1st T20I (N), Auckland, Feb 11 2012, Zimbabwe tour of New Zealand
(16.5/20 ov, target 160)
New Zealand won by 7 wickets (with 19 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
New Zealand
• The Report by Andrew Fernando at Eden Park

Guptill blazes NZ to clinical win

A 54-ball unbeaten 91 from Martin Guptill - his fifth straight half-century on tour - made light work of Zimbabwe's first fighting total in New Zealand, as the hosts sauntered past Zimbabwe's 159 with more than three overs to spare at Eden Park

Match centre 
Scorer: Avi Singh
Commentator: Avi Singh
Scorecard summary
Zimbabwe159/8(20 overs)
New Zealand160/3(16.5 overs)

Thanks for your patience tonight as our scoring system had a meltdown, apologies for the delay at times, fingers crossed that everything goes to plan in a few days' time. This is Avi Singh signing off on behalf of Andrew Fernando doing match reports, and Kanishkaa Balachandran, Venkat Raghav, Robin Abrahams and Dustin Silgardo who all tirelessly worked away on the desk to help fix the issues tonight. Do join us on Tuesday night for the final T20I from Seddon Park in Hamilton. Until then, bye for now.

Positives for Zimbabwe to take from the game but if they are to pull off an upset in their final match of the tour at Hamilton on Tuesday, their fielding will have to pick up considerably and of course, Guptill will still be standing in their way. New Zealand were tested a little more tonight, which they wouldn't have seen as the worst thing in the long run as they try to prepare for the formidable South Africans who are arriving in the country tonight and tomorrow.

Post-Match Presentations:

Brendan Taylor: "Nice pitch, good to see Hamilton get back into form and set us up with Taibu. 159 was competitive but we knew we were 20-30 short with those short, straight boundaries. It was definitely a notch up from the ODIs and we fought harder today. The fielding was frustrating again, but we have to give Guptill credit. We will work hard at our game and hopefully be ready for Tuesday."

Brendon McCullum: "Great to see Guptill in such form, the bowlers stood up today. I thought 180-190 was a par score, the spinners did really well with short, sharp spells. Good to have so many guys in our team who can bowl spin, offers us variation. Outstanding wicket and Martin and Kane played well on it, short and straight is pretty inviting. All the Auckland boys are pretty happy with their day's work, I'm sure Colin will get more chances in the next game."

Martin Guptill: "Mark Perham always prepares belters and it's nice to bat on such wickets. Haven't really had a hit in the last two days so nice to get out there and play the way I did."

Zimbabwe fought better tonight but they couldn't find a way around Martin Guptill and he proved too good for the visitors as New Zealand win by 7 wickets.

SW Masakadza to Guptill, 2 runs
drives firmly through the off side and they come back for a couple to wrap up a victory which was comfortable in the end
SW Masakadza to Guptill, SIX runs
goes back and slams a pull way back over the midwicket boundary, looking to finish this off quickly
SW Masakadza to Williamson, OUT
he defends into the off side and sets off, Shingi picks up and hurls down the stumps at the bowler's end with Kane short by a few inches
KS Williamson run out (SW Masakadza) 48 (62m 38b 5x4 0x6) SR: 126.31
SW Masakadza to Williamson, FOUR runs
flicked off the pads and into the midwicket fence
SW Masakadza to Williamson, no run
end of over 167 runs
NZ: 148/2CRR: 9.25 • RRR: 3.00 • Need 12 from 24b
Kane Williamson44 (35)
Martin Guptill83 (52)
Ray Price4-0-34-0
Keegan Meth4-0-34-0
Price to Williamson, 1 run
drives a full toss to long-off
Price to Williamson, no run
Price to Guptill, 1 run
flicked to long-on
Price to Williamson, 1 run
goes back and plays into the deep on the off side
Price to Guptill, 1 run
worked wide of midwicket
Price to Williamson, 3 runs
goes back and pulls into the leg side where the fielder on the circle messes up and Jarvis on the boundary saves his blushes with a brave dive on the boundary
end of over 1512 runs
NZ: 141/2CRR: 9.4 • RRR: 3.80 • Need 19 from 30b
Martin Guptill81 (50)
Kane Williamson39 (31)
Keegan Meth4-0-34-0
Ray Price3-0-27-0
Meth to Guptill, FOUR runs
too easy for Guptill who is looking sublime again, thumps Meth over his head one bounce into the sightscreen
Meth to Williamson, 1 run
again full and worked away through the leg side
Meth to Williamson, no run
full toss is played straight to cover
Meth to Guptill, 1 run
drives down to long-off
Meth to Guptill, SIX runs
doesn't miss this time, hit well back into the South Stand with ferocity after it was pitched up in the slot
Meth to Guptill, no run
outside off and he misses the attempted swing over the bowler's head
end of over 1415 runs
NZ: 129/2CRR: 9.21 • RRR: 5.16 • Need 31 from 36b
Martin Guptill70 (46)
Kane Williamson38 (29)
Ray Price3-0-27-0
Keegan Meth3-0-22-0

Wilfred Hickenshire: "Funny how the only two NZ players who chose County Cricket over IPL last year and this year, are pulling us out of a hole in a 20/20..."

Price to Guptill, 1 run
pulls off the back foot through square leg
Match details
Eden Park, Auckland
TossZimbabwe , elected to bat first
SeriesZimbabwe tour of New Zealand
Player Of The Match
Martin Guptill
Series resultNew Zealand led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I no. 219
Hours of play (local time)19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.15, Interval 20.15-20.30, Second Session 20.30-21.50
Match days11 February 2012 - night match (20-over match)
T20I debut
Colin de Grandhomme
Ronnie Hira
Michael Bates
Keegan Meth
Gary Baxter
Barry Frost
TV Umpire
Chris Gaffaney
Reserve Umpire
Billy Bowden
Match Referee
David Boon