Zimbabwe v New Zealand, only Test, Bulawayo, 5th day November 5, 2011

New Zealand outlast Brendan Taylor to win thriller

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New Zealand 426 (Guptill 109, Mpofu 4-92) and 252 for 8 dec. (R Taylor 76, Jarvis 5-64) beat Zimbabwe 313 (Sibanda 93, Vettori 5-70) and 331 (Taylor 117, Bracewell 5-85) by 34 runs
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The currently unranked Zimbabwe went at the world No. 8 New Zealand mercilessly on a fifth day dripping with Test-match brilliance, but they ran out of steam dramatically after tea to lose by 34 runs. It was a crushing result for the hosts who went for a win in a situation that would have forced many of the Test elite sides to play safe.

Their spark was lit by Brendan Taylor, who hustled to his third century in seven innings. Taylor's brilliance put Zimbabwe on pole position at tea, but the game turned on its head once he exited after the break. Doug Bracewell and Daniel Vettori barged through, as Zimbabwe capsized from 265 for 3 to 331 all out, with less than six overs left in the match.

The force was with Zimbabwe at tea, with the target down to 101 off a possible 29 overs. New Zealand's shoulders had visibly slumped a little earlier, when the lack of sufficient video evidence meant a huge moment went against them. Taylor had scythed Chris Martin uppishly to deep cover where BJ Watling dived forward to scoop it inches from the ground, but it was impossible to say from the camera angles on offer whether it was a clean catch. Incredibly, Taylor holed out to the same fielder in the first over after the break, and this time Watling pouched it clearly.

Suddenly, New Zealand found the extra gear they had lacked all day. Vettori, who has an unspectacular record in the fourth innings, probed away with intent, employing two slips and short leg against the debutant Malcolm Waller. Taibu, already past 50, was the bigger menace, and Vettori adopted a negative line against him. After resisting the urge to sweep all day, Taibu eventually top-edged from outside leg stump to midwicket.

Zimbabwe looked for singles, New Zealand looked for wickets, and the pressure got to Bracewell, who over-stepped while delivering an effort ball that would have got him a wicket. Vettori then made a strong case for the Spirit of Cricket award, by refraining from appealing for a potentially match-turning run-out after unknowingly obstructing a single. With every run scored, the game was swinging in a manner Twenty20 cricket just cannot replicate. Bracewell then cleaned up the tail, while Man of the Match Vettori trapped Waller and Chris Mpofu to seal what was, arguably, the best Test match of the year.

The grand finish would have never materialised but for Taylor's brilliance, or the grit shown by his top-order colleagues. Mawoyo blunted the sharp end of New Zealand's intent, and after his dismissal Taibu was assiduous in thwarting them until tea. But Taylor's daredevilry provided the fuel to propel Zimbabwe's ambition.

The rain clouds dotting the horizon gave the seamers absolutely no assistance in the morning, and Taylor checked in with a series of audacious shots. In one Martin over, he whipped the first ball furiously over square leg, before chipping out and punching a straight six, and upper-cutting a short ball over third man for four. He took two more fours in Martin's next over to announce Zimbabwe's intentions.

Mawoyo built on the tremendous powers of denial he had displayed in his marathon 163* against Pakistan in September. He was initially roughed up by Bracewell's well-directed bouncers, but that spell ended when Martin changed ends. He countered Vettori off the front foot as often as possible - a significant departure from his handling of Saeed Ajmal's bigger bag of tricks in the Pakistan Test. With Mawoyo stone-walling Vettori, Taylor got stuck into Jeetan Patel. He scampered out of his crease four times in the day to swipe the hapless offspinner into the recesses beyond the leg-side boundary.

As is often the case in these circumstances, a part-timer intervened with a freakish breakthrough. Martin Guptill's second ball bounced extra as it turned down the leg side, and Mawoyo somehow contrived to drag it onto off stump. His untimely exit stalled the scoring-rate after lunch, as Taibu subdued his normally breezy approach.

The defensiveness allowed New Zealand to employ several men close-in, with Brendon McCullum crouching at the batsmen's face at silly point, and tumbling forward in anticipation almost every ball. Taylor scrambled across for a quick single in the 59th over, but the cover fielder missed the stumps. Taibu was trapped in front by a sharp inswinger, and - not for the first time in the match - umpire Marais Erasmus wrongly ruled in the batsman's favour.

Bracewell positioned two short legs about five yards from each other and bent in a series of reverse swingers. Taylor clipped one of them uppishly, but found the miniscule gap, before bringing up his ton with an edge through the cordon. Taibu too broke free after pottering around to 9 off 67 balls, cutting and steering Martin for fours, before hitting a four and a six off Guptill.

With the game heading Zimbabwe's way, New Zealand turned to the second new ball in desperation. Taylor chose to chance his arm over the covers. He got away with it once but it cost him his wicket the second time. Over the next couple of hours, it went on to cost his side a special piece of history.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    @ Zia Rehma dont you think the lake of Aggressivenss is something that is laking in test games there are too many drawn test matches these days and thats why it is slowly losing its relevance,this was one of the best 5 dayers i have seen in a long time, yes 7 wickets fell in 1 session (poor zim batting) but it still was entertaining for a test match.

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    if taylor was born in india he could have become a GREAT LEGEND its saad to see a player of that caliber to be not that much popular than our average badrinath , vijay, mukund, rahane

  • POSTED BY surajitkumar013 on | November 7, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    well done Zim, even if you lose at least you tried to win and that what it matters. Hey guys plz don't call Zim stupid if they havn't lost (tried to win) will we be talking about it. instead we will be commenting as "no big deal" at least they showed a lot of heart.

  • POSTED BY Nduru on | November 7, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    @Zia Rehman. Yes, Zim could have gone for the draw and it was a bit reckless of them to approach the last session in that way having saved the match. But they had nothing to lose and nobody would have remembered a dull draw that was achieved with blocking the last day out. In any case, that could also have backfired and they could have still been bowled out 150 runs short. Instead, everyone will remember the epic way in which they, against all odds, tried to chase down a mammoth score on a last day wicket, against some experienced bowlers. Yes, I am sad we did not get anything out of the match, but Zim showed the world we can compete, not just with tame draws, but actually plundering epic wins too. In the context of our return to test cricket, that was much more important.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    KEEP THE ZIM CRICKET TEAM WE ARE ALMOST THERE GUYS

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    Looking at this result it just shows how Bad New Zeland are getting at Test cricket. McCullum isnt a opener at test match level as he is too free flowing. I think New Zeland need to look for a specialist opener with a "drop anchor" style of play. Ross Taylor's batting at the moment is frustrating at the moment as he gets in to a nice score of 50-70 and then gets out. 50's dont win test matches. I do like the black caps idea of promoting Kane Williamson as he is very good batsman with alot of potential.

    New Zealand will have to realise that they cant rely on Vettori to bail them out for runs because the middle doesnt fire.

    Bowling wise Chris Martin bowls his socks off and puts 110% when he approaches the crease and when on song can bowl most batsman out but he does bowl alot of "hit me balls" and is a bit of a batting rabbit.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    people may like to call Zim team Winners even after they lost but while their effort was noble it was also kind of stupid , they lost because they were over aggressive when NZ were clearly negative bowling. when the batting team becomes desperate for runs it rarely ends well for it !

    Big teams like to play safe because they have a ranking to uphold and much to lose where as Zim being currently un-ranked had almost nothing to lose ! making 4 runs /over is not impossible in tests but its very, very difficult when opposition doesnt mind wasting time and deliveries.Also there are no power plays or fielding restrictions or many wides , or no ball free hits!

    India and dare i say Pakistan did the right thing by not throwing away a certain draw!

  • POSTED BY BULTY on | November 6, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    This was one Test match played in true spirit of game. Teams gauging the opponent on the first 3 days and then on 4th day the game suddenly livens up. Hats off to Ross Taylor for declaring with a target of 366 in 116 overs and with one hour game on 4th evening and a whole day on 5th; perfectly sporting declaration. He was running the risk of losing the match and he caused many an eyebrow to be raised and many must have argued against this decision; but he did it. Now what a way Zimbabwe responded to this declaration with a gutsy performance till almost tea on day 5. Brendan Taylor and Tatenda Taibu played sensible cricket and at tea Zimbabwe looked on the way to snatching wicket with 29 overs & 101 runs to get. But things turned dramatically after the tea break and they lost Taylor after scoring 100 and Taibu too was gone and the rest didn't quite live up to Bracewell brilliant display of disciplined fast bowling and NZ came out a worthy victor after some anxious moments in the field.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    well played guy @ list we went down fyting we competed...

  • POSTED BY mahjut on | November 6, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Fydd: BD nor PK 'smashed' this attack. It may not be a strong attack but there are only two strong attacks in Test cricket atm so we'll take ours. in all honesty, i'll take ours over a few other test attacks (NZ possibly included).

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    @ Zia Rehma dont you think the lake of Aggressivenss is something that is laking in test games there are too many drawn test matches these days and thats why it is slowly losing its relevance,this was one of the best 5 dayers i have seen in a long time, yes 7 wickets fell in 1 session (poor zim batting) but it still was entertaining for a test match.

  • POSTED BY on | November 7, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    if taylor was born in india he could have become a GREAT LEGEND its saad to see a player of that caliber to be not that much popular than our average badrinath , vijay, mukund, rahane

  • POSTED BY surajitkumar013 on | November 7, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    well done Zim, even if you lose at least you tried to win and that what it matters. Hey guys plz don't call Zim stupid if they havn't lost (tried to win) will we be talking about it. instead we will be commenting as "no big deal" at least they showed a lot of heart.

  • POSTED BY Nduru on | November 7, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    @Zia Rehman. Yes, Zim could have gone for the draw and it was a bit reckless of them to approach the last session in that way having saved the match. But they had nothing to lose and nobody would have remembered a dull draw that was achieved with blocking the last day out. In any case, that could also have backfired and they could have still been bowled out 150 runs short. Instead, everyone will remember the epic way in which they, against all odds, tried to chase down a mammoth score on a last day wicket, against some experienced bowlers. Yes, I am sad we did not get anything out of the match, but Zim showed the world we can compete, not just with tame draws, but actually plundering epic wins too. In the context of our return to test cricket, that was much more important.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    KEEP THE ZIM CRICKET TEAM WE ARE ALMOST THERE GUYS

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    Looking at this result it just shows how Bad New Zeland are getting at Test cricket. McCullum isnt a opener at test match level as he is too free flowing. I think New Zeland need to look for a specialist opener with a "drop anchor" style of play. Ross Taylor's batting at the moment is frustrating at the moment as he gets in to a nice score of 50-70 and then gets out. 50's dont win test matches. I do like the black caps idea of promoting Kane Williamson as he is very good batsman with alot of potential.

    New Zealand will have to realise that they cant rely on Vettori to bail them out for runs because the middle doesnt fire.

    Bowling wise Chris Martin bowls his socks off and puts 110% when he approaches the crease and when on song can bowl most batsman out but he does bowl alot of "hit me balls" and is a bit of a batting rabbit.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    people may like to call Zim team Winners even after they lost but while their effort was noble it was also kind of stupid , they lost because they were over aggressive when NZ were clearly negative bowling. when the batting team becomes desperate for runs it rarely ends well for it !

    Big teams like to play safe because they have a ranking to uphold and much to lose where as Zim being currently un-ranked had almost nothing to lose ! making 4 runs /over is not impossible in tests but its very, very difficult when opposition doesnt mind wasting time and deliveries.Also there are no power plays or fielding restrictions or many wides , or no ball free hits!

    India and dare i say Pakistan did the right thing by not throwing away a certain draw!

  • POSTED BY BULTY on | November 6, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    This was one Test match played in true spirit of game. Teams gauging the opponent on the first 3 days and then on 4th day the game suddenly livens up. Hats off to Ross Taylor for declaring with a target of 366 in 116 overs and with one hour game on 4th evening and a whole day on 5th; perfectly sporting declaration. He was running the risk of losing the match and he caused many an eyebrow to be raised and many must have argued against this decision; but he did it. Now what a way Zimbabwe responded to this declaration with a gutsy performance till almost tea on day 5. Brendan Taylor and Tatenda Taibu played sensible cricket and at tea Zimbabwe looked on the way to snatching wicket with 29 overs & 101 runs to get. But things turned dramatically after the tea break and they lost Taylor after scoring 100 and Taibu too was gone and the rest didn't quite live up to Bracewell brilliant display of disciplined fast bowling and NZ came out a worthy victor after some anxious moments in the field.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    well played guy @ list we went down fyting we competed...

  • POSTED BY mahjut on | November 6, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Fydd: BD nor PK 'smashed' this attack. It may not be a strong attack but there are only two strong attacks in Test cricket atm so we'll take ours. in all honesty, i'll take ours over a few other test attacks (NZ possibly included).

  • POSTED BY my11hehe on | November 6, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    I SUPPORTED ZIMBABWE AND NEW ZEALAND. WELL PLAYED ZIMBABWE AND NEW ZEALAND. CONTINUE PLAYING LIKE THIS IN THE FUTURE.

  • POSTED BY mthw on | November 6, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    I SUPPORTED NEW ZEALAND. WELL PLAYED NEW ZEALAND. CONTINUE PLAYING LIKE THIS IN THE FUTURE.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    I SUPPORTED ZIMBABWE.WELL PLAYED ZIMBABWE.CONTINUE PLAYING LIKE THIS IN FUTURE.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    Dissapointing last session but a very thrilling test.This test was very important for test cricket when a dead test match going on in sharjah.NZ need improvement in there bowling unit.There bowling was so bad that they failed to defend 328 in the odis and almost failed to defend 366 in the test.Zimbabwe also need to improve there bowling and need middle and lower order to put up fight.Well played both teams.This test match shows that test cricket is still alive.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | November 6, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    @orangtan Though I think the Pakistani innings is usually on the slower side, one should understand that these are quality bowling sides. You cannot say playing against Zim and SL/PAK is the same. That will be ludicrous comparision.

  • POSTED BY Fydd on | November 6, 2011, 4:05 GMT

    Everybody is focussing on Zimbabwe, but i'm concerned about NZ's slide downwards in tests. It's a worry NZ batted poorly on the whole on a flat track against a very weak bowling attack that most other sides would have smashed. Sure, R Taylor, Williamson, Guptill etc had their moments, but did not take the game away from Zim and instead threw away their wickets. I think NZ also gave Zim a chance by playing an extra batsman in Watling rather than an extra bowler in Aldridge (who is just an average medium pacer, but better than nothing). Playing four bowlers in an already weakened attack on a flat track was silly. IMO NZ need to drop Watling, whose technique isn't up to international standard, and develop a new spinner and allrounder. But credit to NZ: they overcame a flat pitch without bounce, poor and biased umpiring, heat, and some dogged batting, some magnificient batting from B Taylor and good reverse from Jarvis. Credit also to Vettori and esp Bracewell for a fiver on debut.

  • POSTED BY thejusjosephjose on | November 6, 2011, 3:07 GMT

    brilliant work by ZIM.they played fearless cricket to win the match and not slogging cricket that dominate test matches these days..they will surely turn to be a really good side in the long run

  • POSTED BY licec on | November 6, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    Gotta say Brendan Taylor is a pure genius to me. He could be Zimbabwe's biggest thing (after probably the Flowers). Even the higher ranked teams could take a lesson from Zimbabwe from the way they almost chased it down. Nevertheless, who cares about winning matches as long as you are winning hearts? I definitely don't. Also Kudos to the Kiwis for their sportsmanship.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2011, 1:53 GMT

    Zimbabwe showing that they are not minnows.

  • POSTED BY Kiwi-Jake on | November 6, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    Great match, Zimbabwe showed true fighting spirit, that Brendan Taylor is really something! Feel a few Zimbabwe fans are a bit harsh on the Kiwis, although no side really deserved to lose, the better team still won. I felt both sides had a pretty blunt bowling attack, apart from Jarvis during his 2nd innings, and it's something both nations desperately need to work on if they are to stand a chance against the big guns. Black Caps should welcome the return of Southee (and to a much, much lesser extent, Bennett). Jeetan Patel needs to go, let's be honest, I feel even Aldridge would have faired better.

  • POSTED BY on | November 6, 2011, 1:37 GMT

    bad luck zim. but the kind of attempt you have shown is remarable

  • POSTED BY gothetaniwha on | November 6, 2011, 1:17 GMT

    Big ups to ZIM for having a go at the end , promoting no 11 to have a crack , another couple of overs of slogging it would have been a ZIM victory (take note India ),but young Bracewell stood up and got 5 and Dan finished it off ,NZ did it with 2 seamers and 1 spinner , Taylor has no confidence in Patel ,probably played his last test i think ,Williamson look the goods too .

  • POSTED BY choppa13 on | November 6, 2011, 1:08 GMT

    New Zealand in particular Ross Taylor should be commended for making this game what it was had he batted zimbabwe out of the match and not decleared when he did(like most other teams) it would have been a draw. but by dangling the carrot that gave brendan taylor and co a chance which gave nz chances to win the match. none the less great effort zimbabwe for not going into your shell early made for exciting reading(cricinfo) and watching. bring on 3 match series.

  • POSTED BY orangtan on | November 5, 2011, 23:44 GMT

    Brilliant brilliant Test cricket, kudos to both teams and to Dan the Man for his spontaneous act of sportsmanship in not claiming the run-out at a crucial stage. What a contrast though to the boring proceedings in Sharjah, where it's the batsmen of both teams who must shoulder the blame for failing to achieve a run-rate of at-least 3.5 on a belter of a pitch. Ultimately, it's up to the players tol either keep Test cricket alive by playing it positively or ensure its early demise by patting back balls in copybook defensive manner.

  • POSTED BY MeijiMura on | November 5, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    It is good to see Zimbabwe play so competitively just three tests into their comeback. I am disappointed that the collapses of old continue to this day with Zimbabwe losing seven wickets in the last session to lose what appeared to be an unloseable test match in the end. The poor fielding is also a cause for concern, but at least they know the areas they need to work on. The tail was too long and their fielding wasn't good enough. Two clear areas to improve upon. I also think that Waller bats too low in the order. If Sibanda does indeed quit Zimbabwe then Chibhabha should replace him in the opening slot with Mawoyo and Waller should move to number three, Taylor four, Taibu five, Masakadza at six or out of the side for another batsmen altogether, Chigumbura at seven, Cremer, Vitori, Jarvis and Price. Getting all these guys fit and on the ground together at the same time is another issue altogether but it would be a very competitive and better-balanced side if they could.

  • POSTED BY kurtismaxiumus on | November 5, 2011, 22:42 GMT

    nice work nz, we did the job and thats all that matters

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | November 5, 2011, 22:21 GMT

    It happened a few days ago, when the Zimbabwean tail-enders were throwing their wickets away, coming down the wicket and getting stumped with a set batsman at the other end. They were showing no existence of something called brain. They just escaped to win the third ODI. In this test, that did not happen. Taylor has played one of the very best test innings to win a match from impossible positions and the Zimbabwe teil has again let him down.

  • POSTED BY crazycricketfan4life on | November 5, 2011, 21:39 GMT

    Extremely sad to see Zimbabwe lose this match after getting into a position where they could have had a historic win. It is great to see this team do well, and as a BD Fan, the match just showed how much our team can learn from this inspiring side. Just another testament as to how out of touch the FTP program is, it is only with more exposure to Test Match Cricket can these emerging sides really pose a serious threat to the big names, as long as we don't lose patience. Despite the loss, well done Zimbabwe, here is a Bangladeshi who is a new fan of yours. Carry on the great work.

    P.S. - One vote for a 3-match test series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe next year. I think that would be a cracking series.

  • POSTED BY ste13 on | November 5, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    positive approach by both captains resulted in very good game; going for the win is the goal in every sport, but apparently this is rare in test cricket, where negative "not to lose" tactics prevail - see the third test of Pak - SL, where Pakistan can just kill the game (on very flat pitch, but still), to win series; there should be someting changed - how about awarding 2 points for a win, but in a draw 1 point for a team with superior run rate (if each team completes at least one innings) this Zim-NZ test did not need any alteration (one-off), both teams just went for a win, but I still think there should be more incentives made to win tests

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    Zimbabwe have proved that they are worthy of coming to Test Cricket, lets hope they get more matches so they can get a ranking, and join in on the fun!

  • POSTED BY demon_bowler on | November 5, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    This sounds like it was test match cricket at its best, just the sort of thing cricket lovers needed after the courtroom controversy of the past few weeks. Well played to both teams.

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    I've seen a great cricket player Zimbabwe can have. He's a fantastic batsmen and bowler. He's called Marven Momo. He's played 6 first class matches already and currently has 328 runs out of those six matches and averages 48.37. He's also got 26 wickets at 27.09 aswell. He's some raw talent at the age of 23 and should definately soon be considered for Zim soon.

  • POSTED BY mahjut on | November 5, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    I'm not so disappointed now - an hour or so later. The Zim boys did a great job. I don't suppose they had too many options for the allrounder spot but the decision to play 4 out-and-out non-batsmen was risky ... although it almost paid off. There are issues still, we need Vitori firing, we need to settle on the third pacer (I think Mpofu is good but Chatara is taking wickets and i have heard he's noticably faster - gota be an option surely). We need Elton perfroming as an allrounder and having Cremer back will be a boost. on the positive, Waller and Mawoyo look solid. Chakabva has good competition in Mutiswa so won't get complacent. Taylor and Taibu are and will continue to be good. If only Hammie could just find some consistency and Sibanda wasn't leaving the future would be genuinely bright. Not sure who will replace the outgoing Sibanda but good luck to whoever does (hopefully it'll be Taylor or Masakadza and Ervine can slot in lower down).

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    I am a Bangladeshi Fan but I was cheering for ZIM...What a great way to go down...Unfortunately history will show its a loss for for ZIM.

  • POSTED BY Prakhs on | November 5, 2011, 18:32 GMT

    Really sad to see Zimbabwe loosing the match. They really deserved to win this one, if not Zimbabwe then Brendon Taylor deserves to win. Excellent game of cricket but m sorry to say Zimbabwe's lack of experience and application costed them the game on the fifth day. I would really like to watch Zimbabwe play more cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    Inspite of losing this test Zim has shown that they r ready firn the big stage and you cannoy right them off. If you take them lightly they will give you a rum for the money that's Alistair & Co. did from 97 to 2000 before poltics tore their game apart. Well done Zim

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2011, 18:22 GMT

    Oh, I dearly hope I can say this without jumping the gun, but it looks like Zimbabwe are back. After the mess with the spot-fixing and the bore-fest in Sharjah, this is what cricket needed.

  • POSTED BY MalikAnasAhmad on | November 5, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    @Shamshir , you are absolutely right and it also goes for dull Misbah. x( Well done Zim, looking forward toward their progress. Zim fans should not feel down they have a lot to feel good about and lot to take good from this game they were simply playing like big guns (probably not by quality but definetly by their attitude).

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Now Bangladesh need to bend down & touch Zimbabwe's feet on how to play test cricket!

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Feel bad for Zimbabwe, could have been serious contenders for the World Cup in 1999 before politics tore the game apart. They have the nucleus of a good side again with Brendan Taylor, Hamilton Masakadza and Tatenda Taibu poised to play senior roles. It is a handful of families like the Flowers, Jarvises, Wallers who have kept the game alive in Zimbabwe. Lastly, I think Ray Price is one of the best left arm offies in the World, as good as Vettori and Shakib. As good as his uncle, Nick the Golfer. I still remember Zimbabwe in the 1987 World Cup where they impressed all despite losing all the matches.

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    now any comparisons with India's not attempted chase against Windies recently ;) ??...it was a thrilling last day @ Bulawayo...

  • POSTED BY addiemanav on | November 5, 2011, 17:48 GMT

    shamshir,u r so right!!zim could hav played for a draw!they sent a no.11 higher so that he could tonk a few,and so he did!!unfortunately the tight bowling from vettori and some inept batting by tailenders cost zim the game!but they really stood tall..rarely teams go for such big chases,but they went for it all the way!!taylor's 100 was a super-duper knock!and yes,its a slap on the face of stronger teams who dont go for a win even when there is little chance of defeat!i was so annoyed when india haulted the chase vs wi!it wasnt a thing a no1 team shud hav done that!then last week when pak didnt attempt to chase what cud hav been an exciting t20 style finish,i was disappointed again!the idea of test cricket was always to produce a result..captains played like that..it didnt matter who was the winner,it was all about entertainment in real sense to the crowd!and zim & nz showed that!in australia till almost the 1950s,there were no draws.almost every match had a result!both teams won today!

  • POSTED BY PontiusPilate78 on | November 5, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    Pontius says kudos till Zimbabwe! They did more by not winning than a win would have done for them! They don't deserve to be number 10 , I place them at joint 8th or at the least 7th.... Good all-round bowling, Jarvis mpofu price and Hamilton one even felt fifties and even centuries could come from all the top 6 batsman. I think they should begin to organise two match test series in the future , can't wait to see tem in action in. New zealand - and to think they did not have Vitori the left arm seamer. New zealnad were very lucky today. Had Taibu played positively from the start and not given way the 35 runs he could have scored then the result would have been otherwise- Waller needs to learn to bat with the tail- unless he was just acting in accordance with the instructions from the dressing room. Great job!

  • POSTED BY banglafan on | November 5, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    Zimbabwe is the clear winner in this test. My hats off to this team. I think a great future beckons them. Brendan Taylor is easily the cricketer of the year 2011. Being a Bangladeshi, it pains me that we cannot match Zim's tenacity and sense of purpose.

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    really a great fight by zim... being a kiwi fan I was obviuously hoping for a kiwi win but this kind of fight with a world class team like NZ shows us that zim wants to prove something about them to world cricket..

    Zim are far better than sluggish teams like Bangladesh. Hats off Taylor n Jarvis for their brilliant performances with bat n ball respectively.. Hope to see the old zimbabwean form back..

  • POSTED BY HIMSGOEL on | November 5, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Hats off to zimbabwe. They play like champions and gone down fighting. The more i watch B. Taylor playing, the bigger the fan i m becoming of him. He's a true second innings & chasing champion. I wanna see him at the top of ICC rankings in ODIs & Test rankings. I won't doubt if he'll be leading as captain the World best ICC Cricket team. Zimbabwe need to find some more talent to stand along with brendon to help their nation win more matches. Brandon is the hero. A lone survivor.

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Ok Zim lost but they gave the Blackcaps a good good fRight! Well done Brendan Taylor plus ten!

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | November 5, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    great stuff by Zimbabwe deserve test status so much more than Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    fantastic game, nz just had enough quality and of course the edge in experience. jeetan patel's last test hopefully as he is a passenger in an allready average attack.

  • POSTED BY fahadalam1 on | November 5, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Well played zimbabwe! great character and courage!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    what a great inning Brendan Taylor played today.kudos to him, almost brought his team a famous victory.the empiring errors in this match tell us that we need DRS.

  • POSTED BY mahjut on | November 5, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    Such a shame! Taibu - who is one of my favourite Zimbos - really found the pace hard going and left too much. Chigumbura was missed i feel as the tail was just too long and the catching was at the abysmal standard set against PK. I mean, it's nice that it was a thriller and all but in the end it's 1 out of 3 wins where it could be 2 wins, one draw. There are good signs, and as usual there is a head emerging above the shoulders of the rest (Flower/Streak is now Taylor/Jarvis) but at the moment i'm more disappointed than anything else - but, as a consolation, not as devasted as i could be!

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    vettori deserves a special mention here.. champion bowler true gentleman!!!

  • POSTED BY Nduru on | November 5, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    Epic, Epic, Epic fight from Zimbabwe. No shame in losing this one and they have showed the world they are ready to play test cricket. Of course, I was gutted we did not win this, but am consoled by the following: 1) 365 is a huge total to chase in the 4th innings and we made an awesome go of it 2) The positive intent was refreshing and courageous from Brendan and the boys, if we had tried to block all day, we would probably still have been bowled out, but around 150 runs short instead of 34. 3) the game could have gone either way right down to the end and it was a fantastic match 4) We got an excellent century and 5 wicket haul to show for it 5) We more than won everyone's respect, which is what I was hoping before the match. So, mission accomplished boys. Keep this up and you will be a force to recon with!

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Excellent performance by Zim, I salute them. It's a slap on those so called bigger teams who go for boring defence to draw the match. Zim had nothing to lose and a win could have been a big gift. Excellent performance Zim... Despite Kiwis won I would say Zim 10, Kiwis 0.

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  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2011, 16:13 GMT

    Excellent performance by Zim, I salute them. It's a slap on those so called bigger teams who go for boring defence to draw the match. Zim had nothing to lose and a win could have been a big gift. Excellent performance Zim... Despite Kiwis won I would say Zim 10, Kiwis 0.

  • POSTED BY Nduru on | November 5, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    Epic, Epic, Epic fight from Zimbabwe. No shame in losing this one and they have showed the world they are ready to play test cricket. Of course, I was gutted we did not win this, but am consoled by the following: 1) 365 is a huge total to chase in the 4th innings and we made an awesome go of it 2) The positive intent was refreshing and courageous from Brendan and the boys, if we had tried to block all day, we would probably still have been bowled out, but around 150 runs short instead of 34. 3) the game could have gone either way right down to the end and it was a fantastic match 4) We got an excellent century and 5 wicket haul to show for it 5) We more than won everyone's respect, which is what I was hoping before the match. So, mission accomplished boys. Keep this up and you will be a force to recon with!

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2011, 16:28 GMT

    vettori deserves a special mention here.. champion bowler true gentleman!!!

  • POSTED BY mahjut on | November 5, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    Such a shame! Taibu - who is one of my favourite Zimbos - really found the pace hard going and left too much. Chigumbura was missed i feel as the tail was just too long and the catching was at the abysmal standard set against PK. I mean, it's nice that it was a thriller and all but in the end it's 1 out of 3 wins where it could be 2 wins, one draw. There are good signs, and as usual there is a head emerging above the shoulders of the rest (Flower/Streak is now Taylor/Jarvis) but at the moment i'm more disappointed than anything else - but, as a consolation, not as devasted as i could be!

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    what a great inning Brendan Taylor played today.kudos to him, almost brought his team a famous victory.the empiring errors in this match tell us that we need DRS.

  • POSTED BY fahadalam1 on | November 5, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    Well played zimbabwe! great character and courage!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2011, 17:05 GMT

    fantastic game, nz just had enough quality and of course the edge in experience. jeetan patel's last test hopefully as he is a passenger in an allready average attack.

  • POSTED BY nzcricket174 on | November 5, 2011, 17:11 GMT

    great stuff by Zimbabwe deserve test status so much more than Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Ok Zim lost but they gave the Blackcaps a good good fRight! Well done Brendan Taylor plus ten!

  • POSTED BY HIMSGOEL on | November 5, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Hats off to zimbabwe. They play like champions and gone down fighting. The more i watch B. Taylor playing, the bigger the fan i m becoming of him. He's a true second innings & chasing champion. I wanna see him at the top of ICC rankings in ODIs & Test rankings. I won't doubt if he'll be leading as captain the World best ICC Cricket team. Zimbabwe need to find some more talent to stand along with brendon to help their nation win more matches. Brandon is the hero. A lone survivor.