Taibu leads fightback after Bond onslaught
New Zealand 48 for 2 trail Zimbabwe 231 (Taibu 76, Bond 6-51) by 183 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball
Shane Bond's opening salvo threatened to make this match as appalling for Zimbabwe as at Harare. Taibu won the toss and decided to bat on a pitch without much grass covering and under a clear sky. That advantage was lost on the top order as the first three wickets fell for just 9 runs. The second ball of the day from Bond swung back in, beat Dion Ebrahim's attempted drive and trapped him leg before. Stuart Carlisle fell in similar fashion and then Hamilton Masakadza, softened up by fierce bowling from Bond, went for a desperate hook and holed out to fine leg for 0.
Brendan Taylor and Craig Wishart fought back well, and for a time they seemed to have weathered the storm. They played some handsome drives and were looking threatening when a superb catch in the gully by Nathan Astle, diving athletically to his right, removed Wishart for 30. Two more wickets fell quickly shortly before the interval. Taylor played a disappointing slash outside his off stump to give Bond his 50th wicket in Tests - and he grabbed No. 51 with the next delivery as Heath Streak was caught behind off a thick outside edge to give Bond the remarkable figures of 5 for 11 off seven overs before lunch.
Bond, with the old ball, ended Taibu's resistance as he perished hooking straight to long leg, and Mahwire soon followed, holing out at mid-on for 42. Bond ended with Test-best figures of 6 for 51.
New Zealand faced nine overs before the close, but, as had been the case at Harare, Zimbabwe made early inroads into their top order. James Marshall was the first to go when he cut Streak and Carlisle took a sharp catch in the gully.
The final ball of the day produced a second wicket among scenes verging on the farcical as Hamish Marshall steered the ball to gully and set off for a run. Both he and Lou Vincent finished at the non-striker's end as Taibu took off the bails at the other. It took the third umpire to decide that Marshall would not be back in the morning.