24.6 superb bowling and Boult strikes. Sensational stuff. A full length on off, the ball shapes back in late, vert late. Enough to beat the inside edge of Mawoyo and hit both pads, front first, the back later. Plumb as it gets. Not much Mawoyo could do, he tried to get forward and cover the line but that was a jaffa 58/2
    16.5 taken this time. Wagner's persistence pays off. Guptill takes the catch at third slip. Lovely bowling. Good length on off, the ball moves away late again and Chibhabha pokes at that. To be fair, he had to play that. A thick outside edge is nicely taken by Guptill in front of his chest 45/1
    25.2 another one. NZ strike again. Southee strikes. Another superb delivery. Full length outside off, comes back prodigiously and strikes Raza in front of leg. Raza beaten by some late inward shape. Was that sliding down leg? No says umpire Reiffel. That will be stumps too. 58/3
    47.4 given! Tiripano is distraught. Maybe he ought to be. Looked like sliding down leg, but umpire Reiffel gives him. A flat delivery on leg, Tiripano plays back but the ball skids on with the arm and strikes him in front of leg, but with no turn on that, was it even clipping leg stump? Doubt it, Tiripano unlucky again. Two in two. 97/4
    55.3 ooh, given again by umpire Reiffel. Another shocking call. Take nothing away from the delivery, an absolutely superb length - full but not overpitched, not short enough for Ervine to go back. Ervine lunges forward, plays and misses. A big appeal and given! Maybe the bat clipped pad. But definitely no bat. And Zimbabwe lose two wickets to two bad calls in that session 112/5
    68.2 given. One more. How though? Flat delivery on leg, Masvaure gets forward and looks to defend. The ball beats the inside edge and hits Masvaure in front of leg. But was that sliding down leg? Yes, it was. But he has been given out caught. The ball lobbed up off the pad and taken by Taylor at slip. Another bad decision, the ball did not hit the inside edge. Zimbabwe unravelling quickly. Umpire Gough this time 132/9
    61.1 got him. Horrible shot from Williams. Guptill scything through Zimbabwe. Lots of flight outside off from Guptill, an overpitched half-volley. Williams drills his drive, which was fine, but failed to keep it down. A short cover - KW - takes the catch by his face. Stuck in his hands but can';t tempt fate by just smashing drives in the air with fielders in place. The plan has worked 130/6
    62.3 that looked out. A flat delivery on off, skids on with the arm and strikes Moor in front of off. Moor played for some spin, but there was none there. The ball went on with the arm and beat the inside edge. Umpire Gough raises the finger. Zimbabwe sink quickly 131/7
    67.5 tossed up outside off, Cremer comes forward and smashes one into his pad. Umpire Reiffel has another shocker. Guptill doesn't care, he celebrates in joy. Right in front but there was a lot of bat on that. Plenty of flight outside off from around the wicket and Cremer plays with bat close to pay. Only call was if there was pad first, certainly did not look like it 132/8
    not out
    68.4 no doubt about that one. Zimbabwe bowled out for 132. NZ win by 254 runs and wrap up the series 2-0. Another googly outside off, Chinouya gets forward and pops a catch to short cover. Hard hands, but he is No. 11 for a reason. Zimbabwe players shake hands with the New Zealand players, but can hold their heads high after a strong reply after the first Test 132/10
    3 (b 1, lb 2)
    132 all out (68.4 Overs, RR: 1.92, 274 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-45 (CJ Chibhabha, 16.5 ov), 2-58 (TMK Mawoyo, 24.6 ov), 3-58 (Sikandar Raza, 25.2 ov), 4-97 (DT Tiripano, 47.4 ov), 5-112 (CR Ervine, 55.3 ov), 6-130 (SC Williams, 61.1 ov), 7-131 (PJ Moor, 62.3 ov), 8-132 (AG Cremer, 67.5 ov), 9-132 (PS Masvaure, 68.2 ov), 10-132 (MT Chinouya, 68.4 ov)
    TG Southee14.073512.5000
    TA Boult12.042612.1600
    N Wagner12.052311.9100
    MJ Santner12.041511.2500
    IS Sodhi11.451931.6200
    MJ Guptill7.041131.5700

Close of Play

  • Sat, 6 Aug - day 1 - New Zealand 1st innings 329/2 (KS Williamson 95*, 89.5 ov)
  • Sun, 7 Aug - day 2 - Zimbabwe 1st innings 55/0 (TMK Mawoyo 20*, CJ Chibhabha 31*, 30 ov)
  • Mon, 8 Aug - day 3 - Zimbabwe 1st innings 305/6 (CR Ervine 115*, AG Cremer 2*, 120 ov)
  • Tue, 9 Aug - day 4 - Zimbabwe 2nd innings 58/3 (DT Tiripano 0*, 25.2 ov)
  • Wed, 10 Aug - day 5 - Zimbabwe 2nd innings 132 (68.4 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Unstoppable Taylor


Ross Taylor's Test average versus Zimbabwe. His scores against them are: 76, 76, 122*, 173*, 124*.

Complete set of 100s


Batsmen who have scored Test hundreds against each of the nine oppositions. Williamson is the latest to join this group

Quick Williamson


Innings in which Williamson completed the set of hundreds v all opposition, the quickest so far. He is also the youngest to complete the set