Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    23.1 Scott strikes, out of nowhere, nippy full offcutter from Styris, Taylor was taken completely by surprise, can't blame him after all those gentle trundlers Scott served up before this one, he wafts across the line as this one darts in on the toes, Styris gets the decision in his favour instantly, no reviews left for Zimbabwe anyways 86/6
    1.2 direct hit from mid on, and Coventry is in trouble. Fuller delivery from Southee, moving away from middle and off, Coventry gets half forward and drives without much timing to mid-on. Bennett does reall well, charging forward, swooping on the ball and under-arming into the sticks at the bowler's end. Coventry was not running full-tilt. He wasn't stretching fully. He's caught short by half a foot or so. 2/1
    7.4 Southee probably doesn't have to wait long for redemption. Zimbabwe have refered an lbw appeal that was upheld. Southee gets this one to bend in with the angle, from back of a length around off stump. Taibu tries to work it towards the onside after moving the front foot into line, and almost falls over as he looks to play around the pads. It slips past the bat and thuds into the foam. Looks hopelessly adjacent. Taibu never wanted to refer that, but went through on Brendan's insistence. Zimbabwe have wasted a review. 27/2
    12.6 and Ervine has perished to the cordon. The odds of finding these gaps are not very high, and Ervine pays the price for hitting in the air again. Short ball, just outside off, a delivery that deserved to be cut, but not with this field. Ervine cracks it off the middle and it flies straight to Ryder at backward point. Easily pouched. Zim are stuttering. 42/3
    14.1 Captain gets captain first ball. Or has he? Elton reviews a potentially controversial lbw decision. Tossed up on middle, back of a length and it straightens. Here's the catch - Elton has charged a mile out of his crease. Ok, may be not a mile, but 2.5 metres for sure. The replays say it pitched on the line of the stumps, hit in front of middle as Elton misses the chip to the leg side. The potentially questionable predictive powers of Hawk-Eye (since he was well out of the crease) say it was hitting leg stump. It is back to umpire Erasmus, and he, like Billy Bowden the other day, sticks to his decision. Only, this time, it is out. 46/4
    14.3 this is turning into a nightmare for Zimbabwe, as if all the troubles were not enough, Rosco pulls off a blinder now, Dan gets Chakabva to reach outside off and go for the drive, the edge flies to the right of Taylor at slip, who puts out his right hand quickly and takes it cleanly, Dan has struck twice in his opening over 46/5
    26.6 and this is really the last thing Zimbabwe wanted, really is, what a shame, it was guided towards backward point, Lamb wanted the single very badly, he was more than half way towards Utseya when he turned him back, no chance he was to make it back, the throw came in flat to Dan, who was in front of the stumps, and removed the bails in a diving motion, even as Lamb's dive was in vain 89/7
    46.2 that will do, Southee homes in on full on leg stump, and Utseya's swing across the line cannot prevent it from crashing in to the base of the wood, Southee sees the ball has done the job, and turns back in an everyday matter-of-fact way 162/10
    36.6 Mills gets him finally, it was closer to off stump this time, much fuller too, he went for the drive, and got a healthy outside edge through to the keeper 122/8
    44.1 Southee bellows and pleads at the same time, and gets the decision he wanted, it was full and came in to strike him on the pads, he was nowhere near it with the bat, and that would have taken out leg stump, one more to go 157/9
    not out
    7 (lb 4, w 3)
    162 all out (46.2 Overs, RR: 3.49)
    Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Charles Coventry, 1.2 ov), 2-27 (Tatenda Taibu, 7.4 ov), 3-42 (Craig Ervine, 12.6 ov), 4-46 (Elton Chigumbura, 14.1 ov), 5-46 (Regis Chakabva, 14.3 ov), 6-86 (Brendan Taylor, 23.1 ov), 7-89 (Greg Lamb, 26.6 ov), 8-122 (Graeme Cremer, 36.6 ov), 9-157 (Ray Price, 44.1 ov), 10-162 (Prosper Utseya, 46.2 ov)
    KD Mills1002922.90443010
    TG Southee9.232933.10413020
    HK Bennett803704.62253000
    DL Vettori1032522.50411000
    SB Styris401313.25141000
    NL McCullum301505.0071000
    JD Ryder201005.0051000

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