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
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."
backs away even further outside leg, Price drops it a touch short as he angles it in, he drags the pull through midwicket
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."
squeezes the drive wide of long off for a couple more
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."
pushes forward with a straight bat, single to long off
Guptill gets maximum now, right in the hitting zone, full under the bat, clean swing and that has been lost beyond wide long on
that came so slowly that Guptill had enough time to contemplate a pull, withdraw out of it and dab it behind point
slow length ball angled in, dinked towards midwicket
Masakadza in to the firing line
length ball worked for a single
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
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
oh well, loopy attempted slow full toss ending high outside off, Baz waits for it to arrive and dispatches it disdainfully over deep midwicket
dabbed on the off side for one
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
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
no issues this time, he gets to 50 with an inside out loft over extra cover for a couple
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
smartly done, Jarvis went full on leg with the angle, Baz shuffled across and tickled it deftly well past short fine leg
Baz is ready with the dash down the wicket next ball, reaches the pitch of this one and slaps it through extra cover
|Harare Sports Club|
|Toss||New Zealand, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||New Zealand led the 2-match series 1-0|
|Match number||T20I no. 211|
|Hours of play (local time)||14.00 start, First Session 14.00-15.20, Interval 15.20-15.40, Second Session 15.40-17.00|
|Match days||15 October 2011 - day (20-over match)|