellis to Waller, 1 run, gets off the mark with an open faced push behind square on the off side

21.3

Ellis to Taylor, no run, nips back in and is beaten trying to defend before being struck on the pad

21.4

Ellis to Taylor, FOUR, strays down leg and Taylor tucks it off leg with fine placement to send it to the boundary

21.5

Ellis to Taylor, no run, defends this straighter ball to mid-on

21.6

Ellis to Taylor, FOUR, poor ball to finish, short long hop on middle and Taylor is happy to take up the run-scoring offer with a pull which thuds into the advertising hoardings at square leg one-bounce

End of over 22 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 81/4 (168 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 3.68, RRR: 6.00)

    • BRM Taylor 48 (57b 8x4)
    • MN Waller 1 (3b)
    • AM Ellis 5-0-25-1
    • TG Southee 6-0-22-0
22.1

Southee to Waller, 1 run, outside off, stabs it away through backward point

22.2

Southee to Taylor, 1 run, worked away into the leg side, moves to 49

22.3

Southee to Waller, no run, short outside off, Waller sways inside the line away from danger

22.4

Southee to Waller, 2 runs, clipped airily through midwicket, just flies to the fielder's left

22.5

Southee to Waller, no run, good straight and short ball on middle, Waller leaves well with the Neil McKenzie curtain-rail withdrawal

22.6

Southee to Waller, no run, gets forward and plays into the covers

Rob Nicol comes on ahead of Nathan McCullum, the full-time spinner. What will that do to the brotherly relations?

End of over 23 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 85/4 (164 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 3.69, RRR: 6.07)

    • MN Waller 4 (8b)
    • BRM Taylor 49 (58b 8x4)
    • TG Southee 7-0-26-0
    • AM Ellis 5-0-25-1
23.1

Nicol to Taylor, no run

23.2

Nicol to Taylor, 1 run, tucked away into the leg side to bring up an invaluable half-century which is keeping his side in the game, leading from the front

23.3

Nicol to Waller, 1 run

23.4

Nicol to Taylor, no run, came down and hurriedly back-tracked as he spotted the change in length, drops it down on the pitch

23.5

Nicol to Taylor, no run, goes back and plays to the bowler

23.6

Nicol to Taylor, 1 run, goes back and plays down to long-on, tidy first over from Nicol

Rob Nicol also from King's College, incidentally! Now Nathan comes on, so not too much damage to the McCullum brothers' love for each other!

End of over 24 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 88/4 (161 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 3.66, RRR: 6.19)

    • BRM Taylor 51 (63b 8x4)
    • MN Waller 5 (9b)
    • RJ Nicol 1-0-3-0
    • TG Southee 7-0-26-0
24.1

NL McCullum to Taylor, no run, defends to leg

24.2

NL McCullum to Taylor, 1 run, comes down and hits powerfully on the bounce through McCullum's hands to long-off, that stung

24.3

NL McCullum to Waller, no run, goes back and plays back to the bowler

24.4

NL McCullum to Waller, 2 runs, slices this full ball outside off through backward point

24.5

NL McCullum to Waller, no run, fired into the pads and he has to defend the 91kph ball on middle and leg

24.6

NL McCullum to Waller, no run, pushed through outside off, beats the ambitious drive

End of over 25 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 91/4 (158 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 3.64, RRR: 6.32)

    • MN Waller 7 (13b)
    • BRM Taylor 52 (65b 8x4)
    • NL McCullum 1-0-3-0
    • RJ Nicol 1-0-3-0
25.1

Nicol to Taylor, no run, Taylor likes to use his feet, comes down but checks the push to midwicket

25.2

Nicol to Taylor, SIX, gigantic blow for the first six of the day, comes down and gets to the pitch, swings it high and hard over the roof of the only 'grandstand' (if you can call it that) in the ground

In fact, looks like that ball is forever consigned to history. The box of replacement balls comes out

25.3

Nicol to Taylor, OUT, Nicol has the last laugh though! Bishen Bedi used to clap whenever batsmen hit him for a boundary, knowing that he would get them when they tried to do it again. Here he skies this to long-off, where Ellis tumbles but takes it cleanly

BRM Taylor c Ellis b Nicol 58 (87m 68b 8x4 1x6) SR: 85.29

25.4

Nicol to Waller, 1 run, short ball on middle, pulled to deep midwicket

25.5

Nicol to Chigumbura, no run, defends a full ball on middle

25.6

Nicol to Chigumbura, 1 run, on the pads, tucked to the right of Guptill at midwicket, he is onto it in a flash, Elton was dawdling and he is fortunate to have beaten the direct hit by one frame, could have been another run-out

End of over 26 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 99/5 (150 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 3.80, RRR: 6.25)

    • E Chigumbura 1 (2b)
    • MN Waller 8 (14b)
    • RJ Nicol 2-0-11-1
    • NL McCullum 1-0-3-0
26.1

NL McCullum to Chigumbura, 1 run, fired into middle and off, worked with the spin down to long-on to bring up the 100 for Zimbabwe

26.2

NL McCullum to Waller, 1 run, goes back and dabs through backward point

26.3

NL McCullum to Chigumbura, 1 run, comes down in attacking fashion and wrists it from outside off down to deep mid-on

26.4

NL McCullum to Waller, 1 run, hangs back in the crease and turns it away fine to leg

26.5

NL McCullum to Chigumbura, 1 run, oh dear, smashes it through Williamson at short mid-on standing on the pitch, then hits Waller's bat and knocks it out of his hand, they do manage to grab a single after all the drama

26.6

NL McCullum to Waller, no run

Jonathan: "Continuing the school debate: Did Simon say that Oram & Sinclair (from PNBHS) weren't great NZ cricketers and then produced Tim McIntosh & a rugby player as examples of ex-Grammar players who were? If that's the case then I'd like to highlight Tawa College as a great cricketer-producing conveyor belt. We've had Mark Gillespie, Jerry Collins (who got poached by St Pats) & Murray Mexted [the latter two both former All Blacks]."

End of over 27 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 104/5 (145 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 3.85, RRR: 6.30)

    • MN Waller 10 (17b)
    • E Chigumbura 4 (5b)
    • NL McCullum 2-0-8-0
    • RJ Nicol 2-0-11-1
27.1

Nicol to Chigumbura, 1 run, goes back and plays it nicely to the cover sweeper

27.2

Nicol to Waller, 1 run, short and wide outside off and cut into the deep

27.3

Nicol to Chigumbura, 1 wide, this is too wide down leg, just slid straight on

27.3

Nicol to Chigumbura, 1 run, ooh, comes down and chips just wide of Williamson in that short mid-on position into the deep

27.4

Nicol to Waller, 1 run, goes back and rolls the wrists on the pull to turn it fine

27.5

Nicol to Chigumbura, 1 run, goes forward and pushes into the covers, they jog through

27.6

Nicol to Waller, OUT, Zimbabwe slide further, this one was turning in from off to middle, hit on the pad, initially not given but New Zealand use a review and it is shown to be hitting the top of middle

MN Waller lbw b Nicol 12 (34m 20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Gareth:"Can any other NZ school claim this record - producing captains of both the NZ womens' and mens' teams? Cashmere High can - Stephen Fleming and Lesley Murdoch. I know, I had to read the sports notices in assemblies which often included a statement to the effect of "...and in the first XI on Saturday, Stephen Fleming scored another century...""

End of over 28 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 110/6 (139 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 3.92, RRR: 6.31)

    • E Chigumbura 7 (8b)
    • RJ Nicol 3-0-17-2
    • NL McCullum 2-0-8-0
28.1

Mills to Chigumbura, no run

28.2

Mills to Chigumbura, no run, squeezes this full ball on the stumps out to mid-off

28.3

Mills to Chigumbura, no run, hangs back and plays it down to mid-off once more

28.4

Mills to Chigumbura, FOUR, nicely struck, outside off and given a bit of room, Elton lofts it nicely over the inner ring

28.5

Mills to Chigumbura, no run

28.6

Mills to Chigumbura, no run, outside off, rises awkwardly and beats Chigumbura's attempted defensive prod

In homage to Brendan Wills, Meth is a dangerous character!

End of over 29 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 114/6 (135 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 3.93, RRR: 6.42)

    • E Chigumbura 11 (14b 1x4)
    • KO Meth 0 (0b)
    • KD Mills 6-2-15-2
    • RJ Nicol 3-0-17-2
29.1

Bracewell to Meth, no run, this one slides down leg, clips the pad on the way through to Baz, big appeal turned down

29.2

Bracewell to Meth, 1 run, sliced out into the covers

29.3

Bracewell to Chigumbura, FOUR, well he was a bit early on the drive but still timed it well enough so that even when he checked the stroke, it went past a diving Ellis at mid-on

29.4

Bracewell to Chigumbura, OUT, again times the drive well but this time he has hit it straight back to Bracewell, who holds it nicely

E Chigumbura c & b Bracewell 15 (18m 16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 93.75

29.5

Bracewell to SW Masakadza, 1 run, on the pads and turned away into the deep at backward square

29.6

Bracewell to Meth, no run, lets it go outside the off stump to end a succesful over for the home side

End of over 30 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 120/7 (129 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 6.45)

    • KO Meth 1 (3b)
    • SW Masakadza 1 (1b)
    • DAJ Bracewell 7-1-29-1
    • KD Mills 6-2-15-2
30.1

Mills to SW Masakadza, 1 run, short outside off and he gets on top of the bounce to run it down to third man

30.2

Mills to Meth, 1 run, goes back and slaps it through backward point, they think of coming back for two but Meth has completely lost his footing when turning and has pirouetted on the pitch before tumbling to the floor like a bear, the bat flew out of his hand too

30.3

Mills to SW Masakadza, no run, angled into off and defends it tightly on off

Good to see Meth back up, would be very unfortunate for one player to suffer two freakish injuries in the space of a few months

30.4

Mills to SW Masakadza, no run, nice line from Mills here, Shingi can only defend this ball on off down

30.5

Mills to SW Masakadza, OUT, outside off on a good length, bit of bounce and away movement, Shinig tries to defend but gets a thick edge to provide Nicol with another easy catch

SW Masakadza c Nicol b Mills 2 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

30.6

Mills to Price, no run, lets his first ball go outside off

End of over 31 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 122/8 (127 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 3.93, RRR: 6.68)

    • RW Price 0 (1b)
    • KO Meth 2 (4b)
    • KD Mills 7-2-17-3
    • DAJ Bracewell 7-1-29-1
31.1

Bracewell to Meth, no run, comes in and pushes it through on leg, defends with an angled blade to mid-on

31.2

Bracewell to Meth, no run, outside off and lets it go

31.3

Bracewell to Meth, no run

31.4

Bracewell to Meth, no run, banged in short on off, he ducks underneath, the one bouncer for the over

31.5

Bracewell to Meth, no run, 132kph on off, goes back and defends into the covers

31.6

Bracewell to Meth, FOUR, good stroke by Meth, slams this on the up over mid-off, wasn't a bad ball, just a good shot

Dave: "Individuals make themselves great... Not schools. Big schools have more chance of great individuals... Simple?"

Chris from Australia: "So far I have worked out that NZ does not have many schools."

Jack Henderson: "Tawa College had an advantage in the form of B.A.G. Murray, who was teaching Geography there when not opening the batting for NZ, and who later became Principal."

End of over 32 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 126/8 (123 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 3.93, RRR: 6.83)

    • KO Meth 6 (10b 1x4)
    • RW Price 0 (1b)
    • DAJ Bracewell 8-1-33-1
    • KD Mills 7-2-17-3
32.1

Mills to Price, no run

32.2

Mills to Price, FOUR, poor ball on the pads and Price plays it nicely through square leg, and beats Ellis running round from deep fine leg

32.3

Mills to Price, no run, comes forward and defends nicely into the covers

32.4

Mills to Price, FOUR, Price looking like he is keen to make a case for a promotion, short outside off and he slashes hard at it, the cut is good enough to reach the fence

32.5

Mills to Price, no run, hops onto his toes to keep a short ball on off down into the covers

32.6

Mills to Price, 1 run, tucked through midwicket

Drinks here with the result all but a formality. Zimbabwe were simply unable to build on their captain's innings and the batting has again come up short. Meanwhile, over in Canberra, Brad Haddin's case to retain his place in the Australian team has been done no favours. The warm-up match between the PM's XI and Sri Lanka at Manuka Oval has been washed out without a ball bowled.

Zimbabwe's Minister of Sport David Coltart on Twitter: "As in the Test not a bad bowling performance but we are being let down by our batting top order. Do we need to swallow some humble pie?"

End of over 33 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 135/8 (114 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.09, RRR: 6.70)

    • RW Price 9 (7b 2x4)
    • KO Meth 6 (10b 1x4)
    • KD Mills 8-2-26-3
    • DAJ Bracewell 8-1-33-1
33.1

Ellis to Price, no run, full on off but he stays back to defend

33.2

Ellis to Price, no run, hops back and again plays back down the pitch

33.3

Ellis to Price, no run, angling in towards middle, inside edges into his inner thigh

33.4

Ellis to Price, no run, full on off and nicely driven but Ellis sprawls himself across the pitch to prevent it getting past him

33.5

Ellis to Price, 1 run, short ball on off and Price hammers a pull to deep backward square, Latham dives well to prevent it going to the boundary

33.6

Ellis to Meth, 1 run, shortish on middle and leg and Meth tucks it behind square

End of over 34 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 137/8 (112 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.02, RRR: 7.00)

    • KO Meth 7 (11b 1x4)
    • RW Price 10 (12b 2x4)
    • AM Ellis 6-0-27-1
    • KD Mills 8-2-26-3
34.1

NL McCullum to Meth, 1 run, works this down to long-on

34.2

NL McCullum to Price, no run, Price decides to pull out the reverse sweep to a ball outside off, misses

34.3

NL McCullum to Price, no run, tries it again, this time it hits him on the pad close to off, loud appeal but they don't review the initial not out decision

34.4

NL McCullum to Price, no run, this time time he works it to midwicket

34.5

NL McCullum to Price, no run, played back down the pitch to Nathan

34.6

NL McCullum to Price, no run, drives firmly to midwicket to end a tidy over

Zimbabwe take the Batting Powerplay, rather futile now one would think. In any case they had no choice but to take it now, as the Powerplays must be completed by the end of the 40th over

End of over 35 (1 run) Zimbabwe 138/8 (111 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 3.94, RRR: 7.40)

    • RW Price 10 (17b 2x4)
    • KO Meth 8 (12b 1x4)
    • NL McCullum 3-0-9-0
    • AM Ellis 6-0-27-1
35.1

Ellis to Meth, no run, on middle, keeps low but Meth clamps down on it

35.2

Ellis to Meth, 1 run, outside off and he pats it down through third man

35.3

Ellis to Price, FOUR, short down leg and Price tickles it fine past the keeper

35.4

Ellis to Price, no run, outside off and punched to mid-off

35.5

Ellis to Price, 2 runs, slower ball outside off, Price goes for the drive and slices it through cover point

35.6

Ellis to Price, no run, goes back and plays down to mid-off, the match meandering to an inevitable conclusion

End of over 36 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 145/8 (104 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 4.02, RRR: 7.42)

    • RW Price 16 (21b 3x4)
    • KO Meth 9 (14b 1x4)
    • AM Ellis 7-0-34-1
    • NL McCullum 3-0-9-0
36.1

NL McCullum to Meth, no run, pushed through outside off and driven to mid-off

36.2

NL McCullum to Meth, no run, 98kph on middle, Meth does well to get bat in front of pad

36.3

NL McCullum to Meth, no run, moves across and defends on off, these two trying to get some open wicket batting practice in

36.4

NL McCullum to Meth, 1 run, goes back and nudges it through square leg

36.5

NL McCullum to Price, no run, Price tries to make room to slam it through the covers but has to dig it out to the bowler

36.6

NL McCullum to Price, no run, bowls what is effectively a medium-pacer outside off, Price pushes outside the line at it but doesn't make contact

End of over 37 (1 run) Zimbabwe 146/8 (103 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 3.94, RRR: 7.92)

    • RW Price 16 (23b 3x4)
    • KO Meth 10 (18b 1x4)
    • NL McCullum 4-0-10-0
    • AM Ellis 7-0-34-1
37.1

Ellis to Meth, no run, goes back and punches to Ellis in his follow-through

37.2

Ellis to Meth, no run, hops back and plays it down to mid-on

37.3

Ellis to Meth, no run, 126kph on leg, taken on the pad as he looks to work it round the corner

37.4

Ellis to Meth, no run, goes back and plays it down to leg

37.5

Ellis to Meth, no run, goes back once more and defends, Zimbabwe finally showing some Test match application, unfortunately though they're doing so in an ODI when they're requiring more than 8 per over

37.6

Ellis to Meth, no run, a maiden over in the Batting Powerplay, Meth again takes the opportunity to practice his defensive technique

End of over 38 (maiden) Zimbabwe 146/8 (103 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 3.84, RRR: 8.58)

    • KO Meth 10 (24b 1x4)
    • RW Price 16 (23b 3x4)
    • AM Ellis 8-1-34-1
    • NL McCullum 4-0-10-0
38.1

NL McCullum to Price, FOUR, Price finally connects with one of those reverse sweeps, outside off and he gets it away to the point boundary

38.2

NL McCullum to Price, no run, fired in on leg, hits him on the pad

38.3

NL McCullum to Price, FOUR, rubbish full toss outside off and Price again reverse-sweeps to the backward point fence on the bounce

38.4

NL McCullum to Price, no run, comes forward and defends solidly on off

38.5

NL McCullum to Price, 1 run, works this full ball on middle through square leg

38.6

NL McCullum to Meth, no run, Meth shows some adventurous intent and comes down the track but McCUllum spots him coming and shortens the length, Meth adjusts his movement and defends

End of over 39 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 155/8 (94 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 3.97, RRR: 8.54)

    • KO Meth 10 (25b 1x4)
    • RW Price 25 (28b 5x4)
    • NL McCullum 5-0-19-0
    • AM Ellis 8-1-34-1
39.1

Nicol to Price, 1 run, works it long-on off the back foot

39.2

Nicol to Meth, OUT, three wickets for Nicol, Meth went down on bent knee for the sweep on middle and off, missed and was struck dead in front, going on to hit middle and leg halfway up

KO Meth lbw b Nicol 10 (47m 26b 1x4 0x6) SR: 38.46

39.3

Nicol to Jarvis, no run, comes forward and defends

39.4

Nicol to Jarvis, no run, again comes forward and defends down the pitch, Baz has put a fielder in at silly point

39.5

Nicol to Jarvis, 1 run, draws him into a push outside off, gets an edge through the vacant slips area

39.6

Nicol to Price, no run, comes down and tries to swing to leg but misses and is struck on the thigh pad

End of over 40 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 157/9 (92 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 3.92, RRR: 9.20)

    • RW Price 26 (30b 5x4)
    • KM Jarvis 1 (3b)
    • RJ Nicol 4-0-19-3
    • NL McCullum 5-0-19-0
40.1

Southee to Jarvis, 1 run, unconvincingly pushes it through to third man

40.2

Southee to Price, no run, Price goes for a big swing outside off but fails to get the feet moving

40.3

Southee to Price, no run, almost a caught and bowled chance there, completely mistimed the drive and it ended up getting to Southee on the bounce

40.4

Southee to Price, no run, bangs in a bouncer on leg, Price gets underneath it, seemed a bit high but not called

40.5

Southee to Price, no run, too good there, rolls the fingers on it and that zips back in between bat and pad but also goes over the top of the stumps

40.6

Southee to Price, no run, backs away and slaps it into the covers but can't beat the inner ring

End of over 41 (1 run) Zimbabwe 158/9 (91 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 3.85, RRR: 10.11)

    • RW Price 26 (35b 5x4)
    • KM Jarvis 2 (4b)
    • TG Southee 8-0-27-0
    • RJ Nicol 4-0-19-3
41.1

Nicol to Jarvis, OUT, Jarvis comes down and has a massive heave-ho at Nicol, gets nowhere near it and tries to slide the foot back over the line but Baz is quick as a flash to knock the bails off, New Zealand wrap up a comprehensive 90-run win

KM Jarvis st †BB McCullum b Nicol 2 (7m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

Post-match presentation:

Brendan Taylor is reasonably happy with the bowling, felt there were a few too many boundary balls but overall was quite pleased with his attack. He praises Shingi Masakadza for his efforts today, says he offers the side a lot. Says the team need to go back to the drawing board regarding their batting.

Brendon McCullum: Thinks 248 was a decent score considering the relative lack of momentum throughout the innings. Happy with the fielders' catching and the bowling attack's efforts. Says he wants his side to be ruthless, regardless of what the playing XI looks like. Says Rob Nicol should be pleased with how he bowled at the end into the wind. Wishes there was a little less grass on the pitch, but acknowledges the part the weather played during the week.

Martin Guptill is Man of the Match: Happy with his score but wants to keep scoring runs consistently and wanted a hundred today. Hopes for good batting conditions up north in Whangarei for the 2nd ODI.

That wraps up our live coverage of today's game, hope you enjoyed it and thanks for all the mails. Andrew Fernando's final match report will be up soon. Until the 2nd ODI in Whangarei on Monday, this is Avi Singh signing off on behalf of Andrew, Dan Brettig and Siddarth Ravindran on the editorial desk, and Venkat Raghav in the scoring department. Enjoy your weekend, and see you in three days' time!!

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