Player of the Match
Player of the Match
282dThe Report by Andrew Fernando

Williamson blitz wins thriller for NZ

A stunning 5-ball 20 from Kane Williamson saw New Zealand over the line in Hamilton, as the hosts chased down 201, with five wickets and two balls to spare

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

BRM Taylor
BRM Taylor
75(43) 6x4 - 3x6
Control %97%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 31 runs
  • 0x4 - 3x6
8 0 8 12 19 5 11 12
H Masakadza
H Masakadza
62(42) 3x4 - 4x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 36 runs
  • 1x4 - 4x6
0 1 6 0 19 2 13 21

Best performances - Bowlers

E Chigumbura
E Chigumbura
O3
M0
R23
W2
Eco7.66
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
KM Jarvis
KM Jarvis
O4
M0
R35
W2
Eco8.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Zimbabwe , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

New Zealand won the 2-match series 2-0

Match number

Season

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 days

14 February 2012 - night match (20-over match)

T20I debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: M Venkat Raghav | Commentator: Avi Singh

So there's plenty of cricket in the Land of the Long White Cloud over the next few days, do join me for all of it. This is Avi Singh signing off on behalf of Andrew Fernando, Venkat Raghav, Gopi Rangarajan, Siddarth Ravindran and Dustin Silgardo. Thanks for the mails tonight as well. See you tomorrow!

Zimbabwe may be heading out, but South Africa are already here. Tomorrow they play Canterbury at 5.00pm local time in a warm-up Twenty20 match at Christchurch's Hagley Oval to raise funds for the Christchurch earthquake appeal. Please do join me for that match which is the first of South Africa's tour. I will also be with you for the 1st Twenty20 International on Friday night in Wellington, as well as the curtain-raiser Twenty20 between the New Zealand Women and England Women beforehand.

That ends our coverage of Zimbabwe's tour of New Zealand, which saw the hosts win every game and most of them comfortably. Tonight, they were given a real fright though and Zimbabwe ensured they can head back home knowing that they can compete with the top eight sides in world cricket.

Man of the Match is James Franklin: "First hit in a couple of weeks so pleased to get a few out of the middle. The first few overs were hard work but we knew that if we got through that and waited, the runs would come. I expect a demotion though with Guppy coming back soon."

Brendon McCullum: "Zimbabwe batted well tonight, they put together partnerships which put us under pressure. Happy to get the win though and to wrap up the series, a good test before South Africa. Some of the guys will be disappointed but I'm confident this won't happen again. James Franklin batted well, made the most of his promotion. Kane is a class act, a very mature cricketer and showed he can adjust to all forms, his innings tonight was testament to his temperament. We've tried to be hard on ourselves and maintain that ruthless streak, so we will now wait and see if we can follow through with that against South Africa."

Brendan Taylor: "Tonight showed what we can do if we keep wickets in hand. We can hold our heads tonight. The better side won, but the boys will be fairly happy with the effort. Unfortunately it took this long [for the batting to fire], hopefully we can take a leaf from this and repeat it in the future. The firepower they have, we were always going to be under pressure."

A much improved effort tonight from the visitors though, who showed that they were capable of far more than what they had produced on the tour to date. The crowd certainly got their money's worth from both sides. Many of you surprised that Chigumbura didn't bowl the final over after his successful spell tonight, that will be one of the what-ifs Zimbabwe will ponder after they fought valianty before falling just short.

Zimbabwe pushed all the way but in the end New Zealand had just enough depth to sneak over the line. Jarvis' double-wicket penultimate over which removed the McCullum brothers looked to have swung the match Zimbabwe's way, but Williamson came in and struck every ball he faced with power and precision to ensure that Zimbabwe will go home winless.

19.4
4
SW Masakadza to Williamson, FOUR runs, Kane Williamson has belied his small stature to play a 'big' innings here, he came in at number 7 with 21 needed off 9 balls and has scored 20 from just 5 balls, the final boundary was a full ball which was sliced away over point and to the fence
19.3
6
SW Masakadza to Williamson, SIX runs, New Zealand should win this now after a superb strike from Williamson, half-volley in the slot and he swings it high over the long-on boundary, run a ball from here
19.2
4
SW Masakadza to Williamson, FOUR runs, another full toss outside off and Shingi isn't so fortunate this time, even though Kane had backed away he stretched for it and took a hand off the bat as he managed to time it perfectly and bisect the fielders in the deep on the cover boundary
19.1
1
SW Masakadza to Ellis, 1 run, starts with a full toss which is swung away but straight to deep midwicket without much timing or power

Shingi Masakadza is entrusted with the crucial final over

END OF OVER:
19 | 13 Runs 2 Wkts | NZ: 187/5 (14 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 9.84, RRR: 14.00)

  • Kane Williamson6 (2b)
  • Andrew Ellis1 (1b)
  • Kyle Jarvis4-0-35-2
  • Prosper Utseya4-0-38-0
18.6
2
Jarvis to Williamson, 2 runs, fired into middle and he squeezes it through midwicket, they rush back for a risky second and Kane puts in a dive which saves him from being run out, 14 needed from the last over
18.5
4
Jarvis to Williamson, FOUR runs, gets down a knee first ball does Kane, a brave stroke gets the reward as he swings it to the cow corner fence past the diving fielder

New Zealand 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st103JEC FranklinRJ Nicol
2nd39JEC FranklinBB McCullum
3rd18BB McCullumC de Grandhomme
4th20BB McCullumNL McCullum
5th0NL McCullumAM Ellis
6th22AM EllisKS Williamson