New Zealand in Zimbabwe ODI Series - 3rd ODI

Zimbabwe v New Zealand

Zimbabwe won by 1 wicket (with 1 ball remaining)

1.1

Ncube to BB McCullum, no run, short of a length, quick, into the ribs, beats him for the pace. That's a good start

1.2

Ncube to BB McCullum, no run, stays short of a length, pushed to cover

1.3

Ncube to BB McCullum, no run, good pace, outside off, left alone, the keeper collects in front of his chest

1.4

Ncube to BB McCullum, 1 run, another chance for a run-out. Sibanda makes a diving save at point, there is confusion between the batsmen, but Sibanda loses the ball just as he is about to throw

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   N Ncube 1-0-5-0

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

3.4

Ncube to BB McCullum, 1 run, shaping up to pull, the ball doesn't come on, ends up hitting a two-handed forehand wide of mid-off

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   N Ncube 2-0-7-0

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

5.4

Ncube to BB McCullum, FOUR, McCullum is not erring on the side of caution. Not just as yet. This is short and wide, doesn't quite come on, but he cuts it in front of square. Over the infield

5.5

Ncube to BB McCullum, FOUR, a more orthodox cut shot, but just as brutal. This time he waits for it and cuts it over point

5.6

Ncube to BB McCullum, no run, length ball outside off, pushes forward to defend this back to the bowler

New Zealand 33/2   N Ncube 3-0-19-1

7.1

Ncube to BB McCullum, OUT, that's a ripper, lovely bowling from the debutant. Short of a length outside off, kicks off and holds its line. McCullum is drawn into pushng at it, and is done in by the straightening of the ball. Huge appeal right away, McCullum doesn't walk, but the umpire sends him on his way. A thin edge it seems like

BB McCullum c †Mutizwa b Ncube 18 (31m 19b 3x4 0x6) SR: 94.73

7.2

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

7.3

Ncube to Ryder, no run, length ball, on middle and off, defended back to the bowler

7.4

Ncube to Ryder, no run, Ryder drives at this length ball without any feet, is beaten by the angle across him

7.5

Ncube to Ryder, no run, another beauty here, fairly rapid, just short of a driving length, on middle and off, seams away slightly. Ryder's feet don't move again, and is beaten again

7.6

Ncube to Ryder, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, punched away wide of cover

New Zealand 42/3   N Ncube 4-0-20-2

9.1

Ncube to Ryder, no run, short, skids on him, gets a bottom edge on the pull, but Ryder is safe

9.2

Ncube to Ryder, no run, over-pitched on off, nicely driven, but can't beat mid-off

9.3

Ncube to Ryder, FOUR, much better from Ryder. Get a length ball outside off, doesn't move his feet too much, but comes half forward to get close to the line, and drives it through extra cover. All along the ground

9.4

Ncube to Ryder, no run, half forward again, but this time in defence

9.5

Ncube to Ryder, no run, length ball outside off, angling in, defended with an open face

9.6

Ncube to Ryder, FOUR, Ryder' wrists. It's a half-volley on the pads. Ryder hardly seems to have hit it, but the flick carries almost all the way for a six

New Zealand 55/3   N Ncube 5-0-28-2

11.1

Ncube to Taylor, no run, short of a length, outside off, left alone

11.2

Ncube to Taylor, no run, this one doesn't bounce much outside off, shoulders arms to it

11.3

Ncube to Taylor, no run, length ball, angling in towards off, defended off the front foot

11.4

Ncube to Taylor, no run, angling too far down leg, but he fails to make contact and is hit on the pad

11.5

Ncube to Taylor, no run, leans into this drive outside off, but can't beat cover

11.6

Ncube to Taylor, no run, short of a length, wide outside off, Taylor decides against cutting, hoping it will be called a wide. The border-line decision goes with the bowler this time. Good to see

New Zealand 58/3   N Ncube 6-1-28-2

43.1

Ncube to Williamson, 5 wides, this had a touch of Murphy to it. All that could go wrong did. A wide down the leg side hits the foot holes and explodes over the keeper's head

43.1

Ncube to Williamson, FOUR, that's fifty for KW, with a pull past deep square leg. He has been smooth during the innings, making sure NZ didn't stall after Ryder's wicket

43.2

Ncube to Williamson, 1 wide, another wide down the leg side, that's 10 runs off 1 ball on his return spell

43.2

Ncube to Williamson, no run, short of a length, on off, no room, hit back to the bowler

43.3

Ncube to Williamson, 1 wide, moves across the line to try and scoop, he tries to go behind with him, but ends up with another wide

43.3

Ncube to Williamson, 1 run, makes room to punch this, and B Taylor's misfield at extra cover allows them the single

43.4

Ncube to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length, worked away off the hip for one

43.5

Ncube to Williamson, FOUR, short, middle and leg, he moves away and pulls past midwicket, all along the ground. Powerful hit

43.6

Ncube to Williamson, 1 run, full, on the pads, worked away for a single

New Zealand 250/4   N Ncube 7-1-46-2

47.1

Ncube to Williamson, 1 run, yorker on off, squeezed out for a single

47.2

Ncube to Taylor, 2 runs, low full toss, hit to deep midwicket in the longer part of the ground, Taylor wants the second, and is in danger of being run-out. Waller's throw is flat and full, and not too wide, but Taylor makes in the extra time it takes to collect and whip the bails off. The referral to third umpire earns him a break

47.3

Ncube to Taylor, 1 leg bye, good yorker, follows him, cramps him up, just the leg-bye

47.4

Ncube to Williamson, 1 run, wide yorker, can't do much more than it except the single to extra cover

47.5

Ncube to Taylor, 1 leg bye, another good yorker, follows him to cramp him up, concedes just the leg-bye

47.6

Ncube to Williamson, (no ball) FOUR, A superb over ends in a poor ball. A rib-high full toss that is not only scooped fine for four but is also called a no-ball for height

47.6

Ncube to Williamson, 1 run, yorks him outside leg, dug out for a single to long-on

New Zealand 293/4   N Ncube 8-1-56-2

49.1

Ncube to Williamson, 1 run, low full toss, no room, driven straight to extra cover

49.2

Ncube to Taylor, 2 runs, yorker, digs it out, wide of deep midwicket, comes back for two

49.3

Ncube to Taylor, FOUR, short of a length, Taylor stands there and pulls it between deep midwicket and long-on. KW running out of balls to try to get a hundred

49.4

Ncube to Taylor, OUT, Taylor is bowled, which also means KW won't get a hundred. Back to Taylor, though. It's a lenght ball, the kind he sometimes hits for sixes blindfolded. But he misses this, and the middle stump goes for a walk

LRPL Taylor b Ncube 119 (177m 126b 9x4 3x6) SR: 94.44

49.5

Ncube to NL McCullum, 1 run, lofted over mid-off, a teasing skier, Taibu runs back, but with Hamilton Masakadza in vicinity he takes his eye off it, and drops it

49.6

Ncube to Williamson, (no ball) FOUR, KW gets a second bite of the cherry. He gets a no-ball last ball. It's a high full toss, and the top edge goes over short third man for four. Ncube is taken off after a second beamer, and KW gets another shot at the hundred. Funny little game, is this

New Zealand 325/5   N Ncube 8.5-1-69-3
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