1st T20I, Harare, Oct 15 2011, New Zealand tour of Zimbabwe
(13.3/20 ov, target 124)
New Zealand won by 10 wickets (with 39 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
New Zealand
NZ Innings
Full commentary

That is all from us, this is Abhishek Purohit signing off along with our scorer Venkat Raghav. Join us for the 2nd T20I on Monday at 2 pm local time. Here is Sid Talya's match report for you to read. Cheers

Brendan Taylor wasn't at the presentation, hope he has not done too much harm after he banged his head in to the turf while attempting that catch.

Brendon McCullum, the Man of the Match. Brendon: "Most of the credit to the bowlers, they made it easy to come out and bat that way. I like to bat that way, we have got many players of different skillsets and power, this is my job, it is not going to work every time though."

Ross Taylor: "We came here to win, and the way we started with the ball was pleasing, but we know Zimbabwe will come hard at us. When you have been out of cricket for so long, the way we backed up the bowlers in the field was excellent. Brendon and Martin were outstanding with the bat."

Smashing win for New Zealand then, was too easy in the end. Zimbabwe lost it when they just could not get going with the bat, too many wickets falling throughout the innings. And then Brendon McCullum just blew them away

Phil: "Fortunately for Zimbabwe, Chris Martin wasn't needed today..." Aye, His Phantomness is safely tucked away for the crunch situations

Guptill: "We haven't played for six months now, good to get a win. Brendon is a freak, he does it so well. Wicket was a little bit slow."

Price to BB McCullum, SIX runs
Baz ends in typical fashion, doesn't matter that Price fires it in flat and quick, Baz is already way down the track and has enough momentum to lift the ball high over wide long on to end the game
Price to Guptill, 1 run
backs away even further outside leg, Price drops it a touch short as he angles it in, he drags the pull through midwicket
Price to Guptill, no run
stands a foot outside leg, Price follows him and he pushes it back to the bowler

Ben: "Batting down to #11 wasn't really needed for NZ today."

end of over 1310 runs
NZ: 120/0CRR: 9.23 • RRR: 0.57 • Need 4 runs from 42b
Brendon McCullum75 (45)
Martin Guptill39 (34)
Hamilton Masakadza1-0-10-0
Chamu Chibhabha1-0-20-0
Masakadza to BB McCullum, 2 runs
squeezes the drive wide of long off for a couple more
Masakadza to BB McCullum, no run
slapped to extra cover off the back foot

andrew: "New Zealand are not 'rusty' at all. They are teaching poor Zim (my team) yet another T20 lesson. I wish we could compete more regularly."

Masakadza to Guptill, 1 run
pushes forward with a straight bat, single to long off
Masakadza to Guptill, SIX runs
Guptill gets maximum now, right in the hitting zone, full under the bat, clean swing and that has been lost beyond wide long on
Masakadza to Guptill, no run
that came so slowly that Guptill had enough time to contemplate a pull, withdraw out of it and dab it behind point
Masakadza to BB McCullum, 1 run
slow length ball angled in, dinked towards midwicket

Masakadza in to the firing line

end of over 1220 runs
NZ: 110/0CRR: 9.16 • RRR: 1.75 • Need 14 runs from 48b
Brendon McCullum72 (42)
Martin Guptill32 (31)
Chamu Chibhabha1-0-20-0
Kyle Jarvis3-0-32-0
Chibhabha to BB McCullum, 1 run
length ball worked for a single
Chibhabha to BB McCullum, 2 runs
clobbers another full delivery but Mutizwa with some deft work in the wide long off rope saves the boundary, runnning across, and lobbing the ball in as he gets close to the rope