1st ODI, Harare, October 20, 2011, New Zealand tour of Zimbabwe
(43.3/50 ov, T:232) 232/1

New Zealand won by 9 wickets (with 39 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
108* (131)
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New Zealand continue to dominate this tour, three comprehensive wins in a row. Nicol's the man of the hour. Taylor scored a fighting century but this is an excellent pitch for batting, so those early wickets really hurt. His achievement, however, was overshadowed by that opening century stand between Nicol and Guptill, and Nicol's own century. Join us in a bit for the presentation.

Brendan Taylor: "It was a disappointing day. To rebuild from where we were was quite tough but 230 was never going to be enough. We need a decent start and our bowlers need to put them under pressure, 300 is a total we need to look at. We need to pick our game up again. Nice to spend some time at the crease. We can learn a lot from New Zealand. We are a better side than this."

Ross Taylor: "We were pretty confident chasing 230. Brendan was outstanding. Rob Nicol was promoted to open and getting a hundred was fantastic on debut. We pride ourselves on our fielding and that's an area we need to work on."

Rob Nicol is Man of the Match: "Pretty proud and it was an awesome day. It was a nice wicket. Guptill's a great batter and I enjoyed batting with him." Nicol was looking a little tired there.

That's all we have for today. Do join us the next time. Here's Nitin Sundar's report for the game.

Sibanda to Nicol, 1 run

A fitting end to the game from Nicol, rocks back and smacks that through the covers to finish it off, what a day for him

Sibanda to Nicol, no run

slapped but straight to extra cover

Sibanda to Nicol, no run

short outside off, cut away to point

Here's the list for 100s on debut in ODI cricket. Sibanda runs in

end of over 433 runs
NZ: 231/1CRR: 5.37 RRR: 0.14
Brendon McCullum39 (35b 3x4 1x6)
Rob Nicol107 (128b 11x4)
Hamilton Masakadza 3-0-13-1
Prosper Utseya 9-0-41-0
Masakadza to McCullum, no run

fires it on leg stump, tried to work it away, struck high on the pads, no run on offer

Masakadza to McCullum, no run

there is a short mid-on in place and he gently pushes it to him

Masakadza to McCullum, no run

short legcutter on middle, it's jabbed to midwicket

Nicol is the seventh batsman to score a century on debut in ODI cricket

Masakadza to Nicol, 1 run

clipped it down towards fine leg for one more, scores are level

Masakadza to McCullum, 1 run

slower one bowled full, drives one down to long-on again

Masakadza to Nicol, 1 run

pitched up and it's eased to long-on for a single

Masakadza runs in

end of over 424 runs
NZ: 228/1CRR: 5.42 RRR: 0.50
Rob Nicol105 (126b 11x4)
Brendon McCullum38 (31b 3x4 1x6)
Prosper Utseya 9-0-41-0
Chris Mpofu 10-1-46-0
Utseya to Nicol, 1 run

played down the ground towards long-on for a single

Utseya to Nicol, no run

shortish on the off, punched back to Utseya who does well diving to his right

Utseya to McCullum, 1 run

gets it past the bowler this time for a single

Utseya to McCullum, no run

smashed back to the bowler, wel, not quite, mistimed it, wanted some more elevation on that did McCullum

Utseya to Nicol, 1 run

punched wide of extra cover for a single

Utseya to McCullum, 1 run

turned away in front of short fine for a single

end of over 416 runs
NZ: 224/1CRR: 5.46 RRR: 0.88
Rob Nicol103 (123b 11x4)
Brendon McCullum36 (28b 3x4 1x6)
Chris Mpofu 10-1-46-0
Prosper Utseya 8-0-37-0
Mpofu to Nicol, no run

short of a good length on the off, defends it solidly towards extra cover

Mpofu to Nicol, no run

shortish on the off, dabs it towards cover

Mpofu to Nicol, no run

short on the off, rocks back and punches it to long-off

Mpofu to Nicol, FOUR runs

there it is! A century on debut for Rob Nicol, his opening partner Martin Guptill had achieved the same feat some years back, gets there with a chip over midwicket, superbly timed, well done!

Mpofu to McCullum, 1 run

short of agood length on the off, turned past midwicket for a single

Mpofu to Nicol, 1 run

pushes it to mid-on to get to 99

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