New Zealand in Zimbabwe ODI Series - 3rd ODI

Zimbabwe v New Zealand

Zimbabwe won by 1 wicket (with 1 ball remaining)

26.5

Nicol to Waller, no run, flighted outside off, defended back to him

26.6

Nicol to Waller, no run, short of a length, pushed to leg, Taibu sends him back because the ball has gone close to that man Nathan

Zimbabwe 164/4   MN Waller 0* (2b)

27.2

McKay to Waller, 1 run, pushes wide of cover for one

27.4

McKay to Waller, 2 runs, soft hands again, wide of long-on, they come back for two

27.5

McKay to Waller, 1 run, steered wide of the wide slip for one

Zimbabwe 170/4   MN Waller 4* (5b)

28.1

Nicol to Waller, no run, tossed up outside off, slow through the air, turns a bit, defended to cover

28.2

Nicol to Waller, no run, another forward-defensive

28.3

Nicol to Waller, no run, full, middle and leg, hit back to the bowler

28.4

Nicol to Waller, no run, length ball, turning in towards middle and off, pushed to point

28.5

Nicol to Waller, no run, forward-defensive, gets a thick edge to gully, on the bounce

28.6

Nicol to Waller, 1 run, defended to wide of cover for a single

Zimbabwe 173/4   MN Waller 5* (11b)

29.1

McKay to Waller, 1 wide, length ball wide outside off, angles further away, beats the drive, called a wide

29.1

McKay to Waller, no run, closer to off, opens the face on this, can't beat point

29.2

McKay to Waller, no run, looks to punch this square, is beaten by the angle. A slip waits

29.3

McKay to Waller, FOUR, length, on leg, Waller flicks him over midwicket. Waller needed that after a string of dot balls

29.4

McKay to Waller, FOUR, short and wide, and smashed away. That's a whip of a cut. Between point and cover-point. That 7-2 field is making him bowl wide of off

29.5

McKay to Waller, 1 run, driven with an open face, gets a single to sweeper-cover

Zimbabwe 183/4   MN Waller 14* (16b 2x4)

30.1

Nicol to Waller, no run, short of a length, pushed to cover

30.2

Nicol to Waller, 1 run, moves across the line, gets inside the line, works this square for a single

Zimbabwe 184/5   MN Waller 15* (18b 2x4)

31.1

Woodcock to Waller, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, punched away square for a single

31.6

Woodcock to Waller, FOUR, another lovely chip shot, Zimbabwe have done really well with this shot. He stays his ground, gets a full delivery, gets under it, and lofts it over extra cover

Zimbabwe 190/5   MN Waller 20* (20b 3x4)

32.2

Nicol to Waller, 1 run, flighted outside off, pushed wide of cover for a single

Zimbabwe 192/5   MN Waller 21* (21b 3x4)

33.3

Oram to Waller, no run, looks to run this short-of-a-length fine, it beats the open face, and misses the off stump not by much

33.4

Oram to Waller, 1 run, gets bat on this for a single to third man

Zimbabwe 201/5   MN Waller 22* (23b 3x4)

34.1

Nicol to Waller, 1 run, length, on the pads, worked away for a single

34.3

Nicol to Waller, 2 runs, slower through the air, this is worked wide of deep square, and they take a second on the throw

34.4

Nicol to Waller, SIX, overpitched outside off, Waller goes over midwicket. The game is alive still. Clean connection, well over midwicket

34.5

Nicol to Waller, no run, defends this one to off

34.6

Nicol to Waller, 1 run, pushes this one through, Waller opens the face at the last moment, gets a single to cover

Zimbabwe 212/5   MN Waller 32* (28b 3x4 1x6)

35.1

Oram to Waller, no run, misses the yorker by inches, pushed to short midwicket

35.2

Oram to Waller, FOUR, Lovely stroke, straight from a Test match. Half-volley on off, caresses it between cover and extra cover

35.3

Oram to Waller, 1 run, short of a length, looks to dab it, gets an inside edge towards the keeper, takes the quick single, Watling's overthrow finds mid-off

Zimbabwe 217/5   MN Waller 37* (31b 4x4 1x6)

36.3

Aldridge to Waller, FOUR, yorker on off, squeezes it out, it is timed really well, but Williamson dives all over it at point. That's minus three on his fielding scorecard

36.4

Aldridge to Waller, no run, punched on the up, can't beat Ryder at backward point

36.5

Aldridge to Waller, 2 runs, slower ball, middle and leg, soft hands, pushes between the two leg-side deep men, comes back for two

36.6

Aldridge to Waller, 1 run, driven to mid-off who is at the edge of the circle, and they take the single

Zimbabwe 230/5   MN Waller 44* (35b 5x4 1x6)

37.1

McKay to Waller, 2 runs, length ball outside off, driven past the diving Guptill at cover

37.2

McKay to Waller, 1 run, dropped by Taylor. He didn't pick it. This could have been a story he would gladly narrate at bars. Once upon a time we were struggling to defend 329, I moved into the slip in the 39th over, and that catch turned the game. Except I didn't pick the ball and dropped it. Sorry, Andy

Zimbabwe 233/5   MN Waller 47* (37b 5x4 1x6)

38.1

NL McCullum to Waller, 1 run, flighted outside off, pushed into the covers

38.3

NL McCullum to Waller, (no ball) 1 run, McCullum oversteps. That's a sin. Short too, pulled into the leg side

38.5

NL McCullum to Waller, 1 run, moves across to get inside the line of a full delivery, but finds short fine leg. What a fifty this is for Waller

Zimbabwe 247/5   MN Waller 50* (40b 5x4 1x6)

39.1

McKay to Waller, no run, short of a length, on off, beaten as he looks to run this down

39.2

McKay to Waller, FOUR, loose delivery, full, on the pads, nicely glanced away for a fine boundary

39.3

McKay to Waller, no run, short of a length, pushed to point, Waller sends Elton back, Ryder misses. Would have made it anyway

39.4

McKay to Waller, 1 run, short of a length, on the pads, worked away for a single to deep square

39.6

McKay to Waller, FOUR, another lovely shot, riskless too. Length ball, on off, he stands still and lofts it over mid-off. That's 10 off the over without a shot in anger. Looking easy now

Zimbabwe 263/5   MN Waller 59* (45b 7x4 1x6)

40.2

Aldridge to Waller, 2 runs, placed between deep square and fine leg for two

40.3

Aldridge to Waller, 1 run, short of a length, on off, drops and runs

40.5

Aldridge to Waller, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, punched away to sweeper-cover for one

Zimbabwe 269/5   MN Waller 63* (48b 7x4 1x6)

41.1

McKay to Waller, 1 run, yorker outside off, squeezed out to deep point for one

41.5

McKay to Waller, FOUR, lovely shot, Zimbabwe are running away with it. Half-volley on the pads, he plays the pick-up over midwicket - the partnership is now 100 off 72

41.6

McKay to Waller, 1 run, wide outside off, driven to sweeper-cover for one

Zimbabwe 284/5   MN Waller 69* (51b 8x4 1x6)

42.1

Aldridge to Waller, 1 run, short of a lenght, on off, opens the face for an easy single

42.4

Aldridge to Waller, no run, short of a length, punched away square, but straight to cover-point. There are four men on the cover ring to save ones

42.5

Aldridge to Waller, 2 runs, steered to the right of third man, and they steal the second

42.6

Aldridge to Waller, 1 run, length ball, chipped down to long-on for one

Zimbabwe 289/5   MN Waller 73* (55b 8x4 1x6)

43.1

Oram to Waller, 1 run, short of a length, on off, pushed wide of point for a single

43.3

Oram to Waller, 1 run, pushed to deep point for another single, that's all they need

43.5

Oram to Waller, 1 run, the nervous moment arrives. Pushed to cover. Waller wants one, then he doesn't want it. Then he wants it, by then Elton is not interested. Even this, though, gets them an overthrow

Zimbabwe 294/5   MN Waller 76* (58b 8x4 1x6)

44.1

Woodcock to Waller, 1 run, length ball on the pads, worked away for a single

Zimbabwe 296/6   MN Waller 77* (59b 8x4 1x6)

45.1

Oram to Waller, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, pushed behind square for one

45.6

Oram to Waller, 2 runs, length ball on off, played with an open face, to the left of deep point, comes back for two. Not farming the strike. He is telling Natsai he trusts him. The ball now is in Natsai's court

Zimbabwe 300/7   MN Waller 80* (61b 8x4 1x6)

46.3

Woodcock to Waller, no run, quick ball, he misses on the flick, hit on the pad

46.4

Woodcock to Waller, 1 run, works this away fine, Ryder makes a diving save to his right, at short fine leg

Zimbabwe 308/7   MN Waller 81* (63b 8x4 1x6)

47.1

Aldridge to Waller, 1 run, short of a length, cut away to sweeper-cover, New Zealand won't mind the single

47.3

Aldridge to Waller, FOUR, Waller keeps the game alive. Short and wide, he goes for the upper-cut, deliberately to miss point. Is he the iron man?

47.4

Aldridge to Waller, FOUR, Waller moves into the 90s, the crowd find back their voice and their moves. This is turning out to be a poor over. Length ball on the pads with short fine leg up. Waller says thank you very much and flicks him over that man

47.5

Aldridge to Waller, 1 run, full and straight now, hit to long-on, gives Price just the one ball to survive

Zimbabwe 319/8   MN Waller 91* (67b 10x4 1x6)

48.1

Woodcock to Waller, 1 wide, fired down the leg side, Watling does well to collect this. Target down in singe figures

48.1

Woodcock to Waller, no run, full on the pads, hit to Taylor at midwicket, Price is sent back, Taylor fires in a throw and misses. N McCullum runs from mid-off to back up and save one

48.2

Woodcock to Waller, 1 run, short of a length, punched away square for one

48.5

Woodcock to Waller, 2 runs, into the pads again, helped away to the left of short fine and to the right of deep square. Easy two. This is sensible stuff

48.6

Woodcock to Waller, 1 run, no, he has worked too hard to risk it in one low-percentage shot now. He pushes this to long-off for one, and keeps strike

Zimbabwe 325/8   MN Waller 95* (71b 10x4 1x6)

49.1

Oram to Waller, 2 runs, Taylor has put down a half chance and is down on his haunches. Slower short ball, mis-hit towards midwicket, high to Taylor's right, who leaps, outstretches his right hand, touches the ball, but can't hold onto it. What's more? He has parried it wide of long-on to allow the second

49.2

Oram to Waller, 1 run, Taylor has choked. He has dropped Waller thrice. This is a dolly. Taylor had just moved to short midwicket, and Waller hit straight at him. Out through the hands

49.5

Oram to Waller, 1 run, Waller does it as coolly as he has done in the rest of his innings. Short of a length, outside off, pushes it with an open face, past short cover, between point and cover-point, and yes they run like hell. I wonder if he thought of hitting a boundary to get the hundred? Who cares? Zimbabwe have won. Their biggest chase ever

Zimbabwe 329/9   MN Waller 99* (74b 10x4 1x6)
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