Ervine ton lifts Zimbabwe to stirring win
At the halfway stage in Harare, faced with a target of 304, Zimbabwe looked like they might add to their long list of recent losses, but they came out fighting and it paid off
4.55pm Right then, Zimbabwe go 1-0 up in the three-match series. New Zealand will be desperate to bounce back in the 2nd ODI on Tuesday. Until then, its goodbye.
4.45pm A really, really good chase by Zimbabwe, showing everyone how to do it too. Kept wickets for the end, keeping the required run-rate in check at most times. No panic from Ervine, kept his nerve and produced an amazing display of batsmanship in the penultimate over. He picked his shots brilliantly well and executed even better. An undoubtedly, deserved win for Zimbabwe.
Williamson: 'I thought 303 was enough. It wasn't easy up front and I thought it was a good effort. They outplayed us in all areas though, full credit to them. We weren't at our best either. It isn't a train wreck and we weren't far off, maybe struggled a bit with the ball.'
Chigumbura: 'It has been a hard road for us, and it shows we are capable of winning games. It was a good wicket and our opening partnership showed the way.'
Craig Ervine is the Man of the Match. "It feels very good, especially to be there at the end. The pitch tended to misbehave a bit against India, but it was good today. I took it ball-by-ball and didn't think too much about it."
Rakesh: "A tall chase executed perfectly with a solid opening partnership, followed by 2 more solid performances by the top order, calm, unhurried and full of belief and self confidence with top class shot's & rotation of the strike."
Asad: "Great win for Zimbabwe. After coming so close in many games they've finally won one here."
One required. Nathan McCullum with most fielders inside the circle.
Eleven off 8 now
Kane Williamson entrusts the penultimate over to Neesham. Good test as captain for the young Williamson too.
Varn: "I would definitely say zim are favourites here since both of these batsmen can bat as we saw in the world cup and ervine is well set"
Still in it are Zimbabwe. Excellent match to begin the series. Matt Henry has two overs and he will bowl one here. Third man is inside the circle.