New Zealand in Zimbabwe T20I Series - 2nd T20I

Zimbabwe v New Zealand

New Zealand won by 34 runs (D/L method)

Mpofu runs in, a slip in place

No Taibu yet for Zimbabwe; they've brought in Chris Mpofu for Regis Chakabva. Forster Mutiza will keep wicket.

New Zealand have made two changes. Rob Nicol replaces Kane Williamson, and seamer Graeme Aldridge comes in for Kyle Mills, who bowled well in the previous match. I'm assuming he has a niggle or has been rested.

2.05 pm: Zimbabwe have won the toss and decided to field. The game will begin at 2.25pm local time.

1.55pm: Dirl Viljoen did the pitch report before the rain and he reckoned 160 was a bare minimum on this track. The rain would have changed a few things. We should have the toss soon, it seems. It's brightened up quite a bit.

1.50pm: Good news, the covers are coming off but we're not yet sure about the start time.

1.40pm: The rain has subsided but the covers are still on.

1.40pm local The news isn't good, I'm afraid. It's been raining and it's got a little heavier now. The players who had been warming up are leaving the field.

Hello and welcome to our coverage of the second Twenty20 International between Zimbabwe and New Zealand in Harare. New Zealand won the first game comfortably, but can Zimbabwe compete better in this one? We'll get you the details from the toss in a bit.

0.1

Mpofu to BB McCullum, no run, short of a good length outside off, leaves it alone to the keeper

0.2

Mpofu to BB McCullum, no run, banged it short on middle, the batsman ducks under it, a good bouncer

0.2

Mpofu to BB McCullum, no run, short of a good length on middle, rocks back and turns it to midwicket

0.3

Mpofu to BB McCullum, 2 runs, slung it towards middle and leg, chipped over midwicket into the deep for a couple of runs

0.4

Mpofu to BB McCullum, no run, back of a length outside off, punched off the back foot towards extra cover

Third man comes up, there is a short fine in place as well

0.5

Mpofu to BB McCullum, 1 leg bye, slightly short on leg stump, tries to turn it down fine but is struck on the pads

0.6

Mpofu to Guptill, 5 wides, back of a length and quick but down the leg side, Mutizwa doesn't get his body behind it either and concedes five wides

0.6

Mpofu to Guptill, no run, shortish on the off, gets back and knocks it down towards point

End of over 1 (8 runs) New Zealand 8/0 (RR: 8.00)
MJ Guptill    0* (1b)      CB Mpofu    1-0-7-0
BB McCullum    2* (5b)     

Kyle Jarvis to bowl

1.1

Jarvis to BB McCullum, 1 leg bye, appeal for lbw, looked really close, McCullum went after that straightish delivery on middle and leg, tried to flick it over square leg, missed and the fielders went up. It looked out to the naked eye, would have hot middle and leg it seemed but the umpire didn't think so. It hit the back leg

1.2

Jarvis to Guptill, no run

1.3

Jarvis to Guptill, 1 run, good length on the off, driven on the up wide of mid-off for a single

1.4

Jarvis to BB McCullum, no run, slower legcutter bowled on middle, driven towards midwicket

1.5

Jarvis to BB McCullum, SIX, beautifully clipped, repeats the shot he attempted earlier in the over, except this time he connects, in the slot on middle and leg and it's dispatched over the deep square leg boundary

1.6

Jarvis to BB McCullum, 1 run, a slower one bowled slightly short outside off, drops it into the leg side and steals a single

End of over 2 (9 runs) New Zealand 17/0 (RR: 8.50)
BB McCullum    9* (9b 1x6)      KM Jarvis    1-0-8-0
MJ Guptill    1* (3b)      CB Mpofu    1-0-7-0

2.1

Mpofu to BB McCullum, 1 leg bye, short of a good length on middle, tries to turn it to the leg side, is struck on the hip, steals a single

2.2

Mpofu to Guptill, no run, shortish on the off, drops it down towards point from the crease

2.3

Mpofu to Guptill, 1 wide, bowled it short outside leg and Guptill has a go at it but withdraws at the last moment, there's an appeal for caught-behind, Mpofu thinks he's gloved it but the umpire doesn't, didn't seem like it

2.3

Mpofu to Guptill, 1 run, short of a good length on middle, knocks it down into the leg side and steals a quick single

2.4

Mpofu to BB McCullum, SIX, connected well, was the slower ball, McCullum charged down the track and smashed it over deep midwicket, there is a fielder in place there but it evaded him

2.5

Mpofu to BB McCullum, no run

2.6

Mpofu to BB McCullum, 1 wide, banged it short outside leg stump, it's called a wide, another flying start for the New Zealanders here

2.6

Mpofu to BB McCullum, 1 run, shortish on middle, knocks it down gently into the leg side in front of square leg for a single

3.00pm We might be heading for a resumption now. The umpires are re-planting the stumps. Play will resume at 3.15pm.

3.10pm

2.55pm: The sun is out now, a bit of blue sky overhead. It was a quick shower but there's plenty of water on the ground.

2.40pm: So, after 15 minutes of play, we have some more rain and the players are walking off.

End of over 3 (11 runs) New Zealand 28/0 (RR: 9.33)
BB McCullum    16* (13b 2x6)      CB Mpofu    2-0-17-0
MJ Guptill    2* (5b)      KM Jarvis    1-0-8-0

Jarvis to resume

3.1

Jarvis to BB McCullum, 1 run, short of a good length on leg stump, pushed wide of midwicket for a single

3.2

Jarvis to Guptill, 1 no ball, goodish length outside off and moves away Guptill tries to strike him through the line, it's a no-ball and therefore a freehit is next

3.2

Jarvis to Guptill, FOUR, low full toss outside off and Guptill drags it uppishly wide of mid-on for a boundary, had got enough on it though it looked like he'd mistimed it

3.3

Jarvis to Guptill, FOUR, middled it this time, dropped it short outside off did Jarvis and Guptill hammered it past midwicket for four more

3.4

Jarvis to Guptill, 1 run, goodish length outside off, chopped it behind point for a single

3.5

Jarvis to BB McCullum, no run, slower one bowled full on the off, it's driven firmly back to the bowler

3.6

Jarvis to BB McCullum, 1 leg bye, short on middle and leg, swivels to whip it square but is struck on the thigh

End of over 4 (12 runs) New Zealand 40/0 (RR: 10.00)
BB McCullum    17* (16b 2x6)      KM Jarvis    2-0-19-0
MJ Guptill    11* (9b 2x4)      CB Mpofu    2-0-17-0

Three bowlers may bowl four overs each and two others three overs. Ray Price comes on

4.1

Price to BB McCullum, 1 run, angling towards leg stump, turned past square leg for a single

Over the wicket to Guptill

4.2

Price to Guptill, 1 wide, short and down the leg side, called a wide

4.2

Price to Guptill, no run, flighted on leg stump, pushed back towards the bowler

4.3

Price to Guptill, 1 run, flighted, senses a chance, comes down the track and swings it towards deep square leg, on the bounce

4.4

Price to BB McCullum, 3 runs, firing it on middle, McCullum comes down the track and chips it over extra cover, Taylor gives chase and almost makes a mess of it but manages to drag it in

4.5

Price to Guptill, no run, short on middle and turning towards off, run down towards point

4.6

Price to Guptill, 1 run, short on leg stump, whipped past square leg for a single

End of over 5 (7 runs) New Zealand 47/0 (RR: 9.40)
MJ Guptill    13* (13b 2x4)      RW Price    1-0-7-0
BB McCullum    21* (18b 2x6)      KM Jarvis    2-0-19-0

Elton Chigumbura comes on to bowl

5.1

Chigumbura to Guptill, FOUR, short and wide and it's cut away hard, past point to beat third man to the boundary

5.2

Chigumbura to Guptill, no run, yorker length outside off, dug out towards midwicket, called for a single but McCullum rightly sent him back

5.3

Chigumbura to Guptill, no run, angling in towards middle, gets across and turns it to midwicket

5.4

Chigumbura to Guptill, no run, dropped it short, was the slower one, rolls his wrists over that one and plays it to square leg

5.5

Chigumbura to Guptill, 1 run, aiming for the blockhole again, dug out past the bowler and towards long-on for a single

5.6

Chigumbura to BB McCullum, 1 run, seems him come down and fires a full toss, whipped towards deep square leg for a single

End of over 6 (6 runs) New Zealand 53/0 (RR: 8.83)
BB McCullum    22* (19b 2x6)      E Chigumbura    1-0-6-0
MJ Guptill    18* (18b 3x4)      RW Price    1-0-7-0

Prosper Utseya to bowl his offspinners now

6.1

Utseya to BB McCullum, no run, floating it on the off stump, turning in, gets forward and drops it on the off side

6.2

Utseya to BB McCullum, no run, slightly short as he seems him come down, punched back to the bowler

6.3

Utseya to BB McCullum, 2 runs, waiting for it to turn in is McCullum, paddles it over the keeper for a couple more

6.4

Utseya to BB McCullum, SIX, that's disappeared, tossed up, he came down the pitch and took it from the slot, launching it over wide long-on for a big one

6.5

Utseya to BB McCullum, 1 run, shortish on the off, gets across and punches it down to long-on for a single

6.6

Utseya to Guptill, 1 run, late-cuts that one towards short third man for a single

End of over 7 (10 runs) New Zealand 63/0 (RR: 9.00)
MJ Guptill    19* (19b 3x4)      P Utseya    1-0-10-0
BB McCullum    31* (24b 3x6)      E Chigumbura    1-0-6-0

7.1

Price to Guptill, no run, waits for it to turn away and guides it to short third man

7.2

Price to Guptill, no run, comes down the track and punches it back to the bowler

7.3

Price to Guptill, 1 run, short ball on leg stump, pulls it away to deep midwicket for a single

7.4

Price to BB McCullum, FOUR, found the gap, Price dropped it short, McCullum charged out, picked the length early and pulled it over midwicket for a boundary

7.5

Price to BB McCullum, 1 run, flighted on middle, turned past square leg for a single

7.6

Price to Guptill, 1 leg bye, fires it quick outside leg stump, that's where McCullum had been standing, tries to turn it away square but is struck on the pads

End of over 8 (7 runs) New Zealand 70/0 (RR: 8.75)
MJ Guptill    20* (23b 3x4)      RW Price    2-0-13-0
BB McCullum    36* (26b 1x4 3x6)      P Utseya    1-0-10-0

8.1

Utseya to Guptill, SIX, Guptill's turn this time, Utseya's giving air and they're taking full toll, comes down to the pitch and hits it with the turn over wide long-on on

8.2

Utseya to Guptill, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Guptill plays it down to point and there's an overthrow

8.3

Utseya to BB McCullum, 1 run, flighted on middle, pushed towards deep midwicket for a single

8.4

Utseya to Guptill, 3 runs, short outside off, turning in, cuts it past point for three runs into the deep

8.5

Utseya to BB McCullum, (no ball) SIX, will that be called a no-ball for height? Looked around waist high and he pulled it high and handsome over cow corner. It has been called a no-ball

8.5

Utseya to BB McCullum, no run, short on the off, pushed towards extra cover off the back foot

8.5

Utseya to BB McCullum, SIX, New Zealand are cruising here, comes down the track and wasn't entirely to the pitch for this one but went through with the shot and had the power to take it over the long-on boundary

End of over 9 (24 runs) New Zealand 94/0 (RR: 10.64)
BB McCullum    49* (30b 1x4 5x6)      P Utseya    2-0-34-0
MJ Guptill    30* (26b 3x4 1x6)      RW Price    2-0-13-0

Chigumbura comes back

9.1

Chigumbura to Guptill, 1 run, shortish outside off, knocks it down behind point for a single

9.2

Chigumbura to BB McCullum, 1 run, good length outside off, gets across and works it into the on side for a single to raise his second consecutive half-century

9.3

Chigumbura to Guptill, 1 wide, wide, way wide outside off and it's called

9.3

Chigumbura to Guptill, 2 runs, low full toss on middle, worked into that gap between long-on and midwicket for a couple of runs

9.4

Chigumbura to Guptill, FOUR, straying on the pads, fine leg is up, Guptill just tickles it past that fielder for four more, they're piling it on here

9.5

Chigumbura to Guptill, no run, short and wide and it's cut hard but uppishly and just short of point

These two put on a century stand in hte previous game as well

9.6

Chigumbura to Guptill, 2 runs, driven on the up wide of extra cover for a single but Taylor, who dives to his right and stops that well, concedes an overthrow

End of over 10 (11 runs) New Zealand 105/0 (RR: 10.50)
MJ Guptill    39* (31b 4x4 1x6)      E Chigumbura    2-0-17-0
BB McCullum    50* (31b 1x4 5x6)      P Utseya    2-0-34-0

Price to bowl

10.1

Price to BB McCullum, 2 runs, shortish on leg stump, whipped away towards deep square leg for a single

10.2

Price to BB McCullum, SIX, McCullum is unstoppable, charges down the track again, that one's bowled flat and slightly short but he's committed to the shot, hammers it over deep midwicket

10.3

Price to BB McCullum, 1 run, short, pulled away towards deep square leg for a single

10.4

Price to Guptill, 1 run, short again and it's pulled to deep midwicket for a single this time

10.5

Price to BB McCullum, FOUR, superbly done, full toss and he had picked his gap, reverse-swept it smartly from the leg stump past short third for four more

10.6

Price to BB McCullum, 1 run, dances down the track and drills it towards long-off for a single

End of over 11 (15 runs) New Zealand 120/0 (RR: 10.90)
BB McCullum    64* (36b 2x4 6x6)      RW Price    3-0-28-0
MJ Guptill    40* (32b 4x4 1x6)      E Chigumbura    2-0-17-0

Jarvis back into the attack

11.1

Jarvis to BB McCullum, OUT, bowled'im! Goes for the paddle scoop, it's a straight delivery on middle and he bent low and got out of the way to play it over short fine, didn't connect and it crashed into middle

BB McCullum b Jarvis 64 (46m 37b 2x4 6x6) SR: 172.97

Another entertaining innings from McCullum. New Zealand are bound to reach a formidable score with such a start

Jesse Ryder walks in

11.2

Jarvis to Ryder, 1 run, banged it short on middle, pulled all along the ground to deep square leg for a single

11.3

Jarvis to Guptill, 2 runs, short ball, cut away towards deep point, a fumble by Mpofu in the deep and they come back for the second

11.4

Jarvis to Guptill, 1 run, full on middle, driven down to long-on for a single

11.5

Jarvis to Ryder, 1 run, short of a good length outside off, tries to cream it on the up, gets a thick inside edge and sneaks a single

11.6

Jarvis to Guptill, 2 runs, full, yorker length on middle, digs it out wide of square leg and sensing that the fielder is deep enough, scrambles back for the second and makes it in time

End of over 12 (7 runs) New Zealand 127/1 (RR: 10.58)
MJ Guptill    45* (35b 4x4 1x6)      KM Jarvis    3-0-26-1
JD Ryder    2* (2b)      RW Price    3-0-28-0

12.1

Utseya to Ryder, 1 run, shortish on middle and off, punched to extra cover for a single

12.2

Utseya to Guptill, 1 run, full toss on the off, slapped wide of long-on for a single

12.3

Utseya to Ryder, no run, comes down the track and the bowler chases him, turned straight to midwicket

12.4

Utseya to Ryder, FOUR, long hop on leg stump, Jesse gets into position early and pulls him over square leg to find the ropes

12.5

Utseya to Ryder, 1 run, chipped past the bowler to long-on for a single

12.6

Utseya to Guptill, FOUR, wide open spaces in the field, another full toss from Utseya and he's smashed it over midwicket for a one bounce four, raises his half-century

End of over 13 (11 runs) New Zealand 138/1 (RR: 10.61)
MJ Guptill    50* (37b 5x4 1x6)      P Utseya    3-0-45-0
JD Ryder    8* (6b 1x4)      KM Jarvis    3-0-26-1

Ray Price bowls

13.1

Price to Ryder, no run, shortish on middle from round the wicket, punched off the back foot to midwicket

13.2

Price to Ryder, FOUR, Price gets into the act now, comes down the track and lofts him inside out over extra cover for a boundary

13.3

Price to Ryder, 1 run, pushed off the back foot to long-on for a single

13.4

Price to Guptill, no run, dropped it short on middle, pulled away to midwicket

13.5

Price to Guptill, 1 leg bye, tossed up outside leg stump, tries to sweep it down fine, comes off the pad

13.6

Price to Ryder, 1 run, shortish on the off, cut behind point for a single to keep strike

End of over 14 (7 runs) New Zealand 145/1 (RR: 10.35)
JD Ryder    14* (10b 2x4)      RW Price    4-0-34-0
MJ Guptill    50* (39b 5x4 1x6)      P Utseya    3-0-45-0

14.1

Chibhabha to Ryder, 2 runs, short of a good length, punched wide of deep cover for a couple of runs

14.2

Chibhabha to Ryder, 1 run, short on middle, pulled towards deep square leg for one more

14.3

Chibhabha to Guptill, 1 run, full on the pads, flicked away towards deep square leg for one more

14.4

Chibhabha to Ryder, 1 run, slower one bowled full on the pads, chipped to deep midwicket for a single, 150 up

14.5

Chibhabha to Guptill, no run, short outside off, goes for the pull but doesn't connect, was aiming at midwicket but missed

14.6

Chibhabha to Guptill, FOUR, poor bowling, slower one and it's short on leg stump, Guptill helps it on its way over short fine leg for a boundary

End of over 15 (9 runs) New Zealand 154/1 (RR: 10.26)
MJ Guptill    55* (42b 6x4 1x6)      CJ Chibhabha    1-0-9-0
JD Ryder    18* (13b 2x4)      RW Price    4-0-34-0

Chris Mpofu into the attack

15.1

Mpofu to Ryder, no run, appeal for caught-behind, Jesse attempts the paddle-scoop over short fine but misses, it just goes over the stumps but difficult to determine if there was a nick

15.2

Mpofu to Ryder, FOUR, poor line, on the pads, short and slow and he whips it comfortably over short fine

15.3

Mpofu to Ryder, 1 run, goes for the paddle scoop once more but doesn't get hold, the umpire reckons he got an inside edge there

15.4

Mpofu to Guptill, 2 runs, banged in short on the off, pulled wide of long-on for a brace

15.5

Mpofu to Guptill, SIX, six, that's punished, short outside off and it's shovelled over the deep midwicket boundary for a flat six

15.6

Mpofu to Guptill, FOUR, length ball and he gets it over the bowler's head, picks it off a length and launches it wide of long-off for a one bounce four

End of over 16 (17 runs) New Zealand 171/1 (RR: 10.68)
MJ Guptill    67* (45b 7x4 2x6)      CB Mpofu    3-0-34-0
JD Ryder    23* (16b 3x4)      CJ Chibhabha    1-0-9-0

Jarvis to bowl

16.1

Jarvis to Ryder, 1 run, full outside off, Ryder makes room and steers it to deep point for a single

16.2

Jarvis to Guptill, OUT, length ball and he tries to swing that over midwicket but it's miscued, gets a leading edge and he holes out to long-off

MJ Guptill c Chibhabha b Jarvis 67 (68m 46b 7x4 2x6) SR: 145.65

Guptill falls after another impressive innings. New Zealand have a huge score here. Ross Taylor's the new man

16.3

Jarvis to Ryder, 1 run, turned away towards deep midwicket for a single

16.4

Jarvis to Taylor, 1 run, swinging in, full on middle, pushed down to long-on for a single

16.5

Jarvis to Ryder, (no ball) 1 run, aiming for a yorker again, plays it away past midwicket for a single, right length but he's overstepped according to the umpire, though that looked a little tight, freehit time nevertheless

16.5

Jarvis to Taylor, FOUR, in the slot for Taylor, it's pitched up and it's absolutely creamed through extra cover for four more

16.6

Jarvis to Taylor, 1 run, low full toss, pushed towards midwicket who's a little deep and they come back for the second

End of over 17 (10 runs) New Zealand 181/2 (RR: 10.64)
LRPL Taylor    6* (3b 1x4)      KM Jarvis    4-0-36-2
JD Ryder    26* (19b 3x4)      CB Mpofu    3-0-34-0

Mpofu to finish off

17.1

Mpofu to Ryder, no run, well bowled, got it right, in the blockhole outside off, Ryder made room to hit that but couldn't make contact

17.2

Mpofu to Ryder, 2 runs, well bowled again, fullish, pushed down the ground for a couple more runs wide of long-off

The last ball of the Jarvis over - the umpire called one-short.

17.3

Mpofu to Ryder, 1 run, clipped towards deep square leg for a single

17.4

Mpofu to Taylor, 1 run, full toss and Taylor's eyes light up, but he can't get it away, just a single to deep square leg

17.5

Mpofu to Ryder, 1 run, nicely done, low full toss again, Ryder can't do much about it, gets a thick inside edge and just the single

17.6

Mpofu to Taylor, 1 run, OUT, good stuff, almost in the blockhole outside off, can only strike it to long-off, Taylor attempts an impossible second but Coventry returns a good throw and Mutizwa does the rest

LRPL Taylor run out 8 (7m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 160.00

New Zealand have set up a formidable score here, thanks largely to that opening stand. Zimbabwe will need more than ten an over in the chase, it's a daunting task. Join us in a bit for the chase.

End of over 18 (6 runs) New Zealand 187/3
     CB Mpofu    4-0-40-0
JD Ryder    30* (23b 3x4)      KM Jarvis    4-0-36-2
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 17, 2011

Nathan McCullum claims a return catch, Zimbabwe v New Zealand, 2nd Twenty20, Harare, October 17, 2011

Nathan McCullum claims a return catch

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Oct 17, 2011

Elton Chigumbura walks off after a rapid 39, Zimbabwe v New Zealand, 2nd Twenty20, Harare, October 17, 2011

Elton Chigumbura walks off after a rapid 39

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