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354dThe Report by Andrew Fernando

Nicol leads batting blitz as NZ seal series

New Zealand cruised to a 141-run victory after amassing 372 for 6 at Whangarei's Cobham Oval, and with it took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the ODI series

Match Centre

Match Details


Zimbabwe , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

New Zealand led the 3-match series 2-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

11.00 start, First Session 11.00-14.30, Interval 14.30-15.15, Second Session 15.15-18.45

Match days

6 February 2012 (50-over match)

ODI debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Avi Singh | Commentator: Avi Singh

50 | 8 Runs 1 Wkt | ZIM: 231/8 (142 runs required, RR: 4.62)

  • Prosper Utseya27 (43b)
  • Ray Price0 (0b)
  • Kane Williamson3-0-16-1
  • Jacob Oram10-1-29-3

I will be back on Thursday as the ODI series moves to Napier's McLean Park, with the 3rd and final day-night ODI beginning at 2.00pm local time. Andrew's final match report will be up soon for you to view if you missed any action. Thanks for all the mails today, hope you've enjoyed the coverage. Until Thursday, this is Avi Singh wishing you all the best on behalf of Andrew Fernando, Nitin Sundar on the editorial desk and Sajan Nair on the scoring desk. Bye for now!

That ends our live coverage of today's ODI. Do hop across to our live commentary of the 3rd Test between Pakistan and England in Dubai as England try to salvage their No 1 Test ranking.

Man of the Match is Rob Nicol: "Difficult early on, touch of bounce in the wicket. Sometimes you have some luck and I did today, so quite happy. Best seat in the house to watch Guppy bat and Jake played really well too."

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum: "Played much better than in Dunedin. Pitch was really flat, great for batting. Pretty close to a complete performance, bowling was very good, batting outstanding, all the guys were superb. Got to give some guys opportunities and he [Oram] took his chance with both hands."

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor: "Very disappointed, just outplayed by a much better side today, hopefully we look at how they do things in all three departments. We work on our fielding quite a bit, but now we need to be more specific and more quality-focused in how we train for that. Not much time until the next game, but we will be trying to improve. The guys have struggled with the bat so good to see a few contribute today, top order needs to come back stronger. Pitch was outstanding and the venue was lovely, a privilege to have been part of this first game and we are looking forward to Napier."

Post-match presentations are just about to take place.

Zimbabwe managed to bat out the 50 overs but finished up well short of the target. Taibu and Chigumbura managed half-centuries to give them a little bit to cheer about, but today was all about the hosts. Cobham Oval in Whangarei produced a real belter of a track in its debut ODI as the hosts racked up 372, Rob Nicol leading the way with a undemonstrative 146 while Jacob Oram pummelled a 23-ball fifty after Martin Guptill made a near run-a-ball 77 to light the fuse. Tom Latham chipped in with 48 as well in an innings where at least one of the Masakadza brothers was involved in every dismissal. Oram also grabbed three wickets with the ball, but the game was as good as over at the halfway stage.

Williamson to Utseya, no run, goes back to defend to mid-on as New Zealand wrap up the series with a game to spare, winning today by a crushing 141 runs
Williamson to SW Masakadza, OUT, Kane picks up a wicket as Shingi went for another big hit, skied up in the air for cover to settle underneath it, Shingi departs after a breezy knock

SW Masakadza c Ellis b Williamson 38 (42m 31b 3x4 2x6) SR: 122.58

Williamson to Utseya, 1 run, goes back and clips behind square
Williamson to SW Masakadza, 1 run, gets down on a knee and powerfully heaves to long-on
Williamson to SW Masakadza, no run, goes for a big heave-ho outside leg and is hit on the pad
Williamson to SW Masakadza, SIX runs, well that's a decent blow, short on middle and leg and he hoists it over the advertising hoardings at midwicket
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Zimbabwe 2nd innings Partnerships

1st5H MasakadzaS Matsikenyeri
2nd7S MatsikenyeriRW Chakabva
3rd5BRM TaylorRW Chakabva
4th18T TaibuRW Chakabva
5th27T TaibuMN Waller
6th80T TaibuE Chigumbura
7th25E ChigumburaP Utseya
8th64P UtseyaSW Masakadza
9th0RW PriceP Utseya