no doubt about that one. Zimbabwe bowled out for 132. NZ win by 254 runs and wrap up the series 2-0. Another googly outside off, Chinouya gets forward and pops a catch to short cover. Hard hands, but he is No. 11 for a reason. Zimbabwe players shake hands with the New Zealand players, but can hold their heads high after a strong reply after the first Test
1.15pm Right then, it's been a pleasure as always to bring you the game. Thanks for your comments and your time. Loads of cricket going on, so stay tuned. Until next time, bye.
12.55pm All over rather quickly after lunch. Five wickets in under 45 minutes, and NZ clinically put Zimbabwe away. They head to South Africa after sweeping Zimbabwe 2-0. In terms of the Test, a much much better effort from Zimbabwe, put up stiffer resistance, fought hard, but the story after lunch was a rather sad effort. Some soft dismissals, some tough decisions. Deserved mentions to Craig Ervine, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham, along with handy contributions from NZ's bowlers who toiled away. Zimbabwe can take away quite a few positives from this game.
Neil Wagner is the Man of the Series: "Never in my wildest dreams, I expected to get something like this in the quality group we got. Was hard toil, full credit to the Zimbabwe team. Latham and Nicholls, great catching. I think I've shrunk a few centimetres after the series. Has been outstanding. Focus on SA now, a lot of hardwork."
Graeme Cremer: "We got used to their seamers I suppose. We showed fight. Credit to the guys, couldn't ask for anything more. We knew it was going to be hard to get wickets. Credit to NZ for taking 20 wickets. Any cricket for us is really appreciated, we need to be playing more to be more competitive. Hopefully we can get in some cricket before SL series in October
Kane Williamson is the Man of the Match: "Great effort, knew it was going to be tough to take 20 wickets on this surface. Credit to the bowlers to take 20 wickets. Nice toss to win, to be able to bowl on the last day. We had to pick a balance, some guys had to miss out. All in our squad are stepping up, causing a few problems but a good problem to have. Personally, they (records) aren't high on my agenda. Trying to contribute to the team. The odd record comes up, that's nice but focus on the team. Important we look to improve. Big challenge in SA."
googly first up down leg, off the pad to leg slip
given. One more. How though? Flat delivery on leg, Masvaure gets forward and looks to defend. The ball beats the inside edge and hits Masvaure in front of leg. But was that sliding down leg? Yes, it was. But he has been given out caught. The ball lobbed up off the pad and taken by Taylor at slip. Another bad decision, the ball did not hit the inside edge. Zimbabwe unravelling quickly. Umpire Gough this time
Neil: "Sodhi has the perfect plan. Bowl a whole lot of bad balls, the batsmen relax and play some shots, then he tosses in the occasional good one to get a wicket....genius."
overpitched outside off, driven to mid-off
flight on middle, Nyumbu inside-edges towards midwicket. Pad well down leg
tossed up outside off, Cremer comes forward and smashes one into his pad. Umpire Reiffel has another shocker. Guptill doesn't care, he celebrates in joy. Right in front but there was a lot of bat on that. Plenty of flight outside off from around the wicket and Cremer plays with bat close to pay. Only call was if there was pad first, certainly did not look like it
well bowled. Flat and full outside off, Cremer defends tentatively
now too full, easily pushed to mid-on
too short outside off, Cremer goes back and plays into the off side
flat down leg, spin. Goes down
flight outside off, blocked
well bowled. The flat googly outside off, spins away. Masvaure is beaten by a mile
googly on middle, the ball skews off the outside half
James: "I don't understand the fuss about Sodhi. I think he has done superbably so far. Got four wickets in first innings and another in the second. He needs to be persisted with to ensure he develops into a ashwin for NZ"
no, too full again. Easily kept out
too much flight, overpitched. Blocked
David: "For too long nz's bowlers bailed out a fragile top order. Nice to see Guptill returning the favour."
tossed up outside off, defended
flight on off, blocked
tossed up outside off, Cremer comes forward, closes the bat-pad gap and defends watchfully
overpitched, driven back to the bowler
solidly behind the line
Hesson wants NZ to maintain form on the road
Cremer pleased with Zimbabwe's fight
Confident Williamson hopes to build on Zimbabwe gains
|J Nyumbu||not out||0||1|
|Extras||(b 1, lb 2)|
|Total||132(10 wkts; 68.4 ovs)|