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1st T20I, Harare, October 15, 2011, New Zealand tour of Zimbabwe
(13.3/20 ov, T:124) 127/0

New Zealand won by 10 wickets (with 39 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
81* (46) & 2 catches
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 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
Brendon McCullum75 (45)
Martin Guptill39 (34)
Hamilton Masakadza 1-0-10-0
Chamu Chibhabha 1-0-20-0
Masakadza to McCullum, 2 runs

squeezes the drive wide of long off for a couple more

Masakadza to 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 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
Brendon McCullum72 (42)
Martin Guptill32 (31)
Chamu Chibhabha 1-0-20-0
Kyle Jarvis 3-0-32-0
Chibhabha to McCullum, 1 run

length ball worked for a single

Chibhabha to 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

Chibhabha to McCullum, SIX runs

Baz wants to get this done with, this is in the slot, pitched up on the stumps, and he golf-swings it over long off

Chibhabha to McCullum, SIX runs

oh well, loopy attempted slow full toss ending high outside off, Baz waits for it to arrive and dispatches it disdainfully over deep midwicket

Chibhabha to Guptill, 1 run

dabbed on the off side for one

Chibhabha to Guptill, FOUR runs

Guptill wants a share of the action too, he forehands a length ball straight back at the bowler, who fortunately is able to get hands out of the way

Chibhabha comes on

end of over 1115 runs
NZ: 90/0CRR: 8.18 RRR: 3.77
Brendon McCullum57 (38)
Martin Guptill27 (29)
Kyle Jarvis 3-0-32-0
Prosper Utseya 2-0-10-0
Jarvis to McCullum, SIX runs

imperious, Jarvis is disappearing all over now, full toss, he stands back and whips it in a flash, flat and just over a leaping Waller at deep square leg

Jarvis to McCullum, 2 runs

no issues this time, he gets to 50 with an inside out loft over extra cover for a couple

Jarvis to McCullum, no run

too much now, even by Baz's standards, he stands back and tries a cute little reverse paddle, misses and is out of breath after he cops a blow on the body

Jarvis to McCullum, FOUR runs

smartly done, Jarvis went full on leg with the angle, Baz shuffled across and tickled it deftly well past short fine leg

Jarvis to McCullum, 2 runs

Baz is ready with the dash down the wicket next ball, reaches the pitch of this one and slaps it through extra cover

Jarvis to McCullum, 1 wide

jeez, Jarvis continues to spear it down the leg side, starts leg and goes further down

Jarvis to McCullum, no run

steady line on off stump first up, from a fullish length, he comes forward and blocks tentatively

Jarvis is back

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