New Zealand in Zimbabwe ODI Series - 3rd ODI

Zimbabwe v New Zealand

Zimbabwe won by 1 wicket (with 1 ball remaining)

0.1

Meth to Nicol, no run, starts with a length ball on off, slight shape away, pushed away to cover

0.2

Meth to Nicol, 1 wide, big wide down the leg side

0.2

Meth to Nicol, OUT, Diamond duck for Watling. Nicol has sold him down the river. Pushes to short midwicket, takes three-four solid strides down the wicket, and then says no. Watling has nowhere to go but to hope that Waller misses. Waller hits the stumps direct

BJ Watling run out 0 (3m 0b 0x4 0x6) SR: -

0.3

Meth to Nicol, 1 wide, wide outside off now, swinging too far away

0.3

Meth to Nicol, no run, half-volley outside off, driven down to mid-off

0.4

Meth to Nicol, no run, defended with an open face

0.5

Meth to Nicol, no run, length ball outside off, pushes forward and defends to cover

0.6

Meth to Nicol, no run, slowish delivery, length, on off, defended off the front foot

New Zealand 2/1   RJ Nicol 0* (6b)

1.5

Ncube to Nicol, FOUR, short and wide, cut away in front of point. Finds the gap superbly

1.6

Ncube to Nicol, no run, left alone outside off

New Zealand 7/1   RJ Nicol 4* (8b 1x4)

2.4

Meth to Nicol, no run, tries the inswinger this time, full it is, and is pushed to cover

2.5

Meth to Nicol, FOUR, eased away for four. A wide swinging half-volley, Nicol presses half-forward and caressed between mid-off and extra cover. Not only does he look like Guptill, he also drives like him

2.6

Meth to Nicol, 1 run, gets a thick edge to third man on this drive

New Zealand 17/1   RJ Nicol 9* (11b 2x4)

3.1

Ncube to Nicol, no run, Nicol charges at him, swats across the line, and is lucky to make no contact with this short-of-a-length ball

3.2

Ncube to Nicol, no run, stays in the crease this time, the ball skids onto him, defended to leg

3.3

Ncube to Nicol, 1 run, worked away off the hip for one

3.5

Ncube to Nicol, no run, short of a length, middle and leg, pushed to midwicket

3.6

Ncube to Nicol, no run, stays short of a length, on off, no room, defended

New Zealand 19/1   RJ Nicol 10* (16b 2x4)

5.1

Ncube to Nicol, FOUR, short of a length, on the pads, and Nicol plays a Guptill-like pick-up pull. I want somebody to trace back to their early days, and see why Guptill and Nicol look like each other

5.2

Ncube to Nicol, no run, stays short of a length, but corrects the line. Defended just outside off

5.3

Ncube to Nicol, OUT, lovely catch by Sibanda to give Ncube a maiden ODI wicket. Not that this is what you can call a fielder's wicket alone. Ncube stays short of a length even as Nicol charges at him, the bounce and the line cramp him up, and he ends up slicing it square on the off side. Sibanda runs back from point - turns around and runs - and takes it over his shoulder

RJ Nicol c Sibanda b Ncube 14 (26m 19b 3x4 0x6) SR: 73.68

New Zealand 25/2   RJ Nicol 14 (19b 3x4)
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