Zimbabwe v New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Bulawayo October 25, 2011

Waller takes Zimbabwe to record win

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Zimbabwe 329 for 9 (Waller 99*, Taylor 75) beat New Zealand 328 for 5 (Taylor 119, Williamson 100*) by one wicket
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Zimbabwe's two big-hitting all-rounders, Elton Chigumbura and Malcolm Waller, finally came good, with a 112-run sixth-wicket partnership to end a 12-match losing streak across formats. On a flat pitch in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's batsmen, Waller in particular, showed immense character to chase a total of more than 300 for the first time in Zimbabwe's history, and stave off a clean sweep in the series.

Captain Brendan Taylor set them on the right track with an aggressive 75 off 65 balls before Tatenda Taibu's feisty fifty kept the momentum going. Waller and Chigumbura came together at the start of the 31st over, with 146 runs required to win and crafted a match-winning partnership. They batted themselves in, took on the spinners - Nathan McCullum and Rob Nicol - capitalised on anything on a length or too full and left New Zealand's bowlers wondering how many more runs they needed to work with.

The chase was punctuated with twists, and after Chigumbura and Waller brought the target down to less than a run a ball, Chigumbura was bowled by Jacob Oram, swinging down the wrong line. He left Waller to marshal the lower order, a task he completed with distinction.

After the early loss of Vusi Sibanda, Brendan Taylor was again the flagbearer for Zimbabwe's cause and showed the right intent from the start. He spent the first ten overs striking at more than a run a ball, allowing Hamilton Masakadza time to play himself in.

Taylor was particularly ruthless against the offspin of Nathan McCullum, against whom he scored 40 runs off 24 balls. Nathan McCullum had the last laugh though when he timed a jump to perfection at mid-off, after Taylor looked to go aerial, and held the catch to dismiss Taylor.

The McCullum brothers took four catches in the outfield to puncture Zimbabwe's effort but Tatenda Taibu kept them in the hunt. He scored a busy half-century, in which he took on Luke Woodcock's left-arm spin with regularity, but Zimbabwe's real test came when Taibu was caught by Brendon McCullum at the end of the 30th over.

For 11 deliveries, the pair of assessed the bowling and conditions and then Waller began the boundary-scoring with a chip shot over extra cover and Chigumbura soon followed suit with a stunning six over mid-on. The beauty of their partnership was that it was not all brutal hitting; they also played some delicate strokes for ones and twos, with Waller even rolling out the perfect cover drive for four.

The pair enjoyed their fair share of luck. Ross Taylor dropped Waller at slip off McKay's bowling and Waller survived a run-out chance too. Instead of allowing that to put them under the cosh, Zimbabwe transferred the pressure to New Zealand, and Chigumbura and Waller took the team to the brink. Chigumbura did not last until the end though as he was bowled with 34 runs left to win.

When Meth was bowled three balls later, charging at Woodcock needlessly, the advantage had shifted back to New Zealand. Waller kept his cool and was assisted by a six from Natsai M'shangwe to bring the target within reach again.

M'shangwe departed and left Ray Price to finish things off. Waller smacked Graeme Alridge for two fours in the next over to ensure Zimbabwe needed 10 runs off the last 12 balls. The penultimate over saw Zimbabwe collect six runs in ones and twos, with Waller keeping strike. He was dropped twice at the start of the final over, both times by Taylor at short midwicket before Price was dismissed after getting a top edge to a short ball.

Waller made sure he crossed, kept strike and ended the drama with a calmly taken single on the off-side. He finished on 99 not out.

Zimbabwe's batting effort negated Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson's 195-run fifth-wicket stand, which came at close to nine runs to the over. The pair pulverised Zimbabwe's bowlers, particularly at the death, when they scored 69 runs off the last five overs.

That was after Zimbabwe had pushed New Zealand onto the ropes by reducing them to 41 for 3. After BJ Watling was run out for a duck off the second ball of the match debutant Njabula Ncube claimed two wickets, first when Vusi Sibanda took a blinder of a catch over his shoulder at point to dismiss Nicol and then when he had Brendon McCullum caught behind off a thing edge. Ncube was promising with his persistent back-of-a-length approach and bowling at the death, but occasionally banged it in too short. Meth was less successful and offered a few too many half-volleys early on.

Zimbabwe loosened their grip to allow Taylor and Jesse Ryder to rebuild. Ryder played with remarkable finesse and did well to work with Taylor through the middle period. He gave it away when he popped a leading edge back to Waller to fall three runs after reaching a gritty half-century.

Taylor had to consolidate with Williamson and, even when boundaries were rare, rotated strike well to avoid being tied down by Zimbabwe. The pair did not have to be patient for too long and were reprieved by all Zimbabwe's bowlers. When Meth offered the right length, the batsmen got under it; when Price bowled a full toss, they dispatched it; and even M'shangwe was punished when he erred. M'shangwe dropped Williamson when he was on 65, off his own bowling, an act that opened the floodgates at the end, allowing a deluge of runs during which both Taylor and Williamson brought up centuries.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on October 27, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    new Zealand's whole bowling lineup wasn't playing that game.. if they did zim would have got like 150 still a fail team:/ at least 5 years before you can win against against a proper full team.. and thats been generous!

  • Maan109 on October 27, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    It was a great game of cricket.

  • on October 26, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Congrats,great victory for Zimbabwean team. go ahead....cheers...

  • on October 26, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    At last, we have grabbed victory in the jaws of defeat. So should we always bat second and make sure the opposition get 300+

  • AlanHarrison on October 26, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    Innuendos to the contrary, Zimbabwe have now done well against three different opponents since their return to test cricket. What has been impressive is their attitude as much as their results.

  • on October 26, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    it is great victory for Zimbabwe cricket. go ahead.............

  • on October 26, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    And to think i had followed the game from the start only to miss the end!! Well done Zim, i wish it had come sooner but carry the momentum on to the next game and great to see TEAM contributions. Keep improving.

  • on October 26, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    weak bowling attack from nz mckay aldridge mccullum woodcock, capitalised on by zims.

  • on October 26, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Zimbabwe's batting is more than excellent, But, Not backed up by Bowling, Well, Congrats From Sri Lanka

  • on October 26, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    Congartes from India.Zimbabwe have two very good players Brandon Taylor and Malcolm Waller, If they gets 2 to 3 more player like this they can crush any team.Zim should focus on bowling department, don't have pacers in the team like Heath streak.Taylor and waller should try for IPL, they will get better.

  • on October 27, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    new Zealand's whole bowling lineup wasn't playing that game.. if they did zim would have got like 150 still a fail team:/ at least 5 years before you can win against against a proper full team.. and thats been generous!

  • Maan109 on October 27, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    It was a great game of cricket.

  • on October 26, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Congrats,great victory for Zimbabwean team. go ahead....cheers...

  • on October 26, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    At last, we have grabbed victory in the jaws of defeat. So should we always bat second and make sure the opposition get 300+

  • AlanHarrison on October 26, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    Innuendos to the contrary, Zimbabwe have now done well against three different opponents since their return to test cricket. What has been impressive is their attitude as much as their results.

  • on October 26, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    it is great victory for Zimbabwe cricket. go ahead.............

  • on October 26, 2011, 8:01 GMT

    And to think i had followed the game from the start only to miss the end!! Well done Zim, i wish it had come sooner but carry the momentum on to the next game and great to see TEAM contributions. Keep improving.

  • on October 26, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    weak bowling attack from nz mckay aldridge mccullum woodcock, capitalised on by zims.

  • on October 26, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Zimbabwe's batting is more than excellent, But, Not backed up by Bowling, Well, Congrats From Sri Lanka

  • on October 26, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    Congartes from India.Zimbabwe have two very good players Brandon Taylor and Malcolm Waller, If they gets 2 to 3 more player like this they can crush any team.Zim should focus on bowling department, don't have pacers in the team like Heath streak.Taylor and waller should try for IPL, they will get better.

  • on October 26, 2011, 6:19 GMT

    congrats guys Zim and Ban are minnows no more wel dne boys though you lost the series l love the passion you showed GO ZIM YEAH BOYS THATS WAT IM TALKIN ABOUT

  • on October 26, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    Taylor comming off age both as a player and captain, well done Waller. The momentum is required going forward into the test match.

  • on October 26, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    Well done zim..... I feel the start made a lot of difference... and yet it again it was a captains knock from Taylor which helped them beat kiwis.... I want them to win more games to make cricket competitive....

  • on October 26, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    Waller great 99* bring in Raza

  • adam001 on October 26, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    3 dropped catches from taylor giving Zimbabwe the game. how is that not under suspicion

  • on October 26, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    congrats zim!!Some of the so called experienced inconsistant guys need to be excused form this promising team and nature the upcoming talents.it may be progressive to be losing trying new talent .

  • on October 26, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    congrats to zimbabwe... excellent batting from waller.

  • kas_kas on October 26, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    lm one happy fan ..wish yu all the best in the test match....it shows that the minnows maybe down but definitely not out!!!!!! congrats boys!!!

  • on October 26, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    beware another giant killer in making

  • on October 26, 2011, 4:50 GMT

    well thats a fine victory but got to win more important matches

  • on October 26, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    well done to malcom waller, congrats to zim, reminded me of us beating nz last yr...

  • kapt.slim on October 26, 2011, 4:10 GMT

    i m really happy to see such a marvelous and daring show from Zimbabwe, back up team Zimbabwe

  • on October 26, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    Congratulations Brendon Taylor. You deserved this win.. Well played Zim.. Sumith from Sri Lanka

  • on October 26, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    Zimbabwe chase down a high total of 300+, Bangladesh rout WI for 61. Never underestimate these minnows, they are minnows no more. Both are on the way up. If it was a 5 match series, I like to see Zimbabwe fight til the end.

  • on October 26, 2011, 2:40 GMT

    Congratulations from Sri Lanka

  • on October 26, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    way to go boys u have made us proud...go zim!

  • on October 26, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    I think a win in a dead rubber isnt exactly a great victory, well done ZIM, but the games that mattered were very one sided.

  • on October 26, 2011, 0:44 GMT

    Congrats from Bangladesh !

  • SixFourOut on October 25, 2011, 23:51 GMT

    Congratulations to Zimbabwe, they have some blossoming talent and it's great for world cricket to see them competitive. I have to say though this was definitely a second string NZ bowling line up. One has to wonder what guys like Woodcock and N McCullum are doing in the side with domestic averages of nearly 40, when there are much better bowlers, some of whom are extremely talented like Boult, Bennett, Patel all would fair infinitely better. Why do these selectors try guys who are in their mid thirties?

  • Rooboy on October 25, 2011, 23:13 GMT

    Great result Zim. Wish I'd seen it, must have been a cracker of a contest!

  • on October 25, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    gratz on Zimmers for the win well earnt... as a NZ I there is a sad sinking feeling R Taylor will be NZ captain for many years to come.

  • braindead_rocker on October 25, 2011, 22:26 GMT

    On behalf of all Indian fans, let me congratulate Zimbabwe for this excellent win. This goes down as one of the best run chases in ODI history. I used to log into cricinfo to see some good news but always saw Zimbabwe on the losing side with Taylor being the only one among the runs..Good to see Zimbabwe rise up as a team today. And what an emphatic win this was..Chasing is never easy...Its great for world cricket to have this many competitive teams. Zimbabwe should maintain this momentum and they will soon be just like the strong Zim team of the late 90s. Just keep surging ahead guys...Good luck from INDIA

  • LynadThike on October 25, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    Great game Zim...good to see your pick yourselves up after a hard end to the New Zealand innings. Just feel that Meth is a lot more effective with the new ball and when comes back for his second spell with a worn ball he battles as he has no swing to work with. This proved costly in the last 2 games and may be an area for Zim to look at. Am really happy to see some new talent getting a run in the form of Mushangwe and Ncube, and providing that extra bit of internal competition. Ncube is an exciting talent but needs a lot of refinement and management, but a great start to his international career.

  • Kiwi-Jake on October 25, 2011, 22:17 GMT

    Well done Zimbabwe! After being absolutely demolished the past 4 games, it's good to see this side win by chasing down such a high total, there's big potential in this batting side.

    I've got a bone to pick with the Kiwi's though, they fielded a bowling attack that would fail to flatter even one of their domestic teams. Even though the series had been won, the aim of the game should be to win every game by playing your best possible XI. Rotation policies worked so well for the All Blacks 4 years ago, not. Sure, give a youth player some exposure if you must, but NZ didn't even do that, they played 4 bowlers who are over 30, most of which are on their way out. Normally, you'd back NZ to defend 329 against even a good side.

    So hope you're embarrassed by this loss Black Caps, because you should be, the series was won but will only be remembered for Zimbabwe chasing 329. Learn from your mistakes and never take any opposition for granted.

  • on October 25, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    Well played Zim!! Let's now show NZ how we have been preparing for the longer format of the game in the upcoming only Test.

  • on October 25, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    I think Zim r becoming more like SA Proteas, they r good in chasing, even if dey lose chasing dey r normaly competitive. Otherwise well done guys n keep it on now, we're behind u all the way.

  • PontiusPilate78 on October 25, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    À fine victory for Zimbabwe! Are we swing the event of their horizon? Taylor masakadza chigumbura taibu Waller Mushangwe sibanda price and company- à truly remarkeable effort charmig down 300+ against new zealand on à flat pitch- i cant Wait for the test match - Zim definately have the advantage!

  • partha132 on October 25, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    Glad to hear abt a gd Zim win... Hope they give rise to new heroes and become a force once again in world cricket.. I still remember the team of Flower bros, Alaister campbell, Neil Johnson, Streak....

  • Sarthak1305 on October 25, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    Brilliant performance by zimbabwe hope they keep up this standard of cricket

  • on October 25, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    Wish i could have watched the end of the game. But makorokoto all the same boys

  • Shan123gym on October 25, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    Well done Team Zimbawe... today u hav shattered the thaught that ur underdogs and proved u r good competitors in cricket to any team... All the best for future cricket:)

  • MENDIS_Forever on October 25, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    congrats Zmbabwe! what a lovely run chase!. I'm happy the way Waller played the ending part of the match. Victory is greater than a personal milestone.An exemplary innings of all tme.

  • on October 25, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    Great game zim. I'm always supporting u and as B Taylor said it, this one is for the fans. a lot of character. however, as a perfectionist zim still need to look at why the middle order wickets always fall in a clatter. what was meth and Elty doing with less than a run a ball needed?? some of these things need to improve. I love the fact also of picking players on form so for the test i would just take utseya, ncube, chigumbura and chibhabha to bring in ervine, sw masakadza, lamb and matsikenyeri. my only reason not to take out mshangwe and taking out Elty is just becoz queens is a spinner's wicket in the tests. also because sw masakadza can bat a bit and moves the ball and lamb can spin and bat as well. congrats though. on to the next one...

  • GooglyfromKumbleEnglishmenCrumble on October 25, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    Thanks Waller, you brought smile to millions today. Saturday was a bad day in the field for you i know but what a way to come back. great courage chasing a mammoth total. i enjoyed im sure everyone did. Absolutely superb stuff!!

  • on October 25, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    great job by Zimbabwe...Best of luck for all team...Keep it up

  • on October 25, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    Well done zimbabwe :)

    Congo

  • on October 25, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Congratulations Zimbabwe for ur great winning over NZ. I think now nobody can call Zimbabwe and Bangladesh as minnows. I am really happy to watch this winning match of Zimbabwe... congrats to all Zimbabwean players.. > as a fan of cricket from Bangladesh. : )

  • on October 25, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    what a win !!! amazing .. may b the series goes to new zealand .., but all the SERIES CREDIT goes to ZIMBABWE.. congrats zimbabwe..

  • balajik1968 on October 25, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    Wow nice to see. For some time in the 90's Zimbabwe were quite competitive. Here's to hoping that this win propels them to a revival.

  • Nduru on October 25, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    I guess @zn264 and @tawaz2 are feeling a bit embarrassed now! Well done Zim. This was really quite a good series as we could have won the second ODI but for some poor fielding. Brendon Taylor reallt deserved Man of the Series! @tawaz2, you are being unfair to Butcher and co. They have done a lot of good work, especially in the longer format. We have been unlucky that there have been some flat pitches and some of the guys have failed to bat well in support of BT.

  • on October 25, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    Fantastic win by Zimbabwe. Great chase featuring two unlikely heroes in Malcolm Waller and Elton Chigumbura supported by veterans Brendon Taylor and Tatenda Taibu. Congratulations Zimbabwe!

  • mandi on October 25, 2011, 16:38 GMT

    happy to see zim wining,hope they perform well in test too.

  • on October 25, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    @ gerald drop hami!!!!! dood hami made a valuable 36 hes gud wen mutizwa and sibanda failed 2 deliver he came 2 our rescue!!!! this team is perfect xcept for mushangwe and ncube of course bring back mpofu and brian vitori with utseya the battins perfect 4 bowlin we need :vitori,mpofu,chigum,price and utseya then our teams perfect!!

  • on October 25, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    Excellent victory for Zimbabwe. This time Brendan Taylor is supported by his folks. Sublime innings from Waller. Very calm and sensible innings. He didn't thing about his 100, just short of 2 when 1 to win off the last two balls with last wicket. He played a single to secure the victory. Superb.

  • on October 25, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    Well done Zimbabwe.......!

  • VaZure on October 25, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    I love Zim. To me Zim won the series,quality batting from Zim. So it aint a myth that if Brandon Taylor makes a hundred Zim wont win ,so Taylor did set up Zimbabwes win by not makin a 3 digit score. Wel done Zim

  • DivyanandValsan on October 25, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    Brilliant match...Amazing the way Kane got to century...Awesome innings from taylors and elton...but malcom waller...take a bow!!...

  • Technical-1 on October 25, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    Zim did a good Job! That was a great chase.

  • on October 25, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    ths z great ....what a well needd win...thnx zim

  • LynadThike on October 25, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Yes!!...A Zimbabwe Win!....have just read all the comments prior to this and must say my mind was on the same depressing train of thought...If the last overs of New Zealands innings hadn't been bowled so waywardly they may have been looking at a total of 15 or 20 runs less. In the end good to see Zim's batsmen joining their captain, now i hope they can carry some of that form and belief into the test. The bowling and fielding is suffering from lulls in concentration, and believe that it is up to the captain and senior players to lift the team out of them. All in all a very exciting game of cricket....

  • psswain on October 25, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    Congrats zim. Wat a splendid victory. Definitely a moral booster for minnows like afganistan,canada,netherland etc. Rit nw waller is d most famous person in zim.!

  • on October 25, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    what a win ,thank you guys ,butcher you did a great job in dropping mpofu and giving natsai and ncube ,also considerdropping hami he is failing us ,

  • on October 25, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    wow.i am over the moon that Zim won the match. well done.

  • on October 25, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Good win Zim...love the heart and courage you guys showed in chasing down that huge target....

  • tawaz2 on October 25, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    I THINK BUTCHER SHOULD GO......HEZ FAILING 2 IMPROVE OUR GAME...WE NID ANDY BACK!!!!!!!!

  • zn264 on October 25, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Well done New Zealand! Excellent batting, with a bit of luck for Kane to get 3 figures! Now to knock em over for 200 : )

  • on October 25, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    well sir .m not sure ..but for me ..tatenda has been the most consistent player ..for zim after BT ..of course ..and .he totally brings that x factor in the zim team ..m not sure if he is the rite person to b dropped

  • tawaz2 on October 25, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    zimbabwe nids 2 shuffle their line up esp top order batsman...id have been happy 2 c hami & taibu out 2day to give other promising players a run...these guys are failing 2 deliver when it matters most!!! growing impatient, i saw e worst feilding perfomance ever on sat...e guys jus dnt have anymore except taylor!! if they dnt they shld jus go hanti...not 2 continue 2 disgrace us!!!!

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  • tawaz2 on October 25, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    zimbabwe nids 2 shuffle their line up esp top order batsman...id have been happy 2 c hami & taibu out 2day to give other promising players a run...these guys are failing 2 deliver when it matters most!!! growing impatient, i saw e worst feilding perfomance ever on sat...e guys jus dnt have anymore except taylor!! if they dnt they shld jus go hanti...not 2 continue 2 disgrace us!!!!

  • on October 25, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    well sir .m not sure ..but for me ..tatenda has been the most consistent player ..for zim after BT ..of course ..and .he totally brings that x factor in the zim team ..m not sure if he is the rite person to b dropped

  • zn264 on October 25, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    Well done New Zealand! Excellent batting, with a bit of luck for Kane to get 3 figures! Now to knock em over for 200 : )

  • tawaz2 on October 25, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    I THINK BUTCHER SHOULD GO......HEZ FAILING 2 IMPROVE OUR GAME...WE NID ANDY BACK!!!!!!!!

  • on October 25, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Good win Zim...love the heart and courage you guys showed in chasing down that huge target....

  • on October 25, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    wow.i am over the moon that Zim won the match. well done.

  • on October 25, 2011, 15:45 GMT

    what a win ,thank you guys ,butcher you did a great job in dropping mpofu and giving natsai and ncube ,also considerdropping hami he is failing us ,

  • psswain on October 25, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    Congrats zim. Wat a splendid victory. Definitely a moral booster for minnows like afganistan,canada,netherland etc. Rit nw waller is d most famous person in zim.!

  • LynadThike on October 25, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    Yes!!...A Zimbabwe Win!....have just read all the comments prior to this and must say my mind was on the same depressing train of thought...If the last overs of New Zealands innings hadn't been bowled so waywardly they may have been looking at a total of 15 or 20 runs less. In the end good to see Zim's batsmen joining their captain, now i hope they can carry some of that form and belief into the test. The bowling and fielding is suffering from lulls in concentration, and believe that it is up to the captain and senior players to lift the team out of them. All in all a very exciting game of cricket....

  • on October 25, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    ths z great ....what a well needd win...thnx zim