New Zealand tour of Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI: Zimbabwe v New Zealand at Bulawayo, Oct 25, 2011
Zimbabwe won by 1 wicket (with 1 ball remaining)
25 October 2011 (50-over match)

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

New Zealand 7/1   RJ Nicol 4* (7b 1x4)   N Ncube 0.5-0-5-0

Meth to BB McCullum, FOUR, McCullum goes aerial, and hits it well over mid-off. Just the pace to hit, just the length to get under. Clean connection made

New Zealand 11/1   BB McCullum 5* (5b 1x4)   KO Meth 1.1-0-6-0

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

New Zealand 16/1   RJ Nicol 8* (10b 2x4)   KO Meth 1.5-0-11-0

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

New Zealand 25/1   RJ Nicol 14* (17b 3x4)   N Ncube 2.1-0-11-0

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

New Zealand 29/2   BB McCullum 13* (15b 2x4)   N Ncube 2.4-0-15-1

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

New Zealand 33/2   BB McCullum 17* (16b 3x4)   N Ncube 2.5-0-19-1

Meth to Taylor, FOUR, Taylor hits a four first ball. This is a wide half-volley and takes some reaching, but reach out he does, and place it between cover and cover-point

New Zealand 37/2   LRPL Taylor 4* (1b 1x4)   KO Meth 3.1-0-18-0

Meth to Taylor, FOUR, easy delivery, a half-volley on the pads, Taylor capitalises with a flick past midwicket

New Zealand 47/3   LRPL Taylor 11* (6b 2x4)   KO Meth 4.4-0-27-0

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

New Zealand 51/3   JD Ryder 6* (11b 1x4)   N Ncube 4.3-0-24-2

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   JD Ryder 10* (14b 2x4)   N Ncube 5-0-28-2

Chigumbura to Ryder, FOUR, stays leg side again, on a length, and Ryder flicks it beautifully, wide of deep midwicket, gets four for it

New Zealand 66/3   JD Ryder 16* (21b 3x4)   E Chigumbura 0.3-0-6-0

Price to Taylor, FOUR, there comes the Taylor slog-sweep. It was always a matter of when and not if. Goes square of deep midwicket with this one

New Zealand 78/3   LRPL Taylor 21* (30b 3x4)   RW Price 3.5-0-13-0

Chigumbura to Ryder, FOUR, short, too short, on the off stump, it's fish and chips for Ryder, swats it hard over the bowler's head for a boundary, both mid-on and mid-off are up

New Zealand 98/3   JD Ryder 37* (43b 4x4 1x6)   E Chigumbura 3.4-0-20-0

Waller to Ryder, FOUR, lovely lovely shot from Jesse. Takes a step towards the line of the ball and chips it nonchalantly over extra cover

New Zealand 118/3   JD Ryder 48* (57b 5x4 1x6)   MN Waller 2.2-0-10-0

Waller to Williamson, FOUR, nicely executed late-cut, it is short and wide, Williamson makes room and hits it past point

New Zealand 138/4   KS Williamson 10* (11b 1x4)   MN Waller 5.3-0-24-1

Waller to Williamson, FOUR, this over is taking all the pressure off. Another long hop, and he has pulled it away between deep square and deep midwicket

New Zealand 142/4   KS Williamson 14* (12b 2x4)   MN Waller 5.4-0-28-1

Price to Taylor, FOUR, hits this sweep all right, along the ground, past square leg. Taylor is warming up. Taylor raises his bat because the scoreboard at the ground shows he is 50. He is not

New Zealand 168/4   LRPL Taylor 49* (82b 4x4)   RW Price 7-0-34-0

Meth to Williamson, FOUR, for a change tries to go over cover. Makes room this time, gets a length ball, drives at it, gets a thick edge, which flies between point and short third man

New Zealand 194/4   KS Williamson 35* (34b 3x4)   KO Meth 6.5-0-47-0

Price to Taylor, FOUR, makes room first, then goes inside the line of a fast leg-side full toss, hits the sweep in the air, Masakadza runs to his right from deep square, makes a full-length dive, gets one hand to it, but can't hold on

New Zealand 200/4   LRPL Taylor 69* (95b 5x4 1x6)   RW Price 8.2-0-45-0

Price to Williamson, FOUR, moves across the line to shovel this low full toss to the left of Waller at deep midwicket. He gets a hand to it, but can't stop four

New Zealand 207/4   KS Williamson 41* (37b 4x4)   RW Price 8.5-0-52-0

Mushangwe to Taylor, FOUR, Taylor is waiting for the lenght correction. He just sits back to use the pace on this shortish delivery, placing it between point and short third

New Zealand 230/4   LRPL Taylor 85* (107b 6x4 2x6)   N Mushangwe 8.4-1-36-0

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

New Zealand 241/4   KS Williamson 53* (45b 5x4)   N Ncube 6.1-1-37-2

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

New Zealand 249/4   KS Williamson 58* (48b 6x4)   N Ncube 6.5-1-45-2

Meth to Taylor, FOUR, full toss on the pads, with fine leg in the circle, Taylor accepts the freebie

New Zealand 255/4   LRPL Taylor 91* (110b 7x4 2x6)   KO Meth 7.2-0-52-0

Mushangwe to Williamson, FOUR, slightly short, slightly wide, he rocks back and cuts it in front of square. Powerfully done

New Zealand 263/4   KS Williamson 65* (53b 7x4)   N Mushangwe 9.1-1-42-0

Mushangwe to Taylor, FOUR, poor fielding at short third man. Late-cuts this, to the right of short third man, and Ncube comes down on this like an old lady, letting it through

New Zealand 270/4   LRPL Taylor 99* (114b 8x4 2x6)   N Mushangwe 9.5-1-49-0

Meth to Williamson, FOUR, length ball, gets down on a knee, and slogs this between long-on and deep midwicket - 150 for the partnership

New Zealand 276/4   KS Williamson 71* (56b 8x4)   KO Meth 8.2-0-61-0

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

New Zealand 292/4   KS Williamson 79* (61b 9x4)   N Ncube 7.5-1-55-2

Meth to Williamson, FOUR, length outside off, slog-swept between deep midwicket and long-on, all along the ground

New Zealand 311/4   KS Williamson 91* (65b 10x4 1x6)   KO Meth 9.5-0-84-0

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

New Zealand 319/4   LRPL Taylor 119* (125b 9x4 3x6)   N Ncube 8.3-1-63-2

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   KS Williamson 97* (68b 11x4 1x6)   N Ncube 8.5-1-69-3





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