First One-day International


At Bulawayo, October 31. New Zealand won by 22 runs. Toss: Zimbabwe. International debuts: M. H. Dekker, S. G. Peall; S. B. Doull, D. J. Nash.

New Zealand eventually cantered home in a dreary encounter at the Bulawayo Athletic Club. Asked to bat on a slow, turning pitch, they made heavy going of it. Jones's 68 was his 25th fifty in 64 limited-overs internationals. He was supported by Latham and Crowe, who made 40 in his first match of the tour. A target of 245 from 50 overs was not over-demanding, though Zimbabwe slipped to 34 for three before spluttering into life. Dekker scored 79 on his international debut and it was only after his dismissal that the New Zealanders- who were struggling in the field because of the altitude - could be sure of victory.

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