3rd ODI, New Zealand tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa at Harare, Aug 7 2015
(47.4/50 ov, target 274)
New Zealand won by 38 runs
Player Of The Match
New Zealand
ZIM Innings
Full commentary
end of over 483 runs • 2 wicket
ZIM: 235/10CRR: 4.93 • RRR: 16.71 • Need 39 runs from 14b
John Nyumbu1 (1)
Mitchell McClenaghan8.4-0-36-3
Ben Wheeler9-1-34-0

Time for the presentation:

Chigumbura: NZ played well, especially upfront but out batting let us down, it was a reasonable target. We laid the foundation and some players managed to get runs but it's something to learn from. Pakistan are coming in six weeks so we need to make sure we pull things up from where we need to learn.

Williamson: The wicket was tough and they bowled very well but the way boys stuck it in and put on that score was competitive. We knew that if we could get one we could put them under pressure. It was a fantastic and well-fought series.

Man of the Match and Series also Williamson: Tough series and adapt to conditions, most pleasing thing for me was learning from each game. We've got a strong squad and we came here looking to be as competitive as we could be in the busy schedule. These are stepping stones for us, there's still the T20 left so we are looking forward to that.

Samrat Ahuja: "Dear Whatmore and Selectors, please find a better death bowler and a good wicket keeping batsman!

That's all we have from the ODI series, in which New Zealand fought back after being down 1-0 to take the series. Do join us again on Sunday for the lone T20 before NZ head to South Africa for more matches. Until then, it's goodbye and good luck from Vishal Dikshit, ciao!

4.38pm It was a great opportunity for Zimbabwe to take the series, esp after winning the first match of the series. They were also in very good position to chase down 274 today. Masakadza anchored their innings early on, but Chibhabha was having troubles rotating the strike. If one factor had to be picked for their loss, it would be the hosts throwing their wickets away right from the beginning

McClenaghan to Madziva, OUT
that's it, last wicket falls and NZ take the series! Madziva was not in great position to pull that short ball and got a leading edge high on the leg side. Neesham at fine leg got under it nicely to take it in the deep
N Madziva c Neesham b McClenaghan 2 (18m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
McClenaghan to Madziva, 2 runs
low full toss on the stumps and it's driven into the covers, in the air, in the gap and they manage to come back for the second
McClenaghan to Nyumbu, 1 run
full on the stumps again, pushed down the ground to long-on for one

Last wicket for NZ to take the series

McClenaghan to Panyangara, OUT
it's full, it's straight and the middle stump is uprooted! Panyangara went too far and across to glance the ball to leg but missed it completely and the ball took out only one stump
T Panyangara b McClenaghan 7 (6m 7b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

MClenaghan has two left. Here he is

Samrat Ahuja: "Zimbabwe will be pondering Where did they lose it today." Gave away wickets on their own?

end of over 478 runs
ZIM: 232/8CRR: 4.93 • RRR: 14.00 • Need 42 runs from 18b
Tinashe Panyangara7 (6)
Neville Madziva0 (1)
Ben Wheeler9-1-34-0
James Neesham3-1-16-1
Wheeler to Panyangara, 1 run
almost in the block hole outside off, driven into the covers for one now
Wheeler to Panyangara, no run
another full toss outside off, it's steered straight to point
Wheeler to Panyangara, no run
full toss just outside off, pushed into the covers and the fielder dives to save a run, or a few
Wheeler to Panyangara, 1 wide
this one moves away from the batsman as he chases while coming down the ground, called a wide
Wheeler to Panyangara, no run
another bottom edge from well outside off goes to the keeper
Wheeler to Panyangara, SIX runs
it's still alive, is it? Short ball closer to the batsman is dispatched to the midwicket boundary with a powerful hit for six
Wheeler to Panyangara, no run
chases the short of length ball outside off and gets a bottom edge

Two wickets to go, 50 needed in the chase and Panyangara comes out

end of over 4611 runs • 1 wicket
ZIM: 224/8CRR: 4.86 • RRR: 12.50 • Need 50 runs from 24b
Neville Madziva0 (1)
James Neesham3-1-16-1
Ben Wheeler8-1-26-0

That pretty much seals the chase now

Neesham to Williams, OUT
another one held in the deep, big wicket of Williams this time! He slogged that length delivery on the leg side, it wasn't quite that full and Guptill came in a few yards to catch that comfortably. Williams looks at the toe end of his bat while walking back
SC Williams c Guptill b Neesham 63 (85m 62b 5x4 1x6) SR: 101.61
Neesham to Williams, FOUR runs
he gets it in that region but with a thick edge off a big drive and the ball flies over short third man for four!
Neesham to Williams, no run
tries to reverse swat the ball from outside off behind square but misses

Williams needs a change of bat

Neesham to Williams, no run
dropped by Neesham as Williams smashed it back to him, was around waist height but didn't stick in Neesham's hands
Neesham to Williams, 2 runs
it's gone only to cover and they take two! Full toss outside off was smashed to cover, the collection was not clean along with the drive and they took two
Neesham to Williams, FOUR runs
what an elegant straight drive! It was pitched up, Williams made some room and lofted it straight down the ground to just beat long-on
Neesham to Williams, 1 wide
starts off with a wide well outside off

61 from 30, only three wickets to go. Neesham has appeared from somewhere

end of over 453 runs • 1 wicket
ZIM: 213/7CRR: 4.73 • RRR: 12.20 • Need 61 runs from 30b
Neville Madziva0 (1)
Sean Williams53 (56)
Ben Wheeler8-1-26-0
Nathan McCullum9-0-47-1
Wheeler to Madziva, no run
short ball well outside off, it was slow too and Madziva chases and misses
Wheeler to Williams, 1 run
makes a lot of room, Wheeler's short ball chases him and Williams pulls it to deep square leg
Wheeler to Williams, OUT
that's a suicidal run out, that too after a full toss was pushed straight back to the bowler! The full toss was on the stumps, not smashed away but down the ground and Wheeler turned around quickly after stopping it to rattle the stumps at the non-striker's end because Cremer had walked a few yards by then
AG Cremer run out (Wheeler) 14 (31m 23b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.86

Concerned: "the run rate has climbed high now. Williams needs to play some big risky shots to save the day."