New Zealand v Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI, Whangarei February 6, 2012

'We were ten out of ten' - Oram

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jacob Oram, the New Zealand allrounder, has given his team a "ten out of ten" rating for their 141-run victory against Zimbabwe in the second ODI at Cobham Oval, Whangarei. The result followed a 90-run win in the first match in Dunedin and gave New Zealand the series 2-0 with one game to play.

"Dunedin, we were maybe six out of ten. Today we were ten out of ten … the beauty of today is that we didn't scrape through with a patchy, scratchy performance like we had in Dunedin," Oram said. "Today was really professional. We just have to nail them [Zimbabwe] again because next week it's the big fish from South Africa."

Oram played an important role in his team's commanding performance, scoring 59 off 28 balls to build a platform from which New Zealand reached 372 for 6. He launched his attack on Zimbabwe from No. 3, a position he hasn't batted at for nearly a decade. Oram said the decision to go up the order was a tactical one.

"It was to take advantage of the wind blowing across to the short boundary and to take the Powerplay straight away," Oram said. "It was not exactly six and out but it was to have some fun and see how we go. I haven't scored the amount of runs that I would like to. I understand the reasons for that. Today was really nice, you only hit a few out of the middle and you remember the feeling again."

New Zealand took the batting Powerplay in the 25th over, two balls after Oram came to the middle, and scored 44 for 0 in the five-over block. It boosted the home team from 132 for 1 to 176 for 1 by the 29th over.

"The start that we had was so good, it gave us an opportunity where we could put them [Zimbabwe] away tactically as well," Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain, said when asked about Oram's promotion and the timing of the batting Powerplay. "It gave Jacob an opportunity to get into the game with the bat, which he hasn't been able to do for a while.

"All the stars kind of aligned and, with the short boundary on the left-hander's side and the wind going way, it felt like the right option. And with being able to take the Powerplay at that time again, we felt like we might be able to get their seamers back early. If not, we felt Jacob would be able to tear into their spinners."

Oram aside, New Zealand's innings was anchored and powered by Rob Nicol, who scored 146 off 134 balls before falling in the 49th over. It was his second hundred in five ODIs and McCullum called it "sublime".

"To have been able to play the role that he [Nicol] did, with the way Martin was going at the start, and to be able to get Martin on strike and read the situation as well he did. Once Martin left, he worked well with Jacob and then kicked on from there. It was a brilliant innings. It was Rob's second hundred in not many games and it's shown his ability to step up from domestic cricket. He has a real presence on the international stage so very excited for him.

"We asked a lot of the team after Dunedin. We won ugly down there. But to come up today, start as well as we did. We were brilliant with the ball too under some interesting circumstances."

Zimbabwe were reduced to 17 for 3 in their chase and, after their captain Brendan Taylor fell, they appeared to focus on batting through the 50 overs instead of trying to win. They finished on 231 for 8.

"It's tough from Zimbabwe's point of view. They are obviously low on confidence and looking to spend some time in the middle," McCullum said. "Once they lost Brendan Taylor, I felt they were pretty set on trying to bat the 50 overs and I guess they achieved that, but it was pretty hard to take 10 wickets on that wicket with that sort of mentality. I wouldn't begrudge our bowlers for their efforts in trying to knock over our opposition."

The second ODI was the first international match played at the Cobham Oval in Whangarei, and Oram said the pitch was "outstanding".

"Right up there with some of the best I have played on in New Zealand. It actually looked like a Napier wicket and it played like a Napier wicket. It had bounce and pace. You could just hook through the line. You enjoyed bowling on it, because it gave you a little bit of bounce. If you bent your back, there was something to be had."

New Zealand have already won the series and have a chance to complete a 3-0 sweep in Napier on February 9.

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  • Vinay on February 7, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    great performance they didnt just beat zimbabwe, they destroyed them!!!

  • Girik on February 7, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    I agree it is a little rich of Indian fans saying NZ could only beat Zimbabwe and not a better team. The Kiwis are on a roll they beat Australia in Hobart not too long ago. In hindsight, India should have only played 2 tests and New Zealand play four tests. That aside, Zimbabwe is still a team on the rise. They are a team with talent and passion but lack the experience and infrastructure. Making someone like Andy Flower coach of their team say after his stint in England would do wonders for the team. Now a India vs Zimbabwe Test Series on bouncy pitches would be very interesting indeed. I think the batting will be a battle between Taylor and Kohli. Nobody else will make 50+ apart from Taibu, Gambhir and Tendulkar occassionally.

  • Cam on February 6, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    sathishvaiju India cant buy a win overseas. Arrogant team thats for sure.

  • Jacob on February 6, 2012, 20:52 GMT


    Of course, South Africa are a completely different task, in the tests because of Amla, DeVilliers, Steyn, Morkel, and Phillander, and in the ODIs because they'll want revenge for the World Cup quarter final.

    However, as quick as it may have been it was fantastic to see some of the old Oram. He's a player we seem to forget about very quickly, to write-off as injury prone and over-hyped. While he may not have much time left in him, a few moments like this remind one of what a player he has been. For a while he was one of our best test players (100 vs Aus anyone?), and he played a big roll NZ's lower middle order, and middle over bowling.

    A few more moments for the montage when you hang up your big (literally and figuratively) boots for the last time.

  • Kiran Kumar on February 6, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    @Winchester666 - I agree with you. Zimbabwe is a very spirited opponent. They take a lot of pride in playing cricket, unlike India team who are not ashamed of their poor performances and are always in Denial. Sathishvaiju's comment is laughable especially on the back of the current performance of India team. I am 100% in believing that current Indian team is a laughing stock.

  • Garry on February 6, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    "Ha Ha - Oram bhai opponent is Zimbabwe. keep it in mind it is not AUS or SA or IND"

    Is this like that game, "which one of these things is not like the other"? I would of said this it's is not AUS, SA or England, India? Seriously?

  • ras on February 6, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    From a south african fan. If south africa really wants to win the world cup then every player in the team has to be committed towards achieving this goal. As a nation. We all are great fan of yours and it hurts to see you guys fluondering at big occasion. I am hundred percent sure you guys are capable of winning the world cup only thing lacking, is self belief. I know this self belief is not going to come so fast, this will come when we start beating sides comprehensively. So lets start building.

  • dean on February 6, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Ha Ha India! great overseas record they got going recently. Also check out their away record vs. NZ over the last decade with consistant losses to NZ over all formats- Nothing to fear from India away from home sathisvaiju check your facts...and please do not insult the impressive SA and ominous AUS teams by including the recent Indian team with them.

    I would love to see the Indians tour NZ at the moment as we would appreciate the ranking points and funding dollars (would be great to have the chance to see Sachin get his 100th live too!).

    Well played NZ this is a good lead up to the much tougher opponents coming our way this summer...there is hope!!

  • hayden on February 6, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    @sathishvaiju - You do realise Zimbabwe have beaten India twice in the 11 tests they have played against each other aye.

  • Richard on February 6, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    No actually I must say HA HA to sathish- how can you consider India as a major power after recent efforts? As I sit and watch pakistan take out england the no.1 ranked test nation 3 nil and you think India would be in the upper bracket? Oh yes by the way I am a very patriotic KIWI living in Australia and I will happily watch NZ compete closer with South Africa .... well as long as they fight harder than India did in Australia. Sorry to say I think Zimbabwe should insist on a tussle with India very soon

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