New Zealand in Zimbabwe ODI Series - 3rd ODI

Zimbabwe v New Zealand

Zimbabwe won by 1 wicket (with 1 ball remaining)

Masakadza and Sibanda walk out. We are ready to go with the chase. "Can Ncube bat as well? Then you could say he was... multi-dimensional." Adam, he did take three wickets, but with a first-class average of 9, don't hold your breath. N McCullum to open. Round the stumps, one slip, one leg slip

Welcome back. I missed this earlier, but a slightly embarrassed John Ward did confirm that he is indeed THE John Ward. He wrote in, "Yes, I am the cricket writer John Ward - you make me sound like a celebrity!!! At the moment Gary is concentrating on his career with Yorkshire but keeping his options open for a possible international career with Zimbabwe at some time in perhaps the not too near future."

Kudadex has this for our scorer: "Please tell Sunjay that Murari means "the sleeper" in Shona(native language -Zimbabwe)..he better not sleep on the scores!"

0.1

NL McCullum to Sibanda, no run, flighted outside off, driven back off the inside half of the bat

0.2

NL McCullum to Sibanda, OUT, this is catching practice really. There is a short midwicket in place, the ball is flighted on middle and off, it is turning, and with the turn he offers a simple catch to B McCullum to make it an all McCullum dismissal. Unlike Watling, though, Sibanda gets a regulation, non-exotic duck

V Sibanda c BB McCullum b NL McCullum 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Here is Brendan Taylor

0.3

NL McCullum to Taylor, no run, short of a length, on off, defended off the back foot

Over the wicket now

0.4

NL McCullum to Taylor, 1 run, turning into the pads, worked away for a single past square leg

Round the wicket again

0.5

NL McCullum to Masakadza, no run, tossed up outside off, can't beat extra cover

0.6

NL McCullum to Masakadza, no run, now middle and leg, slower through the air, Masakadza presses forward to defend

End of over 1 (1 run) Zimbabwe 1/1 (328 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 1.00, RRR: 6.69)
H Masakadza    0* (2b)      NL McCullum    1-0-1-1
BRM Taylor    1* (2b)     

Graeme Aldridge takes the Airport End

1.1

Aldridge to Taylor, no run, short of a length, outside off, punched away, but can't beat cover

1.2

Aldridge to Taylor, no run, holds its line outside off, left alone

1.3

Aldridge to Taylor, no run, fuller, angling in towards off, solidly defended back to him

1.4

Aldridge to Taylor, 1 run, moves inside the line of a length ball, pushed it wide of midwicket for one

1.5

Aldridge to Masakadza, no run, short, wide, cuts away, not past point

1.6

Aldridge to Masakadza, no run, short of a length, extra bounce, hits him on the thigh

End of over 2 (1 run) Zimbabwe 2/1 (327 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 1.00, RRR: 6.81)
H Masakadza    0* (4b)      GW Aldridge    1-0-1-0
BRM Taylor    2* (6b)      NL McCullum    1-0-1-1

2.1

NL McCullum to Taylor, FOUR, Taylor goes after N McCullum, giving him the charge and lofting a full ball over mid-on. That's the right intent

2.2

NL McCullum to Taylor, no run, the arm ball, skids through, stays low, defended from deep inside the crease

2.3

NL McCullum to Taylor, FOUR, half chance for McCullum. Taylor is looking to chip this over the bowler's head, which he does but not by much. N McCullum goes high in the air but can't make it

2.4

NL McCullum to Taylor, 2 runs, flicked away off the pads, wide of deep square

2.5

NL McCullum to Taylor, no run, defended to cover this time

2.6

NL McCullum to Taylor, SIX, Taylor is getting stuck into N McCullum. Leaves the crease again, is not close to the pitch of the ball, but goes through with the shot, lofting it comfortably over mid-on

End of over 3 (16 runs) Zimbabwe 18/1 (311 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.61)
BRM Taylor    18* (12b 2x4 1x6)      NL McCullum    2-0-17-1
H Masakadza    0* (4b)      GW Aldridge    1-0-1-0

Played with statsguru to find out that - Today's Kane Williamson knock is the all-time best in-terms of highest strike rated ton by a NZ player. Thanks Raghav Suryadevara

3.1

Aldridge to Masakadza, no run, short of a length outside off, stays low, beats the bottom edge

3.2

Aldridge to Masakadza, no run, looks to drive away from the body, gets a thick edge onto the pad

3.3

Aldridge to Masakadza, no run, slight shape away, outside off, left alone

3.4

Aldridge to Masakadza, no run, looks to step out of the crease, Aldridge bowls short, hits him on the thigh

3.5

Aldridge to Masakadza, 1 run, pulled away off the front foot, keeps it down, gets a single to deep square

3.6

Aldridge to Taylor, no run, short of a length, outside off, Taylor moves too far across the stumps, and hits this with the inside half of the bat

End of over 4 (1 run) Zimbabwe 19/1 (310 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 4.75, RRR: 6.73)
BRM Taylor    18* (13b 2x4 1x6)      GW Aldridge    2-0-2-0
H Masakadza    1* (9b)      NL McCullum    2-0-17-1

McCullum gets another over. Good to see he isn't taken off after two-three hits

4.1

NL McCullum to Masakadza, 1 run, short of a length, punched down to long-on for one

4.2

NL McCullum to Taylor, no run, pushed through across him, beats the outside edge with the angle

4.3

NL McCullum to Taylor, no run, huge appeal as Taylor goes across the line and is hit in front of off. Good decision because the ball hasn't turned and is sliding with the angle to miss off

4.4

NL McCullum to Taylor, no run, defended back to the bowler

4.5

NL McCullum to Taylor, no run, leaves the crease with defence on mind, plays it back to the bowler

4.6

NL McCullum to Taylor, no run, looks to turn this around the corner, but can't beat short fine leg

End of over 5 (1 run) Zimbabwe 20/1 (309 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 6.86)
BRM Taylor    18* (18b 2x4 1x6)      NL McCullum    3-0-18-1
H Masakadza    2* (10b)      GW Aldridge    2-0-2-0

5.1

Aldridge to Masakadza, 1 run, walks down the crease, rides the bounce of this and tucks it away off the hip

5.2

Aldridge to Taylor, no run, looks to punch this outside off, plays away from the body, and ends up playing outside the line of the ball. Pure misjudgement of the line of the ball

5.3

Aldridge to Taylor, no run, moves across to drive this on the up, can't beat mid-off

5.4

Aldridge to Taylor, 1 run, slower ball, on a length outside off, he is early into the shot, drags it towards mid-on for one

5.5

Aldridge to Masakadza, 1 run, half-volley outside off, driven crisply to mid-off, takes B McCullum on, and the fielder misses. He was a goner had BMac hit the stumps

5.6

Aldridge to Taylor, 1 run, punched wide of mid-off this time, gets an easy single

End of over 6 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 24/1 (305 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 6.93)
BRM Taylor    20* (22b 2x4 1x6)      GW Aldridge    3-0-6-0
H Masakadza    4* (12b)      NL McCullum    3-0-18-1

6.1

NL McCullum to Taylor, no run, fires this in, forces an advancing Taylor to play a defensive shot

6.2

NL McCullum to Taylor, FOUR, that's a full toss on the pads, and he gets low to sweep this over short fine leg

6.3

NL McCullum to Taylor, FOUR, arm ball, across him, wide of off, Taylor pushes at it, and gets a half-edges-half-guides it past slip, and fine of short third man

6.4

NL McCullum to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length outside off, pushed to long-on for one

6.5

NL McCullum to Masakadza, 1 run, hit softly to mid-off for one

6.6

NL McCullum to Taylor, FOUR, lovely shot. He knows the long-on is back, so goes over mid-off this time. Doesn't try to hit too hard, just chips this length ball over the man. Is timed well enough to go for four

End of over 7 (14 runs) Zimbabwe 38/1 (291 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 5.42, RRR: 6.76)
BRM Taylor    33* (27b 5x4 1x6)      NL McCullum    4-0-32-1
H Masakadza    5* (13b)      GW Aldridge    3-0-6-0

Jacob Oram being introduced into the attack

7.1

Oram to Masakadza, no run, short of a length, pulled straight to midwicket, Nicol, who demolishes the stumps at the striker's end. Masakadza, though, is in

Just a gully in place

7.2

Oram to Masakadza, no run, short of a length, wide, Masakadza punches without feet. Doesn't make any contact

7.3

Oram to Masakadza, no run, slightly fuller, closer to off, left alone

7.4

Oram to Masakadza, 1 run, leaves the crease, dabs it past point for one

7.5

Oram to Taylor, no run, moves outside off, Oram bowls short and outside off. Taylor looks to work this to leg, but can't do enough with it, and Oram does the fielding

7.6

Oram to Taylor, no run, no feet. Short and wide, he goes after it, but the ball moves away slightly to beats the edge

End of over 8 (1 run) Zimbabwe 39/1 (290 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 4.87, RRR: 6.90)
BRM Taylor    33* (29b 5x4 1x6)      JDP Oram    1-0-1-0
H Masakadza    6* (17b)      NL McCullum    4-0-32-1

Andy McKay replaces N McCullum

8.1

McKay to Masakadza, no run, short of a lenght, outside off, defended to cover

8.2

McKay to Masakadza, FOUR, Top shot. This isn't quite a long hop, but he has pulled it off the front, between mid-on and midwicket. All along the ground

8.3

McKay to Masakadza, no run, fuller, stays outside off, left alone

8.4

McKay to Masakadza, no run, full and wide, picks out extra cover with the drive

8.5

McKay to Masakadza, FOUR, thick edge on this drive, but it flies between cover-point and cover

8.6

McKay to Masakadza, no run, slower ball, starts just outside off, left alone

End of over 9 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 47/1 (282 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 5.22, RRR: 6.87)
H Masakadza    14* (23b 2x4)      AJ McKay    1-0-8-0
BRM Taylor    33* (29b 5x4 1x6)      JDP Oram    1-0-1-0

9.1

Oram to Taylor, 2 runs, wide, Taylor moves across to get close to the line, and punches this past point

9.2

Oram to Taylor, no run, moves across again, Oram stays wide, and this time he leaves it alone

6-3 field, which is what is making Taylor move across, but Oram is bowling wider still

9.3

Oram to Taylor, no run, punched away this time, but can't beat gully

9.4

Oram to Taylor, no run, short of a length, looks to drop and run, but the close-in fielders on off pounce on it. Has to go back

9.5

Oram to Taylor, FOUR, Taylor wins this round the cat-and-mouse. Moves across again, Oram tries to out-wide again, but Taylor drags this length ball from outside off and lofts it over square leg

9.6

Oram to Taylor, 3 runs, punched away through the crowded off-side field. N McCullum gives chase, and keeps them down to three

End of over 10 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 56/1 (273 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 5.60, RRR: 6.82)
BRM Taylor    42* (35b 6x4 1x6)      JDP Oram    2-0-10-0
H Masakadza    14* (23b 2x4)      AJ McKay    1-0-8-0

And N McCullum gets a bowl now. Over the wicket, with field restrictions lifted

10.1

NL McCullum to Taylor, no run, tossed up outside off, smashed back to him

10.2

NL McCullum to Taylor, 1 run, full, flicked away to long-on for one

10.3

NL McCullum to Masakadza, no run, flighted again, driven straight to extra cover

10.4

NL McCullum to Masakadza, 1 run, flight again, pitches on a length, driven to long-on for one

10.5

NL McCullum to Taylor, 1 run, moves across to cover the line, then works this wide of midwicket for one

10.6

NL McCullum to Masakadza, no run, tossed up again, looks to go leg, but can't beat the straight midwicket

End of over 11 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 59/1 (270 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 5.36, RRR: 6.92)
H Masakadza    15* (26b 2x4)      NL McCullum    5-0-35-1
BRM Taylor    44* (38b 6x4 1x6)      JDP Oram    2-0-10-0

Luke Woodcock to bowl now

11.1

Woodcock to Taylor, 1 run, slow through the air, not much turn, dropped to leg and they take a single

11.2

Woodcock to Masakadza, 1 run, tries the reverse-sweep, front-edges it in front of square for one

11.3

Woodcock to Taylor, 2 runs, lovely shot, backs away and chips this from well outside leg, over extra cover

Going over the wicket now

11.4

Woodcock to Taylor, no run, tossed up outside leg, Taylor sweeps, misses, hit on the pad

11.5

Woodcock to Taylor, no run, and he misses on the sweep again, hit on the pad, in front of leg

11.6

Woodcock to Taylor, no run, wants to flick, hit on the pad again. Taylor getting itchy. Nearly commits too far for a suicidal single before making it back

End of over 12 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 63/1 (266 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 5.25, RRR: 7.00)
BRM Taylor    47* (43b 6x4 1x6)      LJ Woodcock    1-0-4-0
H Masakadza    16* (27b 2x4)      NL McCullum    5-0-35-1

12.1

NL McCullum to Masakadza, 1 run, overpitched, on the pads, single to long-on

12.2

NL McCullum to Taylor, 1 run, comes down the track, yorks himself up, takes a single to long-on

12.3

NL McCullum to Masakadza, 1 run, short of a length, turning in towards off, punched down to long-on for one

12.4

NL McCullum to Taylor, SIX, top shot to get to his fifty. Flighted outside off, Taylor gets close to it, close enough to feel safe with going across the line, for a flat six over midwicket. The crowd - not huge, but appreciable - loves it

12.5

NL McCullum to Taylor, 1 run, pushed to long-on for one

12.6

NL McCullum to Masakadza, 1 run, flighted outside off, the open face places it wide of cover

End of over 13 (11 runs) Zimbabwe 74/1 (255 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 5.69, RRR: 6.89)
H Masakadza    19* (30b 2x4)      NL McCullum    6-0-46-1
BRM Taylor    55* (46b 6x4 2x6)      LJ Woodcock    1-0-4-0

Round the stumps to Masakadza

13.1

Woodcock to Masakadza, no run, length ball, on off, punched, Woodcock makes a diving save to his left

13.2

Woodcock to Masakadza, no run, slower through the air, Masakadza has chipped down the track, and has to abort the aggressive shot. Defended to leg

13.3

Woodcock to Masakadza, 1 run, angling in, driven to long-on for one

Back over the wicket to Taylor

13.4

Woodcock to Taylor, no run, pitches outside leg, lets it hit his pad

13.5

Woodcock to Taylor, 2 runs, stands well outside leg, and then sweeps it wide of deep square, where Aldridge makes a brilliant save. The ball has crossed the rope in the air when his lunge pulls it back in, even as he himself falls over the fence

13.6

Woodcock to Taylor, 1 run, worked away into the leg side for a single

End of over 14 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 78/1 (251 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 5.57, RRR: 6.97)
BRM Taylor    58* (49b 6x4 2x6)      LJ Woodcock    2-0-8-0
H Masakadza    20* (33b 2x4)      NL McCullum    6-0-46-1

Luke: "Taylor batting like the No.1 batsman in the world this series. If anyone deserves to be on the winning side, he does. So, hopefully he can lead his country to victory... just this once, I'll allow it." Rob Nicol to bowl now

14.1

Nicol to Taylor, 2 runs, and Taylor attacks him first ball, hitting him to deep midwicket where a fumble allows them the second

14.2

Nicol to Taylor, no run, flighted outside off, turning in, defended to leg

14.3

Nicol to Taylor, no run, quicker, flatter, on off, beats the flick, hits the pad

14.4

Nicol to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length, bunted wide of midwicket

14.5

Nicol to Masakadza, 1 run, punched away wide of midwicket for one

14.6

Nicol to Taylor, 1 run, overpitched, digs it out for one

End of over 15 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 83/1 (246 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 5.53, RRR: 7.02)
BRM Taylor    62* (54b 6x4 2x6)      RJ Nicol    1-0-5-0
H Masakadza    21* (34b 2x4)      LJ Woodcock    2-0-8-0

If he gets the century today, Brendan Taylor will join Zaheer Abbas, Saeed Anwar Herschelle Gibbs and AB de Villiers with three hundreds on the trot. That is the record too. Powerplay taken. McKay comes back

15.1

McKay to Taylor, no run, starts with an offcutter, beats the edge outside off

Again a strong off-side field for Taylor

15.2

McKay to Taylor, 1 run, shuffles across to try to slog this from outside off, gets a bottom edge for one to leg

15.3

McKay to Masakadza, 1 run, short of a length, on off, punched away past midwicket

15.4

McKay to Taylor, no run, moves across again, McKay manages to bowl wide of him without getting wided, pushed to cover

15.5

McKay to Taylor, no run, and again he doesn't let Taylor get leg side of the ball, pushed to gully

15.6

McKay to Taylor, 1 run, full outside off, squeezed out to deep point for one

End of over 16 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 86/1 (243 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 5.37, RRR: 7.14)
BRM Taylor    64* (59b 6x4 2x6)      AJ McKay    2-0-11-0
H Masakadza    22* (35b 2x4)      RJ Nicol    1-0-5-0

"@Sid: IF he scores another some 25 runs he will join the elite 4000 club" Thanks Phil. Aldridge comes back too

16.1

Aldridge to Taylor, 3 runs, flicked away from in front of off, deliberately in the air, and over square leg. By the time deep midwicket comes around they take three to the bigger half of the outfield

16.2

Aldridge to Masakadza, no run, length ball, middle and leg, hit to midwicket

16.3

Aldridge to Masakadza, no run, slower short ball, Maskadza sets himself up for the pull but is early into the shot, and manages no contact

16.4

Aldridge to Masakadza, no run, short of a length, just outside off, cramped on the forceful shot, ends up hitting it back to the bowler

Aldridge's action is reminiscent of Kyle Mills's, and when he runs in, his eyes give an impression he is running into a gale. He really seems to struggle to keep them open

16.5

Aldridge to Masakadza, 1 run, backs away to punch this on the up, but can't beat mid-off who is at the edge of the circle

16.6

Aldridge to Taylor, 3 runs, chips this over mid-on. Never wanted to hit a six, just enough to clear the felder in the circle. Oram chases and throws himself at the ball to save one run

End of over 17 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 93/1 (236 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 5.47, RRR: 7.15)
BRM Taylor    70* (61b 6x4 2x6)      GW Aldridge    4-0-13-0
H Masakadza    23* (39b 2x4)      AJ McKay    2-0-11-0

17.1

McKay to Taylor, FOUR, top shot. This is a heavily packed off-side field, but Taylor moves across to get close to the line of this full and wide delivery, and drives it past extra cover. All along the ground

17.2

McKay to Taylor, 1 run, pushed wide of cover for a single

Priyashrav: "Now Taylor becomes the first batsman to score 300 runs in a 3-Match ODI Series! I'd say he has been phenomenal and all,but instead I'll simply say his fighting spirit and temperament is reminding me of a certain Andy Flower...................."

17.3

McKay to Masakadza, 1 wide, the offcutter starts well outside off, and is called a wide

17.3

McKay to Masakadza, no run, half-volley on off, driven powerfully, but finds B McCullum at short extra

"If Brendan Taylor gets another 100 today, will it be the first time two batsmen from opposing teams that share the same surname have scored 100s in the same ODI?" Paul that is very likely

17.4

McKay to Masakadza, 1 run, pushed wide of point to bring the hundred up for Zimbabwe. Taylor has scored 75 of those, although he was a bit lazy in this single, and could have been out had Ryder hit

17.5

McKay to Taylor, no run, short of a length, on off, no room, pushed back to the bowler

17.6

McKay to Taylor, OUT, What a catch. These McCullums have wings, man. Taylor tries to clear mid-off, and seems like he will do it. Nathan McCullum, though, waits for a second, and then times his jump go perfection to make this catch look easy

BRM Taylor c NL McCullum b McKay 75 (68m 65b 7x4 2x6) SR: 115.38

With that goes the chance of a lovely occurrence of two men with same names playing for different teams scoring hundreds in the same match. Hope Ross and Brendan do that in the Tests. "Nooooo...the infamous commentators curse stikes again!!!!" exclaims Dylan

End of over 18 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 100/2 (229 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 5.55, RRR: 7.15)
     AJ McKay    3-0-18-1
H Masakadza    24* (41b 2x4)      GW Aldridge    4-0-13-0

18.1

Aldridge to Masakadza, 1 run, is that two in two? Pushed to mid-off, charges through for one, and makes it despite the direct hit

18.2

Aldridge to Taibu, 1 run, runs this down to third man for a single

18.3

Aldridge to Masakadza, 1 run, makes room to blast this down to long-off for one run

18.4

Aldridge to Taibu, 3 runs, slower ball gone wrong, a low full toss outside off, crashed past cover for three

"Maybe we can have this occurence in the South Africa vs. Australia match, if Graeme Smith and Steve Smith score centuries....." Arvin, Steve Smith? Really? You need to talk to a few Australian fans to get better informed about S Smith's chances of scoring a century

18.5

Aldridge to Masakadza, 1 run, works this length ball to leg for one

18.6

Aldridge to Taibu, no run, looks to dab this behind square, but can't beat gully

End of over 19 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 107/2 (222 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 5.63, RRR: 7.16)
T Taibu    4* (3b)      GW Aldridge    5-0-20-0
H Masakadza    27* (44b 2x4)      AJ McKay    3-0-18-1

19.1

McKay to Masakadza, 1 run, short of a length, wide, punched away to sweeper-cover for one

"Gosh this Nathan McCullum is such a party pooper. Was really rooting for Brendan there. He has already done amazing things for Zim cricket but equaling such a record would have done so much more" Ari, Nathan's brother is also named Brendon. It's all a bit confusing

19.2

McKay to Taibu, 2 runs, late-cuts this to the right of third man, comes back for two

19.3

McKay to Taibu, no run, full toss, lands on the white line that acts as the guide line for wides. Not called. I like how the umpires today have given the benefit of doubt to bowlers on tight wide calls

19.4

McKay to Taibu, FOUR, edged away for four. A thick one it is as he pushes at a length ball outside off. Third man is too square

19.5

McKay to Taibu, 1 run, guides this to third man for a single

19.6

McKay to Masakadza, 1 run, comes down the track, pushes a length ball to long-off for one

End of over 20 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 116/2 (213 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 5.80, RRR: 7.10)
H Masakadza    29* (46b 2x4)      AJ McKay    4-0-27-1
T Taibu    11* (7b 1x4)      GW Aldridge    5-0-20-0

With Powerplay over, here's Luke Woodcock

20.1

Woodcock to Masakadza, no run, looks to reverse-sweep this, doesn't get enough bat on it

20.2

Woodcock to Masakadza, 1 run, comes down the track to take this on the full, drives it to long-off for one

20.3

Woodcock to Taibu, SIX, lovely shot, comes down the track, chips over mid-on, and it is timed well enough to hit the boundary skirting on the full

Mid-on stays inside the circle

20.4

Woodcock to Taibu, no run, defended back

20.5

Woodcock to Taibu, no run, missed stumping and catch. Taibu is in a pickle as he jumps out of the crease and is beaten in the flight. Somehow he gets an inside edge onto the pad, and Watling fails to collect it. And it has deflected too far off his gloves to try the stumping even

20.6

Woodcock to Taibu, 1 run, opens the face on this to get a single

End of over 21 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 124/2 (205 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 5.90, RRR: 7.06)
T Taibu    18* (11b 1x4 1x6)      LJ Woodcock    3-0-16-0
H Masakadza    30* (48b 2x4)      AJ McKay    4-0-27-1

Oram comes back

21.1

Oram to Taibu, no run, short of a length, Taibu looks to play the late-cut, but delays the shot too much and is beaten

21.2

Oram to Taibu, no run, looks to run this behind square, but can't beat gully

21.3

Oram to Taibu, 1 run, this dab is not too far from Watling but they run a quick single

"{Ross [Taylor}(Bendan]{McCullum)Nathan}" That's succinct, Bakshi

21.4

Oram to Masakadza, 1 run, charges at him, Oram follows him outside leg, he punches it down to deep midwicket for one

21.5

Oram to Taibu, 1 run, slower short one, pulled along the ground to deep midwicket

21.6

Oram to Masakadza, no run, short of a length, on the stumps, no room, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 22 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 127/2 (202 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 5.77, RRR: 7.21)
H Masakadza    31* (50b 2x4)      JDP Oram    3-0-13-0
T Taibu    20* (15b 1x4 1x6)      LJ Woodcock    3-0-16-0

22.1

Woodcock to Taibu, no run, flighted on middle and off, Taibu tries to cut this, is cramped, manages a bottom edge

22.2

Woodcock to Taibu, SIX, Lovely shot. This time mid-off is up, so Taibu makes room as he charges, and then chips it over mid-off. Doesn't try to hit hard, but times it so well that it clears the rope easily

22.3

Woodcock to Taibu, no run, pushed to cover, can't get a single

22.4

Woodcock to Taibu, no run, flighted on middle and off, driven back to Luke, who tries to run the backing-up non-striker out, Misses

22.5

Woodcock to Taibu, 1 run, swept from in front of middle and leg

22.6

Woodcock to Masakadza, no run, comes down the track but can't beat straight midwicket

"I'd venture that given Graeme's recent form, the chances of him scoring a hundred himself any time soon aren't all that bright either. He hasn't scored a ton in an ODI since September 2009. Or maybe he's due one? (note that I'm in Austria, not Australia!!)" Bozi, his fifty in the previous game wasn't half bad. He hit four boundaries through extra cover, and none on the leg side. All drives along the ground and between mid-off and extra cover

End of over 23 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 134/2 (195 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 5.82, RRR: 7.22)
H Masakadza    31* (51b 2x4)      LJ Woodcock    4-0-23-0
T Taibu    27* (20b 1x4 2x6)      JDP Oram    3-0-13-0

23.1

Oram to Taibu, 2 runs, Nearly gone. Taibu looks to pulls this, but it is too full, and the top edge flies over midwicket. Nicol gives it a spirited chase, watching it over his shoulder, and then a desperate dive in the end. Doesn't even get a touch on it, though

23.2

Oram to Taibu, no run, no room, can't get under this short-of-a-length delivery, defends

23.3

Oram to Taibu, no run, opens the face on this, but can't beat gully. That position has saved a few singles

23.4

Oram to Taibu, 1 run, short, pulled away, keeps it down, gets a single

23.5

Oram to Masakadza, 1 run, Masakadza tries to make room, Oram follows him, pulled away for a single

23.6

Oram to Taibu, 1 run, walks at him, and then opens the face on this short delivery. Beats gully this time

End of over 24 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 139/2 (190 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 5.79, RRR: 7.30)
T Taibu    31* (25b 1x4 2x6)      JDP Oram    4-0-18-0
H Masakadza    32* (52b 2x4)      LJ Woodcock    4-0-23-0

Masakadza 33 off 52, Taibu 31 off 25

24.1

Woodcock to Taibu, FOUR, Taibu has taken a liking to Woodcock. Charges at him again, makes room, and drives him over extra cover. That's six, six and four in his last three overs

24.2

Woodcock to Taibu, FOUR, makes it six, six, four and four. This time he makes more room, takes this from outside leg, and coolly chips it over extra

24.3

Woodcock to Taibu, FOUR, three fours in a row here to go with two sixes in the previous two overs from Woodcock. This time it is a reverse-sweep, not the switch hit, but he gets enough power to clear point

Over the wicket

24.4

Woodcock to Taibu, 1 run, regulation sweep this time, for a single to deep square

24.5

Woodcock to Masakadza, 1 leg bye, tossed up outside oeg, hits the pad with the turn, but concedes a leg-bye

24.6

Woodcock to Taibu, 1 run, full on the pads, another sweep for a single

End of over 25 (15 runs) Zimbabwe 154/2 (175 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 6.16, RRR: 7.00)
T Taibu    45* (30b 4x4 2x6)      LJ Woodcock    5-0-37-0
H Masakadza    32* (53b 2x4)      JDP Oram    4-0-18-0

"Eh hem. Grim Smith biffed FIVE boundary blows between midoff and extra cover in that fifty. See cricinfo/graphs/wagonwheel for even more details." Michelle, Grim is pretty close to what the Kiwis might pronounce Graeme in regular course

25.1

Oram to Taibu, 1 leg bye, short of a length, cramps him up, but they take the leg-bye

25.2

Oram to Masakadza, no run, full outside off, moves across, gets close to the line, defends to cover

25.3

Oram to Masakadza, FOUR, Masakadza gets into the hitting mode. This has been a cat-and-muse between these two. Hamilton looks to make room, Oram follows him, this time he stays a touch inside the line, and flicks it between fine leg and deep square

25.4

Oram to Masakadza, OUT, Silence. You can hear a chair creek at Queen's. Masakadza slogs across one, Oram stays straight. On a length it pitches, beats the swinging bat, and hits top of middle

H Masakadza b Oram 36 (102m 56b 3x4 0x6) SR: 64.28

Forster Mutizwa to bat now. One slip in place for him

25.5

Oram to Mutizwa, 1 leg bye, length ball, into the pads, clipped away for a single

25.6

Oram to Taibu, 1 run, runs this down to third man for a single

End of over 26 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 161/3 (168 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 6.19, RRR: 7.00)
T Taibu    46* (32b 4x4 2x6)      JDP Oram    5-0-23-1
F Mutizwa    0* (1b)      LJ Woodcock    5-0-37-0

"Yip, I kno Sid. Nuh Zillinners din use a lo' of vowls or cinsinnins. Bit thy duh use mor thin thuh Strayans." That's gold, Michelle. Rob Nicol is here

26.1

Nicol to Taibu, no run, jumps out of the crease, is beaten in the flight, defends

26.2

Nicol to Taibu, 2 runs, leaves the crease again, lofts it by the side of straight midwicket, and Aldridge at long-on dives to save two. He has been sensational in the outfield today

26.3

Nicol to Taibu, 1 run, down the track to hit this to deep midwicket for one

26.4

Nicol to Mutizwa, OUT, Boy these McCullums are flying everywhere. This is short, turns a touch extra, hurries him into the an uppish flick, and N McCullum goes parallel to his left to make this catch happen. He even manages to make it look easy

F Mutizwa c NL McCullum b Nicol 0 (5m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Waller is the new batsman

26.5

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

Slip comes in

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

End of over 27 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 164/4 (165 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 6.07, RRR: 7.17)
MN Waller    0* (2b)      RJ Nicol    2-0-8-1
T Taibu    49* (35b 4x4 2x6)      JDP Oram    5-0-23-1

McKay is back. One wide slip in place even for Taibu

27.1

McKay to Taibu, 1 run, and he has steered this wide of that slip to get to his fifty, off 36 balls. That's quite handy. They appreciate it at the stadium, and Taibu acknowledges it

27.2

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

27.3

McKay to Taibu, 1 run, length ball on off, pushed with soft hands, wide of mid-off for one

"If I could 'like' Michelle's comment, I would. Strayans is so true!" Chrus from Un Zid is a classical handle too. Well played over all

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

27.6

McKay to Taibu, 2 runs, length ball, on the pads, driven to midwicket, and the overthrow allows them a second

End of over 28 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 172/4 (157 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 6.14, RRR: 7.13)
T Taibu    53* (38b 4x4 2x6)      AJ McKay    5-0-35-1
MN Waller    4* (5b)      RJ Nicol    2-0-8-1

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

End of over 29 (1 run) Zimbabwe 173/4 (156 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 5.96, RRR: 7.42)
MN Waller    5* (11b)      RJ Nicol    3-0-9-1
T Taibu    53* (38b 4x4 2x6)      AJ McKay    5-0-35-1

"There was a young man from Harare,
More a Volkswagon than a Ferrari,
But although he is small,
He can hit a long ball,
That Tiddly Taibu of Zimbabwe!
" Alan Patridge fancies himself poetically

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

It's 6-3 now

29.5

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

29.6

McKay to Taibu, OUT, These McCullum brothers have magnets or what? Poor analogy because the ball is not metal. Anyway, another catch for the McCullums, and what a big wicket. Taibu looks for the inside-out drive, hits it uppishly, and B McCullum dives to his left to take this. That's four catches between the brothers out of the five wickets to fall

T Taibu c BB McCullum b McKay 53 (53m 39b 4x4 2x6) SR: 135.89

End of over 30 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 183/5 (146 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 6.10, RRR: 7.30)
     AJ McKay    6-0-45-2
MN Waller    14* (16b 2x4)      RJ Nicol    3-0-9-1

Elton Chigumbura comes in now, but Waller is on strike

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

30.3

Nicol to Chigumbura, no run, flighted outside off, Chigumbura defends

30.4

Nicol to Chigumbura, no run, short of a length, punched away, N McCullum makes a diving save at short midwicket

30.5

Nicol to Chigumbura, no run, punched on the off side, and this time he finds B McCullum at short cover

30.6

Nicol to Chigumbura, no run, big appeal for a catch at the wicket. This one doesn't turn in, beats the edge, but doesn't hit it

End of over 31 (1 run) Zimbabwe 184/5 (145 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.93, RRR: 7.63)
E Chigumbura    0* (4b)      RJ Nicol    4-0-10-1
MN Waller    15* (18b 2x4)      AJ McKay    6-0-45-2

Woodcock comes back. At this stage, NZ were 132. Zimbabwe are 52 ahead, but we all know who is winning this match

31.1

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

31.2

Woodcock to Chigumbura, no run, flighted on middle and leg, defended back to him

31.3

Woodcock to Chigumbura, no run, tossed up straight again, pushed to short cover

31.4

Woodcock to Chigumbura, no run, quicker, now, Elton looks to punch, is hurried into it, gets a bottom edge

31.5

Woodcock to Chigumbura, 1 run, flighted on off, pushed to long-off for one

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

End of over 32 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 190/5 (139 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.93, RRR: 7.72)
MN Waller    20* (20b 3x4)      LJ Woodcock    6-0-43-0
E Chigumbura    1* (8b)      RJ Nicol    4-0-10-1

32.1

Nicol to Chigumbura, 1 run, length ball, middle and leg, turned to leg for a single

32.2

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

32.3

Nicol to Chigumbura, no run, quicker one, punched straight to short midwicket

32.4

Nicol to Chigumbura, no run, flighted, dips at him, pushed back to Nicol

32.5

Nicol to Chigumbura, SIX, Elton tees off now. This is flat and full, and he gets under it to loft this over long-on. High back-lift, the back leg goes down to give him the power

32.6

Nicol to Chigumbura, 1 run, full, on the toes, worked away for a single to deep square

End of over 33 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 199/5 (130 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.03, RRR: 7.64)
E Chigumbura    9* (13b 1x6)      RJ Nicol    5-0-19-1
MN Waller    21* (21b 3x4)      LJ Woodcock    6-0-43-0

Oram is back

33.1

Oram to Chigumbura, no run, length ball, middle and off, helped away to short midwicket

33.2

Oram to Chigumbura, 1 run, length ball, hit on the up, powerfully too, Oram gets a foot on it, probably saving three runs

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

33.5

Oram to Chigumbura, no run, the flying McCullums again. This is hit powerfully down the ground, but N McCullum doves full length to his right to save a sure boundary

33.6

Oram to Chigumbura, no run, a frustrated Chigumbura heaves across the line, is early into the shot, and is hit on the pad

End of over 34 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 201/5 (128 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.91, RRR: 8.00)
E Chigumbura    10* (17b 1x6)      JDP Oram    6-0-25-1
MN Waller    22* (23b 3x4)      RJ Nicol    5-0-19-1

"... we all know who is gonna win this match? really now? i'd say the game is still hanging in the Ballance!" Jambe, you could say I have stuck my neck out. I don't mind being proven wrong, though

34.1

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

34.2

Nicol to Chigumbura, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, cut away to deep point

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

Final drinks break of the day

End of over 35 (11 runs) Zimbabwe 212/5 (117 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.05, RRR: 7.80)
MN Waller    32* (28b 3x4 1x6)      RJ Nicol    6-0-30-1
E Chigumbura    11* (18b 1x6)      JDP Oram    6-0-25-1

Today is a day of brothers, and here I publish emails from the brothers Troyd one after the other. Andrew first: "Think Waller has genuine ability - a kind of gritty Ryan McClaren character, but a record of underperformance at international level, could this be the innings to restore the faith? C'mon son!" Luke later: "As safe as you are clearly (and rightly) feeling with this ""...but we all know who is winning this match"" I swear i will be bludgeoning you with that stick at EVERY opportunity should, by some micracle, you turn out to be wrong!!" Don't worry Luke, I'll take a printout of that part of the commentary page and eat it with my dinner tonight. Anyway, Powerplay time. Oram continues

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

Both third man and fine leg in the circle

35.4

Oram to Chigumbura, no run, yorker on off, dug out to cover

35.5

Oram to Chigumbura, no run, caught on the back foot to a length ball, playing across the line too, and it naturally draws a big appeal. That hits him on the back foot, on the thigh pad, but he is inside the crease. marginally outside the line, if anything. That was a borderline call

35.6

Oram to Chigumbura, 1 run, back to bowling full, hit wide of mid-on for a single

End of over 36 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 218/5 (111 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.05, RRR: 7.92)
E Chigumbura    12* (21b 1x6)      JDP Oram    7-0-31-1
MN Waller    37* (31b 4x4 1x6)      RJ Nicol    6-0-30-1

Aldridge comes back

36.1

Aldridge to Chigumbura, FOUR, and Chigumbura picks the slower ball very early, and smashes the length ball well over midwicket. This game is on

36.2

Aldridge to Chigumbura, 1 run, looks to make room, the offcutter follows him, the inside edge allows him a single to square leg

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

"dinner...no! just remembered i'm cooking tonight. you may be in for something rather more tasty than the little'uns at my house can expect. I wonder how Andrew gets time to write more here in a match than to me in a year!? ... and a comparison with McClaren to boot!! better to write nothing at all!!! McClaren really, how about Blignaut or Whittal - something we can connect with..." About my prediciton Luke, I am pleasantly surprised at how coolly Zimbabwe are ding it. No slogging, no panic, emphasis on gaps and couples

36.6

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

End of over 37 (12 runs) Zimbabwe 230/5 (99 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.21, RRR: 7.61)
MN Waller    44* (35b 5x4 1x6)      GW Aldridge    6-0-32-0
E Chigumbura    17* (23b 1x4 1x6)      JDP Oram    7-0-31-1

McKay comes back, a wide slip in place

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

37.3

McKay to Chigumbura, no run, looks to runs this down again, beaten outside off

37.4

McKay to Chigumbura, no run, short of a length, bludgeoned to mid-on

37.5

McKay to Chigumbura, FOUR, flat, mis-hit for four. On the up, clears the front leg, muscles it. Off the inside half it goes, between mid-off and mid-on

It's called over at five balls. The third umpire pitches in, and McKay is called back to complete the over. I am not suggesting McKay knew he was walking off having bowled just five, but imagine if you were the bowler and were being given your hat in a similar situation after just five balls, would you say, "No I think I need to bowl another."

37.6

McKay to Chigumbura, no run, slogs across the line of a short-of-a-length delivery, beaten by the angle

End of over 38 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 237/5 (92 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.23, RRR: 7.66)
E Chigumbura    21* (27b 2x4 1x6)      AJ McKay    7-0-52-2
MN Waller    47* (37b 5x4 1x6)      GW Aldridge    6-0-32-0

N McCullum is back

38.1

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

38.2

NL McCullum to Chigumbura, 1 run, short of a length, pushed wide of cover

"for giving credit where its due "I am pleasantly surprised at how coolly Zimbabwe are ding it" I motion what we let you off the hook. you don't have to chew that print out tonight!" Jambe, I really don't want either of sides to win the match more than the other. I'd gladly take a tie

38.3

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

38.3

NL McCullum to Chigumbura, FOUR, Chigumbura accepts the gift. Makes room, and lofts this full ball down the ground. Feet short of being a six

38.4

NL McCullum to Chigumbura, 1 run, offbreak, on the pads worked away for a single to leg

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

38.6

NL McCullum to Chigumbura, SIX, Chigumbura is on fire at the other end. Gives him the half charge, doesn't get too close to the pitch of the flat, and lofts this for a flat six over long-off. Asking rate under seven now

End of over 39 (16 runs) Zimbabwe 253/5 (76 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.48, RRR: 6.90)
E Chigumbura    33* (31b 3x4 2x6)      NL McCullum    7-0-62-1
MN Waller    50* (40b 5x4 1x6)      AJ McKay    7-0-52-2

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

39.5

McKay to Chigumbura, 1 run, full, on the pads, pushed to mid-on for one

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

51 for no loss in PP< that outdoes NZ's chunk

End of over 40 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 263/5 (66 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.57, RRR: 6.60)
MN Waller    59* (45b 7x4 1x6)      AJ McKay    8-0-62-2
E Chigumbura    34* (32b 3x4 2x6)      NL McCullum    7-0-62-1

Singing and dancing on at the ground as Andrew writes back: "McClaren as an underperforming allrounder who should have done better, (i'll spell it out next time). I hope he doesn't turn out to be a Blignaut - who once took a hat-trick and then lived on that bowling performance as an allrounder for the rest of his career. A good swinger of the bat, but not an allrounder. Buy take out, think of the kids...."

40.1

Aldridge to Chigumbura, 1 leg bye, Drama. Moves across the line, and he hits the pad and appeals. Not given out, but Waller takes the focus away from lbw appeal as he goes for a leg-bye. Watling removes the bails, and this is as tight can tight be. The low frame rate and the bails' being coloured the same as the stumps doesn't help. He is in by half a frame, and the lbw appeal seemed just as close to me. Watling is hurt as he dives to make this throw and runs into the bat of Waller

40.2

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

Watling is limping still

40.3

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

40.4

Aldridge to Chigumbura, 1 run, a near yorker, pushed to mid-off for one

"WOW! SM involved in a high scoring game!! Now i have seen everything!" Yes Rakesh, it hasn't been a good day on that count

40.5

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

40.6

Aldridge to Chigumbura, no run, fuller, on a length, just outside off, hit back to Aldridge for the rare dot ball

End of over 41 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 269/5 (60 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.56, RRR: 6.66)
E Chigumbura    35* (35b 3x4 2x6)      GW Aldridge    7-0-37-0
MN Waller    63* (48b 7x4 1x6)      AJ McKay    8-0-62-2

It's really down to how cool Zimbabwe stay here, especially if they lose a wicket. Otherwise they are the favourites here. McKay to bowl his ninth over. A slip still in place. He goes round the wicket

41.1

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

41.2

McKay to Chigumbura, 2 runs, short of a length, outside off, hit to the right of deep point, into the bigger half of the ground, and despite Nicol's accurate throw they make it back for two

41.3

McKay to Chigumbura, SIX, Chigumbura is on fire right now. Short of a length, outside off, he lines it up, and pulls it off the front foot. Well over deep midwicket. Conferences happen on the field as the crowd goes mad

Back over the stumps. It's down to run a ball

41.4

McKay to Chigumbura, 1 run, low full toss, digs it out for a single to mid-on

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

End of over 42 (15 runs) Zimbabwe 284/5 (45 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.76, RRR: 5.62)
MN Waller    69* (51b 8x4 1x6)      AJ McKay    9-0-77-2
E Chigumbura    44* (38b 3x4 3x6)      GW Aldridge    7-0-37-0

42.1

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

42.2

Aldridge to Chigumbura, no run, short and wide, cut away in front of square, Woodcock at cover makes a diving save at the cover right, to his wrong side that too

42.3

Aldridge to Chigumbura, 1 run, tries the rare ugly swipe to a full ball, that late inside edge saves him from a plumb lbw

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

One of those four men goes back now

42.5

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

"What a Ballanced chase this has been so far! COME ON ZIM!!" What a comeback, Daniel

42.6

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

End of over 43 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 289/5 (40 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.72, RRR: 5.71)
MN Waller    73* (55b 8x4 1x6)      GW Aldridge    8-0-42-0
E Chigumbura    45* (40b 3x4 3x6)      AJ McKay    9-0-77-2

Zimbabwe have never successfully chased 300. Well on course for this one. 290 is their highest successful chase, as score they will reach soon. Here is Oram

43.1

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

43.2

Oram to Chigumbura, 1 run, short of a length, punched on the up, gets a single to deep cover

43.3

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

43.4

Oram to Chigumbura, 1 run, full toss, driven down the ground for a single

"NZ's bowling has not actually been spectacular the whole series. Not wanting to single out anyone, but you have to question the selectors wisdom of choosing to debut Aldridge at 33+ rather than looking at one of the younger talents such as Milne or Butler" Ironically Ben, Aldridge has been the best of the lot today

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

43.6

Oram to Chigumbura, 1 wide, tennis-ball bouncer, and it's called a wide

43.6

Oram to Chigumbura, OUT, Oh what have you done Elton? Length ball all right, but he swipes across it, the head falls away, the bat swings down the wrong line, and the middle stump is uprooted. The usually soft-spoken Oram has a lot to say now. Not sure if it is directed at Chigumbura

E Chigumbura b Oram 47 (64m 43b 3x4 3x6) SR: 109.30

End of over 44 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 295/6 (34 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.70, RRR: 5.66)
     JDP Oram    8-0-37-2
MN Waller    76* (58b 8x4 1x6)      GW Aldridge    8-0-42-0

Oh they are so close to it, are Zimbabwe. Do they have the nerves to knock off the remaining runs? Down to Waller now. Meth is the new man, at the other end, though. Woodcock comes back

44.1

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

44.2

Woodcock to Meth, no run, length ball, accurate, the bat comes down late, hit straight to straight extra cover

44.3

Woodcock to Meth, OUT, poor poor cricket from Meth. Charges at him without any purpose. Woodcock bowls a straight length ball, he wafts down the wrong line, and is bowled. Mindless really

KO Meth b Woodcock 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

"Noooo!....please Keegan, just support Waller..." Dylan's pleas haven't been heard

What a time for the debutant to walk in

44.4

Woodcock to Mushangwe, no run, short of a length, defended

44.5

Woodcock to Mushangwe, no run, jumps out of the crease, yorks himself up, hits it back to the bowler

44.6

Woodcock to Mushangwe, no run, Where are their brains? He tries the huge slog sweep as Waller watches on from the other end. That has missed the off stump by not much

End of over 45 (1 run) Zimbabwe 296/7 (33 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.57, RRR: 6.60)
N Mushangwe    0* (3b)      LJ Woodcock    7-0-44-1
MN Waller    77* (59b 8x4 1x6)      JDP Oram    8-0-37-2

45.1

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

45.2

Oram to Mushangwe, no run, wide down the leg side, they are appealing to prevent the wide I think because the bat is miles away. Not called a wide. Perhaps it hit the pad

45.3

Oram to Mushangwe, no run, short of a length, accurate, no room, hit back to Oram. Pressure now

Steven: "I know we are experts at grabbing defeat from the jaws of victory but boys for my poor tickers sake, hang in there and grab the victory. Great fighting spirit though, it'll be a shame to throw it away now.'

45.4

Oram to Mushangwe, no run, Waller needs to have a word with this man paying crazy strike. Backs away even before Oram hits the delivery stride, and then swings almost eyes closed. Misses the short ball

Waller walks up now

45.5

Oram to Mushangwe, 1 leg bye, this time the back swing stays low, Oram hits the pads, and concedes a leg-bye

Angus Lock: "Please may this not be another zim classic, one that gives you hope throughout the match only to end in the inevitable dissapointment!!"

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

End of over 46 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 300/7 (29 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.52, RRR: 7.25)
MN Waller    80* (61b 8x4 1x6)      JDP Oram    9-0-40-2
N Mushangwe    0* (7b)      LJ Woodcock    7-0-44-1

"They say Keegan Meth had a nightmare with the ball and now with the bat but he must now always be able to look on the bright side and say that at least he didnt cop one in the face." That's perspective, from Garreth

46.1

Woodcock to Mushangwe, SIX, this is a crazy match. Natsai has been dangerously swinging and missing, but this time he connects, lofting him over long-on. The crowd find their voice again. That wasn't the smartest move, though

Over the wicket

46.2

Woodcock to Mushangwe, 1 run, punched to long-off now, the most sensible shot he has played all day

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

Back round the wicket

46.5

Woodcock to Mushangwe, OUT, Stunned silence again. Natsai jumps out of the crease and swings blindly again. Middle stump knocked over. Woodcock is elated, Waller looks on

N Mushangwe b Woodcock 7 (9m 10b 0x4 1x6) SR: 70.00

Waller has to take more control now. He has to be in his partners' ears and make sure they don't play stupid shots like the two previous batsmen have. All I know is bad shots with Ray Price will come over his dead body

46.6

Woodcock to Price, no run, full, on the pads, defends, over to Waller for the next over

End of over 47 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 308/8 (21 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.55, RRR: 7.00)
RW Price    0* (1b)      LJ Woodcock    8-0-52-2
MN Waller    81* (63b 8x4 1x6)      JDP Oram    9-0-40-2

"I think its really irresponsible for Cricinfo not to have a hotline that Zimbabwe supporters can phone into, and talk them off the edge..." Dylan, next you will ask for shrinks and couches. And just imagine what all we will need for Pakistan fans. Aldridge comes back. He will bowl Nos 48 and 50

47.1

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

The field comes up now. No easy singles

47.2

Aldridge to Price, 1 run, short of a length, into the pads, helped away with the angle for a single to fine leg

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

Singles on offer now

47.6

Aldridge to Price, no run, Price is a champ. Digs out a yorker, and belts out a NO. Clear thinking

End of over 48 (11 runs) Zimbabwe 319/8 (10 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.64, RRR: 5.00)
RW Price    1* (3b)      GW Aldridge    9-0-53-0
MN Waller    91* (67b 10x4 1x6)      LJ Woodcock    8-0-52-2

"This is awesome I am ashamed by the fact that I am loving Woodcock's performance... Just for what it might imply." Ken is a confused Kiwi right now. Woodcock continues, though. Two hits away are Zimbabwe

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

Interesting now. Men come up for Price

48.3

Woodcock to Price, no run, full and straight, hits him on the pad, Ryder is really close at short fine

48.4

Woodcock to Price, 1 run, swept away crisply, takes a single amid huge cheers from the crowd

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

If he gets a single here, this is Zimbabwe's game. Or will he go for the hit to end it now?

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

End of over 49 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 325/8 (4 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.63, RRR: 4.00)
MN Waller    95* (71b 10x4 1x6)      LJ Woodcock    9-0-58-2
RW Price    2* (5b)      GW Aldridge    9-0-53-0

Big Jake Jacob Oram to bowl the last over. Can he pull a rabbit out here? New Zealand's best bet would be to give him the single here, and then tie Pierce to this end

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

Everybody is up now

49.3

Oram to Price, no run, yorker, hit to short midwicket, sent back

49.4

Oram to Price, OUT, the game stays alive, but Price might have done just enough. Short of a length, Price tries to clear the leg-side field. The top edge goes nowhere, but Waller makes sure he moves to the striking end by the time the catch is taken

RW Price c BB McCullum b Oram 2 (15m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

Ncube walks out, gets a knock on the glove from Price. All he has to do is run like hell when Waller calls him, Anybody thinking of Lance Klusener? This is not Australia and South Africa, but their neighbours

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

New Zealand get a shield for winning the series. They don't look really kicked. The loss must be gutting for them. Jesse Ryder of all people gets to uncork the champagne. Those are the scenes we leave you with. Lovely day of cricket. Cheers for tuning in

Time to listen to the Taylors and the Man of the Match. Brendan Taylor is the Man of the Series. He says, "Awesome feeling. Nice to end the way we did. Nice to salvage a bit of pride. All credit to New Zealand. We will take a lot out of this. We have a little bit of momentum now. From start to finish the guys were positive in their approach. No nails left. The crowd always turns up, this one is for them, and everyone who has shown up in the past."

Malcolm Waller is the Man of the Match. "Feeling really good," says he. "Good to come out winning this game. Great. To take it right through the end was very good. Having Elto striking it s well was great. I was a bit nervous at times, but Elton took the pressure off with the big hits, and Razor in the end was great."

"I thought 320 was a par score. It was a pretty good wicket. The way Kane batted was fantastic, but Zimbabwe batted superbly," says Ross. "The story of this series has been, if you drop catches, you lose matches. I was a bit rusty and enjoyed some luck with the bat. Kane was outstanding. We could have bowled a bit straighter, but I am going to put my hand up. I dropped two easy catches, and if you do that you are going to lose matches."

Stumps are taken out, hands are shaken, hugs exchanged. This is a huge day for Zimbabwe cricket. Elton Chigumbura says before the ball he thought he would punch it down the ground, but the impulse took over. Just an example of how easy the game looks when played with fingers and a keyboard. "Sid, printed in triplet and the carbon paper joins the meal...Enjoy!!! this is a good day to die! :)" Although I don't like the first half of Luke's email, the latter half sums up just how much this means to Zimbabwe fans. Liam Brickhill must be dancing somewhere too. "Three consecutive Taylor centuries on the losing team? Maybe they should both score a ton next time." Brendan, that's what kept this from being a tie. Had Brendan reached his hundred I am sure we would have had a tie. Ironic that Ross Taylor himself dropped two-and-a-half catches in the end

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