Player of the Match
Player of the Match
1161dThe Report by Firdose Moonda in Bulawayo

NZ spinners cap off Zimbabwe capitulation for 2-0 win

After wondering whether they could pick up 20 wickets on unresponsive Zimbabwean surfaces before the series began, New Zealand did it twice to seal the rubber 2-0

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

CR Ervine
CR Ervine
146(272) 18x4 - 1x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 29 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
14 14 8 40 23 13 14 20
TWM Latham
TWM Latham
136(269) 11x4 - 0x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 40 runs
  • 5x4 - 0x6
23 7 10 11 14 22 9 40

Best performances - Bowlers

IS Sodhi
IS Sodhi
O21.4
M9
R60
W4
Eco2.76
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W
MJ Guptill
MJ Guptill
O7
M4
R11
W3
Eco1.57
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W

Match Details

Toss

New Zealand , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

New Zealand won the 2-match series 2-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

09.30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.30

Match days

6,7,8,9,10 August 2016 (5-day match)

Test debut

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorecard Summary

NEW ZEALAND 582/4d(150 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

ZIMBABWE 362(143.4 OVERS)
1ST INNINGS

NEW ZEALAND 166/2d(36 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

ZIMBABWE 132(68.4 OVERS)
2ND INNINGS

Commentator: Nikhil Kalro

1.15pm Right then, it's been a pleasure as always to bring you the game. Thanks for your comments and your time. Loads of cricket going on, so stay tuned. Until next time, bye.

12.55pm All over rather quickly after lunch. Five wickets in under 45 minutes, and NZ clinically put Zimbabwe away. They head to South Africa after sweeping Zimbabwe 2-0. In terms of the Test, a much much better effort from Zimbabwe, put up stiffer resistance, fought hard, but the story after lunch was a rather sad effort. Some soft dismissals, some tough decisions. Deserved mentions to Craig Ervine, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham, along with handy contributions from NZ's bowlers who toiled away. Zimbabwe can take away quite a few positives from this game.

Presentation time.

Neil Wagner is the Man of the Series: "Never in my wildest dreams, I expected to get something like this in the quality group we got. Was hard toil, full credit to the Zimbabwe team. Latham and Nicholls, great catching. I think I've shrunk a few centimetres after the series. Has been outstanding. Focus on SA now, a lot of hardwork."

Graeme Cremer: "We got used to their seamers I suppose. We showed fight. Credit to the guys, couldn't ask for anything more. We knew it was going to be hard to get wickets. Credit to NZ for taking 20 wickets. Any cricket for us is really appreciated, we need to be playing more to be more competitive. Hopefully we can get in some cricket before SL series in October

Kane Williamson is the Man of the Match: "Great effort, knew it was going to be tough to take 20 wickets on this surface. Credit to the bowlers to take 20 wickets. Nice toss to win, to be able to bowl on the last day. We had to pick a balance, some guys had to miss out. All in our squad are stepping up, causing a few problems but a good problem to have. Personally, they (records) aren't high on my agenda. Trying to contribute to the team. The odd record comes up, that's nice but focus on the team. Important we look to improve. Big challenge in SA."

68.4
W
Sodhi to Chinouya, OUT, no doubt about that one. Zimbabwe bowled out for 132. NZ win by 254 runs and wrap up the series 2-0. Another googly outside off, Chinouya gets forward and pops a catch to short cover. Hard hands, but he is No. 11 for a reason. Zimbabwe players shake hands with the New Zealand players, but can hold their heads high after a strong reply after the first Test

MT Chinouya c Williamson b Sodhi 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

68.3
0
Sodhi to Chinouya, no run, googly first up down leg, off the pad to leg slip
68.2
W
Sodhi to Masvaure, OUT, given. One more. How though? Flat delivery on leg, Masvaure gets forward and looks to defend. The ball beats the inside edge and hits Masvaure in front of leg. But was that sliding down leg? Yes, it was. But he has been given out caught. The ball lobbed up off the pad and taken by Taylor at slip. Another bad decision, the ball did not hit the inside edge. Zimbabwe unravelling quickly. Umpire Gough this time

PS Masvaure c Taylor b Sodhi 11 (106m 61b 1x4 0x6) SR: 18.03

Neil: "Sodhi has the perfect plan. Bowl a whole lot of bad balls, the batsmen relax and play some shots, then he tosses in the occasional good one to get a wicket....genius."

68.1
0
Sodhi to Masvaure, no run, overpitched outside off, driven to mid-off

END OF OVER:
68 | (wicket maiden) | ZIM: 132/8

  • John Nyumbu0 (1b)
  • Prince Masvaure11 (59b)
  • Martin Guptill7-4-11-3
  • Ish Sodhi11-5-19-1
67.6
0
Guptill to Nyumbu, no run, flight on middle, Nyumbu inside-edges towards midwicket. Pad well down leg
67.5
W
Guptill to Cremer, OUT, tossed up outside off, Cremer comes forward and smashes one into his pad. Umpire Reiffel has another shocker. Guptill doesn't care, he celebrates in joy. Right in front but there was a lot of bat on that. Plenty of flight outside off from around the wicket and Cremer plays with bat close to pay. Only call was if there was pad first, certainly did not look like it

AG Cremer lbw b Guptill 1 (16m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 5.88

Unstoppable Taylor

285.5

Ross Taylor's Test average versus Zimbabwe. His scores against them are: 76, 76, 122*, 173*, 124*.

Complete set of 100s

13

Batsmen who have scored Test hundreds against each of the nine oppositions. Williamson is the latest to join this group

Quick Williamson

91

Innings in which Williamson completed the set of hundreds v all opposition, the quickest so far. He is also the youngest to complete the set