Zimbabwe tour of New Zealand, 2nd T20I: New Zealand v Zimbabwe at Hamilton, Feb 14, 2012
New Zealand won by 5 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
14 February 2012 - night match (20-over match)

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the final match of Zimbabwe's tour of New Zealand, the 2nd Twenty20 International from Seddon Park in Hamilton.

The South Africans have already arrived in New Zealand on the weekend and have begun training at the Basin Reserve in Wellington ahead of their warm-up Twenty20 against Canterbury tomorrow at Hagley Oval in Christchurch to raise funds for the Christchurch earthquake appeal. Safe to say that the New Zealand cricket media's attention (as well as that of the fans) has turned to that match before this tour is even over. Can Zimbabwe spring a shock tonight and remind the locals that they are still here?

The toss has been won by Zimbabwe who have chosen to bat first. Forster Mutizwa is left out after his horror night in Auckland and Stuart Matsikenyeri comes in for him.

For New Zealand, Martin Guptill (who has a minor leg niggle) and Doug Bracewell sit out. Andrew Ellis is in for his T20I debut and Tim Southee comes back into the side as well. Suggestions that James Franklin will open the batting in Guptill's place tonight.

While the build-up continues, do check out the preview by Kanishkaa Balachandran.

Avi Singh with you on commentary tonight, Venkat Raghav manning the scoring and Andrew Fernando will be providing match reports throughout. The Twitterers among you can follow me @MannerOfSpeakin, and Raghav @raghavitis.

Also worth having a peek at is a guest column by Andrew Alderson from the Herald on Sunday on six lessons New Zealand can take from this series.

Hamilton Masakadza, fresh off a half-century in Auckland, and Stuart Matsikenyeri stride out to the middle. First ball to be bowled by Kyle Mills


Mills to H Masakadza, no run, lets the opening ball go outside off


Mills to H Masakadza, 2 runs, moves across his stumps and flicks nicely through midwicket past the inner ring


Mills to H Masakadza, FOUR, comes down the track and blazes a cut away over the point fielder and past the deep third man to the fence


Mills to H Masakadza, no run, punches off the back foot into the covers


Mills to H Masakadza, 1 run, tries to advance again but almost yorks himself, manages to adjust to the slower ball and dig it out past the bowler


Mills to Matsikenyeri, no run, defends a ball outside off but can't get the placement right

End of over 1 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 7/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • S Matsikenyeri 0 (1b)
    • H Masakadza 7 (5b 1x4)
    • KD Mills 1-0-7-0

Michael Bates from the other end


Bates to H Masakadza, no run, angling across the right-hander who lets it pass him by


Bates to H Masakadza, no run, comes down and slapped back past the bowler but it cannons into the stumps with the non-striker well out of the crease, luckily for him Bates couldn't get a hand to it


Bates to H Masakadza, 1 run, stays back and pushes to the left of the mid-off fielder


Bates to Matsikenyeri, no run, accurate good length ball on middle and off which gives the batsman little option but to defend down the pitch


Bates to Matsikenyeri, 1 wide, fires this too wide of off past the flailing cut


Bates to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, tucks this off the pads through square leg


Bates to H Masakadza, no run, comes down and tries to swing into the leg side, misses completely and it seams past leg stump

End of over 2 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 10/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • H Masakadza 8 (9b 1x4)
    • S Matsikenyeri 1 (3b)
    • MD Bates 1-0-3-0
    • KD Mills 1-0-7-0

Mills to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, comes down and defends into the point region and quickly sets off


Mills to H Masakadza, no run, tries to heave a short ball away into the leg side but misses and it hits him on the body


Mills to H Masakadza, FOUR, full on middle and leg and he flicks with some power past the diving Hira at mid-on


Mills to H Masakadza, SIX, very poor delivery, friendly half-volley on leg and Hamilton picks it up and sends it sailing over square leg onto the roof of the makeshift bar at the ground

Someone had climbed up on the roof to get the ball back, only to end up handing back a ball which had been hit there during team warm-ups! Has to make a second journey


Mills to H Masakadza, 3 runs, came down and sliced a heave just over a leaping point fielder, the man in the deep flicks it past his helper and they get the opportunity to sneak another run


Mills to Matsikenyeri, no run

End of over 3 (14 runs) Zimbabwe 24/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • S Matsikenyeri 2 (5b)
    • H Masakadza 21 (13b 2x4 1x6)
    • KD Mills 2-0-21-0
    • MD Bates 1-0-3-0

Bates to H Masakadza, 1 run, shuffles across and works it away from mid-on who has to run round


Bates to Matsikenyeri, SIX, interesting stroke to a short ball angling across, Matsikenyeri slams it back over Bates' head into the sightscreen on the full


Bates to Matsikenyeri, SIX, short ball down leg, moves across and pulls over the fine leg boundary, the tourists off to a rollicking start


Bates to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, played into the deep at cow corner, is sent back after wanting the second


Bates to H Masakadza, 1 run, slower ball at 121kph is tucked off the pads to fine leg on the edge of the circle


Bates to Matsikenyeri, 1 run

End of over 4 (16 runs) Zimbabwe 40/0 (RR: 10.00)

    • S Matsikenyeri 16 (9b 2x6)
    • H Masakadza 23 (15b 2x4 1x6)
    • MD Bates 2-0-19-0
    • KD Mills 2-0-21-0

Southee into the attack


Southee to Matsikenyeri, FOUR, and is promptly dispatched to the long-on boundary, full on the stumps and flicked past mid-on who gave up the chase quickly


Southee to Matsikenyeri, no run, defends into the off side


Southee to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, cramped for room and squeezes it into the leg side


Southee to H Masakadza, FOUR, beautifully timed, too full on the stumps again and he gets the feet out of the way to drive cleanly through the line along the ground back past the bowler


Southee to H Masakadza, 1 run, smacks a full ball back down the pitch, Southee gets a hand to it and deflects it to mid-on as they bring up Zimbabwe's first 50 opening stand of the tour


Southee to Matsikenyeri, no run, can't get enough wrist behind the whip to leg and finds mid-on

Matthew Knox: "Ronnie Hira. Now." Your wish hasn't been answered, Nathan McCullum it is

End of over 5 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 50/0 (RR: 10.00)

    • S Matsikenyeri 21 (13b 1x4 2x6)
    • H Masakadza 28 (17b 3x4 1x6)
    • TG Southee 1-0-10-0
    • MD Bates 2-0-19-0

NL McCullum to H Masakadza, 1 run, short on middle and mistimes the heave on the bounce to long-on


NL McCullum to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, full toss and is fortunate to only concede the single as the slog finds long-on on the bounce


NL McCullum to H Masakadza, SIX, gets down on one knee and slog-sweeps beautifully with both elevation and distance over the cow corner boundary


NL McCullum to H Masakadza, no run, works this straight to mid-on and the non-striker has to scramble back


NL McCullum to H Masakadza, SIX, Zimbabwe dominating the hosts now, haven't said that too many times on this tour, another full toss and Hamilton takes full toll and smashes it well back over the midwicket boundary


NL McCullum to H Masakadza, 1 run, punched firmly to mid-off where Franklin fumbles and gives away the single

End of over 6 (15 runs) Zimbabwe 65/0 (RR: 10.83)

    • H Masakadza 42 (22b 3x4 3x6)
    • S Matsikenyeri 22 (14b 1x4 2x6)
    • NL McCullum 1-0-15-0
    • TG Southee 1-0-10-0

Hira to H Masakadza, 1 run, worked into the leg side


Hira to Matsikenyeri, FOUR, gets underneath a full ball and doesn't completely get hold of it but gets it wide of long-on on the bounce


Hira to Matsikenyeri, SIX, straight back over the bowler's head, he made to swipe through the leg side and ended up lofting with a horizontal bat over the rope


Hira to Matsikenyeri, no run


Hira to Matsikenyeri, no run, fired in on middle and leg, cramped for room and defends back


Hira to Matsikenyeri, OUT, New Zealand finally break through after a brilliant start by Zimbabwe, Stuart couldn't get enough on this smash down the ground and picked out long-off but he has more than played his part

S Matsikenyeri c Southee b Hira 32 (28m 19b 2x4 3x6) SR: 168.42

End of over 7 (11 runs) Zimbabwe 76/1 (RR: 10.85)

    • H Masakadza 43 (23b 3x4 3x6)
    • RM Hira 1-0-11-1
    • NL McCullum 1-0-15-0

Andy Ellis comes on


Ellis to Taylor, 1 run, defends with an open face behind point and after much stuttering, they make it through


Ellis to H Masakadza, no run, defends down the pitch solidly


Ellis to H Masakadza, 2 runs, squeezes a full ball outside off through the covers into the deep


Ellis to H Masakadza, SIX, brings up his second consecutive half-century with an emphatic pull to a gentle short ball on the stumps, sends it packing over midwicket


Ellis to H Masakadza, 1 run, hits into the covers where Nathan McCullum dives well to save a boundary


Ellis to Taylor, no run, stays in the crease and defends solidly

End of over 8 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 86/1 (RR: 10.75)

    • BRM Taylor 1 (2b)
    • H Masakadza 52 (27b 3x4 4x6)
    • AM Ellis 1-0-10-0
    • RM Hira 1-0-11-1

Southee to H Masakadza, no run, very full ball swinging into Hamilton, he falls over and there is a loud appeal for lbw, umpire isn't sure if it is bat or pad first, looks like pad on the replays


Southee to H Masakadza, 1 run


Southee to Taylor, no run, tries to work the single but gets tangled up and can only defend back down the pitch


Southee to Taylor, 1 run, defends nicely into the off side and they set off quickly


Southee to H Masakadza, 1 bye, banged in short and Masakadza tries to upper-cut over the slips but can't connect, Baz can't take it cleanly and they sneak a bye


Southee to Taylor, 1 run

Jimmy: "Was unhappy when Zim chose to bat - but its great to see them finally putting some pressure on and scoring some runs. And I'm a kiwi! Keep it going - hope it turns into a high scoring match."

End of over 9 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 90/1 (RR: 10.00)

    • BRM Taylor 3 (5b)
    • H Masakadza 53 (30b 3x4 4x6)
    • TG Southee 2-0-13-0
    • AM Ellis 1-0-10-0

Hira to Taylor, FOUR, comes down the track and lofts over the bowler's head, that shot was all about precise timing rather than power


Hira to Taylor, 1 run, worked into the leg side


Hira to H Masakadza, 1 run, comes down and converts it into a full toss, flicked to long-on


Hira to Taylor, 1 run, again comes down and gives a bit of room this time to chip over cover to the left of long-off


Hira to H Masakadza, no run, can't get the drive past the bowler who rushes across to stop it


Hira to H Masakadza, 1 run, pushes this down to long-off to end an excellent opening 10 overs from Zimbabwe who should be looking for 200 here

End of over 10 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 98/1 (RR: 9.80)

    • H Masakadza 55 (33b 3x4 4x6)
    • BRM Taylor 9 (8b 1x4)
    • RM Hira 2-0-19-1
    • TG Southee 2-0-13-0

Williamson to H Masakadza, 1 run, gets forward and waits before defending into the off side with soft hands


Williamson to Taylor, 2 runs, goes back and works to long-on to bring up the 100, they steal another run as the return throw hits the stumps and heads off in a direction of its own making


Williamson to Taylor, 1 run


Williamson to H Masakadza, 1 run, goes back and cuts through the covers


Williamson to Taylor, 1 run, comes down the track and heaves a ball outside off across the line without timing or grace down to long-on


Williamson to H Masakadza, no run, fired in and drives straight back to Kane who ends a decent over

End of over 11 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 104/1 (RR: 9.45)

    • H Masakadza 57 (36b 3x4 4x6)
    • BRM Taylor 13 (11b 1x4)
    • KS Williamson 1-0-6-0
    • RM Hira 2-0-19-1

Hira to Taylor, no run, comes down and nicely drives inside out but picks out cover


Hira to Taylor, SIX, terrible full toss and Taylor needs no invitation to heave with all his might over long-on


Hira to Taylor, FOUR, quality stroke, dances down and lofts inside out one bounce to the extra cover fence


Hira to Taylor, no run, squeezes a full ball on off with an open face to point


Hira to Taylor, 1 run, comes down and places the push between cover and point


Hira to H Masakadza, 1 run, gets forward and defends softly to cover who is deep on the edge of the circle

End of over 12 (12 runs) Zimbabwe 116/1 (RR: 9.66)

    • H Masakadza 58 (37b 3x4 4x6)
    • BRM Taylor 24 (16b 2x4 1x6)
    • RM Hira 3-0-31-1
    • KS Williamson 1-0-6-0

Nicol to H Masakadza, 2 runs, short outside off and cuts away into the deep where Hira, who is an excellent fielder, manages to cut it off with a good dive


Nicol to H Masakadza, 1 run, goes back and punches to long-off


Nicol to Taylor, 1 run, on the pads and he works it through square leg


Nicol to H Masakadza, no run, can't get the drive past the diving fielder at short cover


Nicol to H Masakadza, 1 run, Nathan misfields as he tries to pick up and throw down the stumps from a work into the leg side


Nicol to Taylor, no run

End of over 13 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 121/1 (RR: 9.30)

    • BRM Taylor 25 (18b 2x4 1x6)
    • H Masakadza 62 (41b 3x4 4x6)
    • RJ Nicol 1-0-5-0
    • RM Hira 3-0-31-1

Bates is back


Bates to H Masakadza, OUT, and gets the important wicket of Hamilton with his first ball of the new spell, a slower ball which Hamilton mistimed down to long-on as the bat rolled in his hands, end of an excellent knock which has set his team on the way to a possible upset

H Masakadza c de Grandhomme b Bates 62 (52m 42b 3x4 4x6) SR: 147.61


Bates to Taylor, 1 run, guides to third man and Elton's stretch may not have got him home if the throw had hit


Bates to Chigumbura, 1 run, outside off and he plays to deep third man


Bates to Taylor, 1 run, slower ball outside off, mistimes the drive and gets a thick edge through backward point along the ground


Bates to Chigumbura, FOUR, oh dear, they had a slip in and he edges the heave past Kane at slip, he was late to go and possibly a bit wide as well, heads to the third man boundary


Bates to Chigumbura, FOUR, backs away and slaps a short ball over point to the boundary

End of over 14 (11 runs) Zimbabwe 132/2 (RR: 9.42)

    • E Chigumbura 9 (3b 2x4)
    • BRM Taylor 27 (20b 2x4 1x6)
    • MD Bates 3-0-30-1
    • RJ Nicol 1-0-5-0

Williamson to Taylor, no run, gets forward and works to leg


Williamson to Taylor, 1 run, sweeps from outside off to deep square leg

Kane around the wicket to Elton


Williamson to Chigumbura, 1 run, tucked off the back foot behind square

Back over the wicket to Brendan


Williamson to Taylor, 2 runs, stays deep in the crease and nicely dabs a full ball outside off through third man


Williamson to Taylor, 2 runs, top-edges the sweep outside off into the back of his helmet, pops into the vacant third man region


Williamson to Taylor, FOUR, gets on the front foot and waits before square driving through backward point and it beats Hira's valiant dive on the rope

Wilfred Hickenshire: "If NZ lose this match, all their good work will be undone in an instant. Zimbabwe know it is so important for the Kiwis to carry the momentum into the SA series, and they seem to be capitalising on the pressure. Credit to them."

End of over 15 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 142/2 (RR: 9.46)

    • BRM Taylor 36 (25b 3x4 1x6)
    • E Chigumbura 10 (4b 2x4)
    • KS Williamson 2-0-16-0
    • MD Bates 3-0-30-1

Southee returns


Southee to Chigumbura, 1 run, Southee starts with an accurate full ball which is squeezed into the leg side


Southee to Taylor, no run, another excellent ball in the blockhole on off and Taylor jams down on it quickly

Shuvam: "Whatever on earth were Zimbabwe doing all tour?" Playing without confidence in their abilities. They are showing what they are capable of now that there is nothing to lose


Southee to Taylor, 1 run, driven to long-off


Southee to Chigumbura, 1 run, full toss on leg and flicked away to deep square leg


Southee to Taylor, 2 runs, full toss on middle and he swings it away nicely out to deep midwicket where Hira is again diving to deny Zimbabwe a boundary


Southee to Taylor, SIX, poorly directed and it's a full toss to boot, on leg and Taylor helps it on its way over backward square

For the first time on tour, it is New Zealand, and not Zimbabwe, who are looking clueless

End of over 16 (11 runs) Zimbabwe 153/2 (RR: 9.56)

    • BRM Taylor 45 (29b 3x4 2x6)
    • E Chigumbura 12 (6b 2x4)
    • TG Southee 3-0-24-0
    • KS Williamson 2-0-16-0

Mills is back


Mills to Chigumbura, no run, nice and full outside off and beats Elton who drove loosely without moving the feet


Mills to Chigumbura, FOUR, again full outside off and Elton repeats the stroke, this time he gets an inside edge past the stumps and French cuts through fine leg


Mills to Chigumbura, FOUR, driven with excellent timing through the covers to give the fielder in the deep no chance, a poor full toss outside off


Mills to Chigumbura, 1 run, slower ball outside off which is tapped into the covers


Mills to Taylor, 1 run, another slower ball and Taylor is content to milk it into the covers


Mills to Chigumbura, FOUR, third slower ball in a row and Elton could see it coming, it is on middle and he waits before rolling the wrists on the pull behind backward square

Pankaj Mohan Dixit: "Hamilton becomes an 'Awk'land for NZ."

End of over 17 (14 runs) Zimbabwe 167/2 (RR: 9.82)

    • E Chigumbura 25 (11b 5x4)
    • BRM Taylor 46 (30b 3x4 2x6)
    • KD Mills 3-0-35-0
    • TG Southee 3-0-24-0

Bates to Taylor, SIX, terrible full toss outside off and Taylor doesn't time it to perfection but he doesn't need to as it sails over midwicket to bring up his 50


Bates to Taylor, FOUR, another wide full toss outside off and Taylor slaps it away with impunity to the cover fence


Bates to Taylor, 1 run, gets this to land on the pitch, full on leg and wristily worked to long-on


Bates to Chigumbura, 1 run, poor ball down leg and flicked to the left of fine leg where Mills dives and gets down well to stop it from rolling to the boundary


Bates to Taylor, 2 runs, full toss on middle is heaved towards cow corner, Hira misfields and they come back for a couple, the throw might have had Elton in trouble had Bates collected cleanly


Bates to Taylor, 3 runs, plays through the third man region where Ellis chasing dives to drag it off the rope

End of over 18 (17 runs) Zimbabwe 184/2 (RR: 10.22)

    • BRM Taylor 62 (35b 4x4 3x6)
    • E Chigumbura 26 (12b 5x4)
    • MD Bates 4-0-47-1
    • KD Mills 3-0-35-0

Southee to bowl out


Southee to Taylor, 1 run, full outside off and he squeezes it to deep cover


Southee to Chigumbura, 1 run, full on off, backs away and slaps to cover on the edge of the circle


Southee to Taylor, FOUR, full toss on leg and he tries to work it through the on side but it hits the back of the bat and rushes off through third man, the luck going Zimbabwe's way tonight


Southee to Taylor, no run, excellent yorker fired into middle and leg and Taylor gets his feet out of harm's way before squeezing it out


Southee to Taylor, FOUR, top innovation from Taylor, fired into leg and he backs away and gives room to loft over the covers, the ball was outside leg


Southee to Taylor, 1 run, swings with one hand down to long-on

Brett: "Taylor again playing a gem, he hasn't failed too much on this tour. may it go on for many tours to come."

End of over 19 (11 runs) Zimbabwe 195/2 (RR: 10.26)

    • BRM Taylor 72 (40b 6x4 3x6)
    • E Chigumbura 27 (13b 5x4)
    • TG Southee 4-0-35-0
    • MD Bates 4-0-47-1

Mills to bowl the final over, how many more can Zimbabwe get?


Mills to Taylor, 1 run, plays a full ball down to long-on


Mills to Chigumbura, no run, full outside off and beats the attempted slash


Mills to Chigumbura, 1 run, full outside off and he runs with the drive to cover


Mills to Taylor, 1 run, full toss outside off and he reaches to drag it into the deep, top over from Mills so far


Mills to Chigumbura, 1 run, dropped at long-off by Franklin, full toss on off, Elton came down and smacked it flat straight into the hands of the fielder and he couldn't take the simple catch


Mills to Taylor, 1 run, full outside off and they can only squeeze a single into the deep, excellent over by Mills at the death but he couldn't prevent Zimbabwe from bringing up their 200

Stat-man Mohandas Menon on Twitter: "Only 2 teams have won chasing a target of 200 or more in 20Is. India 211/4 v SL Mohali 2009 and SA 208-2 v WI Joburg 2007. Can NZ do it today?"

Zimbabwe have made their highest total in Twenty20 Internationals tonight thanks to displays of clean hitting from their top order. Hamilton Masakadza and the skipper Taylor batted serenely to reach half-centuries while Elton Chigumbura and Stuart Matsikenyeri did their bit with quickfire knocks. New Zealand's bowling struggled to hit a decent length, and they are left with a stiff chase. Zimbabwe can sniff a victory as New Zealand face the pressure of potential defeat for the first time on the tour. Who will hold their nerve? Join us shortly to find out.

Rogan Templer: "After the horror shows over this last month its really pleasing to see the guys show they are capable of playing cricket, hope the bowling and fielding is as clinical."

Harry: "200/2 (20.0/20 ov) -- what a lovely scorecard it reads..way to go and this is called 20-20 match."

End of over 20 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 200/2

    • BRM Taylor 75 (43b 6x4 3x6)
    • E Chigumbura 29 (16b 5x4)
    • KD Mills 4-0-40-0
    • TG Southee 4-0-35-0





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