New Zealand in Zimbabwe T20I Series - 1st T20I

Zimbabwe v New Zealand

New Zealand won by 10 wickets (with 39 balls remaining)

Issues right away with the sightscreen, it is being moved around

Marcus: "Saddened to learn the news about Vusi's mother. He's come along so much as a cricketer of late; hopefully he can return in coming weeks and forget about his sadness for a few brief hours on the field."

All set for the start, Hamilton Masakadza and Chamu Chibhabha to open for Zimbabwe. Kyle Mills has the new ball, with two men in the slips

1.55 pm Dirk Viljoen doing the pitch report says that there is an even grass cover on the hard surface, if the fast bowlers bend their back early on, they should get something out of it

1.50 pm A minute's silence is observed for Vusi Sibanda's mother who died today morning, hence his absence from the XI

Not to be outdone, Firdose Moonda has run her keen eye over this series and what it means to both sides. Have a read.

Do have a look at Liam Brickhill's fine preview for the match which begins with this line: "The last time a full New Zealand outfit toured Zimbabwe, the trial of Saddam Hussein had yet to begin, the Live 8 concerts had just taken place and Stuart Carlisle was still an international batsman." Trust Liam to be the only man on the planet who can put Saddam Hussein and Stuart Carlisle in the same sentence ... I am just wondering why he didn't get Guy Whittall in

1.30 pm Welcome to our coverage of the opening game of New Zealand's tour of Zimbabwe. Bright sunshine at the Harare Sports Club

New Zealand have won the toss and will have a bowl

Ross Taylor: "Hopefully we can utilise the conditions early on. We had three days in Pretoria before we came here and we are excited to be here. Bracewell is probably going to open the bowling today."

Brendan Taylor: "We would have bowled as well. We will be happy with 160-170 if we keep wickets in hand at the death. Our thoughts with Vusi Sibanda, whose mother passed away today."

Here are the teams for today's game

Zimbabwe: Masakadza, Chibhabha, Taylor, Mutizwa, Coventry, Chigumbura, Waller, Chakabva, Utseya, Price, Jarvis. No Tatenda Taibu, he is out with an injury

New Zealand: B McCullum, Guptill, Ryder, Taylor, Williamson, Franklin, N Mccullum, Oram, Bracewell, Woodcock, Mills

Doug Bracewell makes his New Zealand debut

0.1

Mills to Masakadza, no run, sharp bounce for Mills outside off stump from a length, and also a bit of away shape, left alone

0.2

Mills to Masakadza, 1 run, Zimbabwe are away, he gets forward and across and pushes a length ball behind point

0.3

Mills to Chibhabha, no run, pushed on the off side off the front foot

0.4

Mills to Chibhabha, no run, straightening after pitching on a length outside off, Mills delivering from wide of the crease, he stays cautiously in the crease and guides it to point

0.5

Mills to Chibhabha, no run, goes for a drive now as mills pitched it further up, but without much foot movement and the ball rolls away to extra cover

0.6

Mills to Chibhabha, no run, Mills thinks there is something here, Chibhabha misses an attempted cut off a short and wide one, the keeper does not appeal, the slips don't as well, did not seem to be any bat there

End of over 1 (1 run) Zimbabwe 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
CJ Chibhabha    0* (4b)      KD Mills    1-0-1-0
H Masakadza    1* (2b)     

Bracewell to open the bowling from the other end on New Zealand debut

Alex: "Is it just me or do New Zealand have serious depth in their batting line-up with Mills and Woodcock at 10/11?"

1.1

Bracewell to Masakadza, 1 run, bit of away shape and he floats his first ball full and on middle and leg from wide of the crease, played out to midwicket

1.2

Bracewell to Chibhabha, no run, goes full again, on the stumps, there is some straightening again on the ball, pushed away to mid on

1.3

Bracewell to Chibhabha, 1 run, inside edge as he looks to drive again without moving the feet much, inside edge rolls behind square leg, Bracewell keeping it full again

1.4

Bracewell to Masakadza, SIX, for the first time he pitches on a length and Masakadza plonks front foot out and smashes him over mid off

1.5

Bracewell to Masakadza, no run, tries to go hard at a length ball outside off but mistimes it to point

1.6

Bracewell to Masakadza, 1 run, does not quite get hold of a pitched up ball, still managed to get enough power on it but the bowler got down in time to take pace off it

End of over 2 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 10/0 (RR: 5.00)
H Masakadza    9* (6b 1x6)      DAJ Bracewell    1-0-9-0
CJ Chibhabha    1* (6b)      KD Mills    1-0-1-0

just one wide slip in place now

2.1

Mills to Masakadza, OUT, Masakadza has charged out to a length ball and holed out to mid off, Nathan running to his left and taking a fine tumbling catch around deep extra cover

H Masakadza c NL McCullum b Mills 9 (10m 7b 0x4 1x6) SR: 128.57

2.2

Mills to Chibhabha, no run, some bounce for Mills as he gets it shape away from outside off, left alone

2.3

Mills to Chibhabha, no run, the second time he has been beaten on the attempted cut, this one was not wide enough as the previous one, he tried to arch back and guide it past point, missed

2.4

Mills to Chibhabha, FOUR, Chibhabha has connected this time, not that short and into the body, he has made some room and teed off over mid on

2.5

Mills to Chibhabha, no run, he is having some trouble with the short ones outside off stump, the third time he has missed out on the cut, this one was more an attempted dab

2.6

Mills to Chibhabha, FOUR, he likes this length, the fuller one, gets front foot moving forward and squeezes the drive past Mills

End of over 3 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 18/1 (RR: 6.00)
CJ Chibhabha    9* (11b 2x4)      KD Mills    2-0-9-1
BRM Taylor    0* (0b)      DAJ Bracewell    1-0-9-0

3.1

Bracewell to Taylor, no run, hurled on a length close to off and holding its line, Taylor dead-bats it quietly

3.2

Bracewell to Taylor, FOUR, Taylor clears mid off, not by much, but he will get the boundary, it was moving away from him, but there was width and he stepped forward and went through with the swing, got enough on it

3.3

Bracewell to Taylor, no run, tries to belt another one through the off side, but this time the ball rolls along the ground to mid off

3.4

Bracewell to Taylor, no run, this one did not hold its line, it went straight on to the pads with the angle, Taylor managed to adjust, crouch and dab it towards midwicket

3.5

Bracewell to Taylor, no run, oh well, he has put in a lot of shoulder on this one, short ball takes off at the batsman who gets down on the knee and takes head out of the way

3.6

Bracewell to Taylor, no run, ends the over with another bouncer, but this one is outside off and he easily lets it go, Mills lures him in to the shot with one that is pitched up and moves away, Chibhabha throws the bat at it and Baz fumbles with the thick edge a couple of times before tumbling on the ground, ball in gloves

End of over 4 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 22/1 (RR: 5.50)
BRM Taylor    4* (6b 1x4)      DAJ Bracewell    2-0-13-0
CJ Chibhabha    9* (11b 2x4)      KD Mills    2-0-9-1

4.1

Mills to Chibhabha, OUT, Chibhabha's urge to drive without moving his feet has led to his fall

CJ Chibhabha c †BB McCullum b Mills 9 (19m 12b 2x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

4.2

Mills to Mutizwa, 1 run, almost another one as Mills lets rip with the short ball that gets up at Mutizwa's throat, he goes for a weak pull, which ends up saving him as the ball falls in front of Bracewell running in from long leg

4.3

Mills to Taylor, 1 run, pushed on the off side for one

4.4

Mills to Mutizwa, no run, inside edge almost drops on the stumps, stays in the crease to one that comes in with the angle, he tries to play it with an angled blade and almost chops it on

4.5

Mills to Mutizwa, no run, troubles him again with a back of a length ball that comes in, he tries to dab it to third man from too close to the body, beaten

Man at short mid off

4.6

Mills to Mutizwa, 1 run, quietly dropped in front of mid on for a quick single

End of over 5 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 25/2 (RR: 5.00)
F Mutizwa    2* (4b)      KD Mills    3-0-12-2
BRM Taylor    5* (7b 1x4)      DAJ Bracewell    2-0-13-0

Marius: "two taylors captain the teams 2day ... how often does this happen?" Two Taylors, not very often at all.

Here is Oram

5.1

Oram to Mutizwa, 3 runs, almost a run out, shortish one pulled through midwicket, they took on the throw from the deep for the third, no way non-striker would have made it in time, but Oram was not around at the crease to take the throw as it came in

5.2

Oram to Taylor, 1 run, steered to third man for one

5.3

Oram to Mutizwa, no run, length ball pushed in the air towards cover

5.4

Oram to Mutizwa, no run, now it is Mutizwa's turn to be beaten by a short and wide one outside off as he misses with an attempted dab

5.5

Oram to Mutizwa, FOUR, poor delivery and Mutizwa capitalises, short down the leg side and he swivels to help it wide of short fine leg

5.6

Oram to Mutizwa, 1 run, takes a single now to keep strike, not a particularly good over from Oram

End of over 6 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 34/2 (RR: 5.66)
F Mutizwa    10* (9b 1x4)      JDP Oram    1-0-9-0
BRM Taylor    6* (8b 1x4)      KD Mills    3-0-12-2

6.1

Woodcock to Mutizwa, 1 run, on the pads, pushed in the air in front of square leg

6.2

Woodcock to Taylor, no run, goes looking for a sweep to a flat and full one and misses

6.3

Woodcock to Taylor, 1 run, fine shot, only a single through as there is man at sweeper cover, making room and driving inside out through cover

6.4

Woodcock to Mutizwa, 1 run, nudged off the front foot towards midwicket

6.5

Woodcock to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor does a bit of a dash down the track and gives this a good thump, there is a man at long off

6.6

Woodcock to Mutizwa, 1 run, pushed to mid on for one

End of over 7 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 39/2 (RR: 5.57)
F Mutizwa    13* (12b 1x4)      LJ Woodcock    1-0-5-0
BRM Taylor    8* (11b 1x4)      JDP Oram    1-0-9-0

Ryan: "Its not just the batting with some serious depth, did you notice Ross Taylor is the only non-bowling option that isn't a keeper?"

7.1

Oram to Mutizwa, 1 run, comes slowly off the deck but some width outside off, he slices it to third man

7.2

Oram to Taylor, no run, shuffles across and gets outside the crease but is tucked up for room with one that is angled in, can only block

7.3

Oram to Taylor, no run, slows it down considerably and it hardly gets up as Taylor lines up the pull, rolls under his swing

7.4

Oram to Taylor, 2 runs, fetches the pull from a long way outside off now, but mistimes it and the man at deep midwicket gets to it

7.5

Oram to Taylor, 1 run, he is shuffling and standing almost outside off eyeing midwicket but Oram follow him there and he dinks it close to the stumps for one

7.6

Oram to Mutizwa, 1 run, Oram is dealing in slower ones here, this one is of the short kind and it rises loopily at the batsman who does not get any sort of timing on the attempted pull, falls near square leg

End of over 8 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 44/2 (RR: 5.50)
F Mutizwa    15* (14b 1x4)      JDP Oram    2-0-14-0
BRM Taylor    11* (15b 1x4)      LJ Woodcock    1-0-5-0

8.1

Woodcock to Mutizwa, 1 run, steps down the track but can only push in the air past extra cover as Woodcock pushes it through

8.2

Woodcock to Taylor, FOUR, this will go, short and wide outside off, Taylor hammers it and gets the placement to the right of sweeper cover

8.3

Woodcock to Taylor, 1 run, the shot was one again, but Taylor could not place it past sweeper cover

8.4

Woodcock to Mutizwa, OUT, gone leg before, Zimbabwe are stuttering, got a long way across but it missed one that straightened from wide of the crease to catch him in front, even as the appeal was on, Taylor took off for a run, Brendon got to the ball and threw it towards the bowler, even as Woodcock was getting rid of the bails, the umpire finally gave Mutizwa out

F Mutizwa lbw b Woodcock 16 (16m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

8.5

Woodcock to Waller, no run, pushed defensively off the front foot

8.6

Woodcock to Waller, 1 run, almost another run out but Taylor makes it at the striker's end attempting a sharp run

End of over 9 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 51/3 (RR: 5.66)
MN Waller    1* (2b)      LJ Woodcock    2-0-12-1
BRM Taylor    16* (17b 2x4)      JDP Oram    2-0-14-0

Nick: "Taylor can definitely bowl a few offies and even B McCullum rolls his arm over a few times. Blackcaps are a team of bowlers!!" Nathan to bowl

9.1

NL McCullum to Waller, 1 run, shovelled through square leg off the pad

9.2

NL McCullum to Taylor, FOUR, Taylor takes on Nathan and swings him through midwicket, picked it up from well outside off, did not get the elevation he was looking for but still got it in the gap

9.3

NL McCullum to Taylor, no run, played out towards midwicket

9.4

NL McCullum to Taylor, no run, comes down the track but Nathan tucks him up with one fired in and he pushes it back

9.5

NL McCullum to Taylor, no run, Nathan coming back well after the boundary, Taylor cannot find any space on the leg side with a nudge

9.6

NL McCullum to Taylor, 1 run, finally hits it down to long on for one

End of over 10 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 57/3 (RR: 5.70)
BRM Taylor    21* (22b 3x4)      NL McCullum    1-0-6-0
MN Waller    2* (3b)      LJ Woodcock    2-0-12-1

10.1

Woodcock to Taylor, 3 runs, fine save on the deep extra cover boundary, super shot from Taylor as he charges out and lofts pleasingly over the off side infield inside out

10.2

Woodcock to Waller, no run, very full one, he digs it back down the track

10.3

Woodcock to Waller, 1 run, shuffles and gets lot of bat on the flick in front of square leg, for one

10.4

Woodcock to Taylor, 1 run, quicker one pushed through, slides in, he manages to tickle it towards square leg

10.5

Woodcock to Waller, 1 run, holds it up in the air, much slower, he pushes at it and gets it through point

10.6

Woodcock to Taylor, 1 run, slapped through extra cover for a single

End of over 11 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 64/3 (RR: 5.81)
BRM Taylor    26* (25b 3x4)      LJ Woodcock    3-0-19-1
MN Waller    4* (6b)      NL McCullum    1-0-6-0

11.1

NL McCullum to Taylor, 1 run, leaves the crease again, the trajectory is too flat and he whips it towards midwicket

11.2

NL McCullum to Waller, SIX, Waller launches this one over deep midwicket, helpful low full toss, he goes down on a knee and hammers it off the middle of the blade

11.3

NL McCullum to Waller, no run, dabbed on the off side

over the stumps now

11.4

NL McCullum to Waller, no run, tries to pick him up from outside off, cannot get enough under the ball, and it loops half way down the track

11.5

NL McCullum to Waller, OUT, Waller finds deep square leg, bends the knee and swings well with the turn but picks out the man in the deep, the shot went a bit too flat in the air

MN Waller c Woodcock b NL McCullum 10 (9m 10b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

Coventry is in

11.6

NL McCullum to Taylor, 1 run, full one worked down to long on with the turn

End of over 12 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 72/4 (RR: 6.00)
BRM Taylor    28* (27b 3x4)      NL McCullum    2-0-14-1
CK Coventry    0* (0b)      LJ Woodcock    3-0-19-1

Franklin, winner of the Champions League, comes on

12.1

Franklin to Taylor, 1 no ball, starts with a no ball, decent delivery though, full and angled outside off, he dabs it softy on the off side

12.1

Franklin to Taylor, 1 run, can't do anything with the free hit, Taylor has a swing across the line and gets hit on the pad as Franklin slows it down

12.2

Franklin to Coventry, 1 run, slapped towards point for one

12.3

Franklin to Taylor, FOUR, that is a very fine shot, he has played some well-timed ones today, places front foot down the track, Franklin slants it across and Taylor lifts it straight over the bowler

12.4

Franklin to Taylor, (no ball) 1 run, driven neatly wide of extra cover for one, Franklin bowls another no-ball

12.4

Franklin to Coventry, no run, now Coventry misses out off the free hit, goes too hard at it and misses the swing completely, getting hit on the pad

12.5

Franklin to Coventry, no run, he's let this one go outside off after making some room and shaping up to have a go at it

12.6

Franklin to Coventry, 1 run, tentatively prods and edges a slower one towards point for a single

End of over 13 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 82/4 (RR: 6.30)
CK Coventry    2* (4b)      JEC Franklin    1-0-10-0
BRM Taylor    34* (31b 4x4)      NL McCullum    2-0-14-1

13.1

Mills to Coventry, 1 run, is cramped for room with one that homes in on leg stump, manages to push it with a straight bat past the non-striker

13.2

Mills to Taylor, no run, opens the face and looks for a single, but stops immediately as he finds point advancing on the ball

13.3

Mills to Taylor, 1 run, cannot get hold of this pitched up ball, swings it along the ground to long on

13.4

Mills to Coventry, no run, well bowled, finds lots of bounce from back of a length, Coventry hops looks to slap it through extra cover from the crease, the bounce beats him

13.5

Mills to Coventry, no run, shuffles across, trying to make some room, but Mills gets it dead straight, has to block

13.6

Mills to Coventry, 1 run, driven down to long off, only a single

End of over 14 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 85/4 (RR: 6.07)
CK Coventry    4* (8b)      KD Mills    4-0-15-2
BRM Taylor    35* (33b 4x4)      JEC Franklin    1-0-10-0

14.1

Woodcock to Coventry, 1 run, full one fired in from wide of the crease, he almost falls over as he nudges it towards square leg

14.2

Woodcock to Taylor, 1 run, swung without any timing towards square leg

14.3

Woodcock to Coventry, FOUR, speared in on leg stump and an inside edge ruins what was a good ball, gets him four fine on the leg side

14.4

Woodcock to Coventry, no run, beaten outside off as Woodcock shifts the line

14.5

Woodcock to Coventry, 1 run, had Woodcock collected the ball, Coventry was gone even though he put in the dive, they had gone for the single with a push to extra cover

14.6

Woodcock to Taylor, FOUR, Taylor ruins Woodcock's over further with a superbly placed shot that comfortably beats sweeper cover

End of over 15 (11 runs) Zimbabwe 96/4 (RR: 6.40)
BRM Taylor    40* (35b 5x4)      LJ Woodcock    4-0-30-1
CK Coventry    10* (12b 1x4)      KD Mills    4-0-15-2

15.1

NL McCullum to Coventry, OUT, Coverntry has holed out to extra cover, charged out looking for the straight boundary, Nathan pushed it quick and flat, and he mistimed it high towards extra cover who settled under it

CK Coventry c Taylor b NL McCullum 10 (15m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 76.92

15.2

NL McCullum to Taylor, no run, Nathan saves the single with a scrambling dive to his right

15.3

NL McCullum to Taylor, 1 run, full delivery clipped past a diving midwicket

15.4

NL McCullum to Chigumbura, 1 run, that kept a tad low, he stayed back and worked it towards midwicket

15.5

NL McCullum to Taylor, no run, Nathan saves yet another single with a dash to his right, this full toss was pushed pretty firmly but he got a hand to it, and Taylor had to get back

15.6

NL McCullum to Taylor, 1 run, fired in the blockhole, he gets bat down and jams it away on the leg side

End of over 16 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 99/5 (RR: 6.18)
BRM Taylor    42* (39b 5x4)      NL McCullum    3-0-17-2
E Chigumbura    1* (1b)      LJ Woodcock    4-0-30-1

16.1

Bracewell to Taylor, (no ball) 1 run, drives a full delivery floated up wide outside off to sweeper cover, another no-ball from NZ

16.1

Bracewell to Chigumbura, 2 runs, opens up, goes deep in the crease and swings a full delivery through midwicket, the man in the deep gets to it

16.2

Bracewell to Chigumbura, 2 runs, clipped through midwicket, Williamson fumbles as he runs across from long on and Taylor comes back for two

16.3

Bracewell to Chigumbura, 2 runs, Elton has arrived and started finding the gaps right away, this time he drives a full one well wide of sweeper cover who has to put in a slide to stop it

16.4

Bracewell to Chigumbura, no run, well done, bends the knees and easily gets out of the line of a short ball slanted in

16.5

Bracewell to Chigumbura, no run, another short one, Elton was late in getting out of the way, got the bat down and let it sail past in the end

16.6

Bracewell to Chigumbura, no run, gets away with one that had some width on it, Elton cranks up but finds extra cover with the drive

End of over 17 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 107/5 (RR: 6.29)
E Chigumbura    7* (7b)      DAJ Bracewell    3-0-21-0
BRM Taylor    43* (40b 5x4)      NL McCullum    3-0-17-2

Brendon is keeping without the keeper's pads, what a star

17.1

Oram to Taylor, 2 runs, walks across and scoops a slow back of a length ball wide of long leg for two

17.2

Oram to Taylor, 1 run, short from Oram but hardly gets up off the deck and Taylor cannot find placement on the pull, hits it straight to deep midwicket

17.3

Oram to Chigumbura, 2 runs, another slower one dug in outside off, Elton waits for a long time for it to arrive and slaps it, but point takes pace off it with a dive

17.4

Oram to Chigumbura, no run, he was setting himself up for the big shot but Oram hurried him into a defensive push with a quicker one angled in on the stumps

17.5

Oram to Chigumbura, 1 run, full delivery but he can only push it down to long on

17.6

Oram to Taylor, 1 run, again Oram does not give even an inch worth of width, tucked in front of square leg

End of over 18 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 114/5 (RR: 6.33)
BRM Taylor    47* (43b 5x4)      JDP Oram    3-0-21-0
E Chigumbura    10* (10b)      DAJ Bracewell    3-0-21-0

18.1

Bracewell to Taylor, 1 run, gets it very full outside off and Taylor does not get much bat on it as he swings down to long on

18.2

Bracewell to Chigumbura, no run, lines up the midwicket boundary with a big heave but Bracewell bowls it pretty wide outside off and Elton cannot get bat to it

18.3

Bracewell to Chigumbura, no run, this is a tight over so far, gets it right in the blockhole a foot outside off, and elton can only dig it out

18.4

Bracewell to Chigumbura, FOUR, Bracewell does not get it full enough by some inches, the line is just outside off and Elton instantly tees off over the bowler

18.5

Bracewell to Chigumbura, no run, Bracewell bowls another well-directed short ball that comes in to Elton who cannot find any connection with a belatedly-attempted pull

18.6

Bracewell to Chigumbura, OUT, Elton has lifted this one high and straight to Ross Taylor at extra cover, it was a low full toss but he got too much underneath it and scooped it up in the air as he tried to go down the ground

E Chigumbura c Taylor b Bracewell 14 (16m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 93.33

End of over 19 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 119/6 (RR: 6.26)
     DAJ Bracewell    4-0-26-1
BRM Taylor    48* (44b 5x4)      JDP Oram    3-0-21-0

19.1

Oram to Chakabva, no run, swing and a miss to a wide one outside off

19.2

Oram to Chakabva, no run, backs away and has a slog but it rolls off the underedge to Oram who sends the batsman scurrying back with a throw, that misses in the end

19.3

Oram to Chakabva, OUT, Chakabva walks, he has bent the knee and had one last go at Oram, only finding an underedge on this length ball on its way to Brendon

RW Chakabva c †BB McCullum b Oram 0 (1m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

19.4

Oram to Utseya, 1 run, Oram is all over Zimbabwe, he bowls a slow short one outside off that is dropped softly for a single, runs towards the ball, turns around and fires in the throw, hitting the non-striker's end, the batsman was in by that time

19.5

Oram to Taylor, 1 wide, he has banged in the short ball halfway up the track and it has climbed too high and sailed over the batsman

19.5

Oram to Taylor, 2 runs, fifty for Taylor with a couple on the off side, a fumble allows the second, he is the reason they have managed to get past 100 with his team-mates holing out all around the field

19.6

Oram to Taylor, OUT, Oram finally has his run-out, Taylor threw his bat at a low full toss, but Oram's big frame got down and stopped the ball, he recovered well to lob the ball on to the non-striker's stumps, catching Utseya well out of his ground

P Utseya run out 1 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Johnny: "Apart from the captaining Taylors, this match has Kyle & Kyle, Brendon & Brendan, James (Franklin), Martin James (Guptill) & Luke James (Woodcock) and Vettori's look-a-like Charles Coventry. Oram and Mills both have the second name David and Brendan Taylor's second name is Ross, just like NZ's Ross Taylor. Also: jarvis and Waller share the name Malcolm and Franklin's third initial is for the same as Coventry's first: Charles. Did I miss anything?" Incredible, wait, let me get through the entire list first

This should not trouble New Zealand too much, Zimbabwe failing to find any acceleration with all those wickets falling. New Zealand utilising the slowness of the wicket well with an assortment of slower ones and slow bouncers.

End of over 20 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 123/8
BRM Taylor    50* (46b 5x4)      JDP Oram    4-0-25-1
     DAJ Bracewell    4-0-26-1
Series Results
Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Harare - Oct 17, 2011
New Zealand won by 34 runs (D/L method)
Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Harare - Oct 15, 2011
New Zealand won by 10 wickets (with 39 balls remaining)
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Oct 15, 2011

Brendon McCullum celebrates his half-century, Zimbabwe v New Zealand, 1st Twenty20 international, Harare

Brendon McCullum celebrates his half-century

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Oct 15, 2011

Brendan Taylor made a fluent half-century, Zimbabwe v New Zealand, 1st Twenty20 international, Harare

Brendan Taylor made a fluent half-century

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