Only Test, Bulawayo, November 01 - 05, 2011, New Zealand tour of Zimbabwe
426 & 252/8d
(T:366) 313 & 331

New Zealand won by 34 runs

Player Of The Match
40, 5/70, 31 & 3/71
New Zealand 1st Innings
Zimbabwe 1st Innings
New Zealand 2nd Innings
Zimbabwe 2nd Innings
Match Flow
New Zealand 1st Innings 
c Taibu b Masakadza10923632311246.18
b Jarvis1427442051.85
run out (Price/†Chakabva)49921016053.26
c †Chakabva b Ncube761652279046.06
c †Chakabva b Mpofu39961365040.62
c Taylor b Price631331547047.36
c Taylor b Mpofu4058895168.96
not out 935531025.71
b Mpofu025000.00
c Mawoyo b Mpofu1217181170.58
b Price034000.00
Extras(b 7, lb 3, nb 3, w 2)15
TOTAL143.3 Ov (RR: 2.96, 582 Mins)426
Fall of wickets: 1-40 (Brendon McCullum, 10.4 ov), 2-115 (Kane Williamson, 37.3 ov), 3-247 (Martin Guptill, 81.4 ov), 4-275 (Ross Taylor, 91.5 ov), 5-320 (BJ Watling, 112.6 ov), 6-401 (Dean Brownlie, 131.4 ov), 7-407 (Daniel Vettori, 136.5 ov), 8-407 (Doug Bracewell, 138.1 ov), 9-425 (Jeetan Patel, 142.5 ov), 10-426 (Chris Martin, 143.3 ov)
10.4 to BB McCullum, Bowled him! McCullum has played on. The length was short and the line was outside off stump, McCullum wanted to pull it and in trying to drag the ball towards the leg side from wide outside off, he got a bottom edge on to his stumps. He has thrown away an opportunity to score big on a flat batting pitch. 40/1
91.5 to LRPL Taylor, what a gift from Taylor. Ncube will take it. It is his maiden Test wicket, and he dives in celebration like a footballer would after scoring a goal. This is a wide half-volley, if he was playing snooker, he would need the "rest cue" to reach it. Taylor, though, goes after it, and the best he manages after reaching out is an edge. 275/4
112.6 to BJ Watling, Lovely delivery, lovely catch. This pitch, a sleeping beauty, stuns you once in a while. Short of a length, outside off, he is shaping to cut at it, but it jumps off and nips back in. The ball hits the bat rather than the bat hit ball. Then Chakabva, who has been wrong-foooted, changes direction and dives to his right to catch him. 320/5
136.5 to DL Vettori, Vettori is gone. Zimbabwe have broken through both the men who were scoring quick. Another offcutter from Mpofu. length ball outside off, Vettori moves across, then looks to flick this to leg. The movement takes the leading edge, and is taken by Taylor at first slip. 407/7
138.1 to DAJ Bracewell, Lovely sight for a fast bowler. To break through a defensive shot and send a stump cartwheeling. And that's a duck on debut for Bracewell. He presses forward to defend this, the length ball pitches just outside off, nips back in, and through the gate. Mpofu and Price get into their third heel-to-heel celebration of the day. 407/8
142.5 to JS Patel, there it is. Get ready for Marto. Patel does the honourable thing by lobbing this slower ball to cover. Just couldn't check the shot well enough after being deceived by the change of pace. Price and Mpofu do The Dance again. 425/9
131.4 to DG Brownlie, Price has frustrated Brownlie into playing this slow-sweep. After three dots, Brownlie clears the front leg to try and hit a length ball over midwicket. He is not close enough to cover the turn, the ball turns sharply, takes a thick edge to Taylor at slip. Price is thrilled. 401/6
143.3 to CS Martin, Oh cruelty. Quicker, flatter, doesn't turn much, stays low, and squeezes under the bat of the great man. Martin tucks the bat under his arm and walks off. That's duck No. 30. 426/10
81.4 to MJ Guptill, caught at midwicket, would you believe it! Masakadza pitched the ball in the middle of the pitch and it sat up for Guptill to smash anywhere. He went back and pulled it flat but hit it straight to Taibu in the circle. A fortunate wicket for Zimbabwe. 247/3
Zimbabwe 1st Innings 
c Watling b Vettori543520011.62
c Taylor b Brownlie9319323711148.18
b Bracewell2285991025.88
lbw b Vettori50751133266.66
c Patel b Vettori2047382042.55
not out 721331919154.13
run out (†Young/Bracewell)371151363032.17
lbw b Vettori068000.00
c Taylor b Martin620201030.00
c Williamson b Vettori056000.00
b Martin310120030.00
Extras(lb 3, nb 1, w 1)5
TOTAL121.5 Ov (RR: 2.56, 461 Mins)313
Fall of wickets: 1-24 (Tino Mawoyo, 12.5 ov), 2-83 (Hamilton Masakadza, 41.6 ov), 3-159 (Vusi Sibanda, 61.6 ov), 4-193 (Brendan Taylor, 72.4 ov), 5-198 (Tatenda Taibu, 74.5 ov), 6-284 (Regis Chakabva, 110.3 ov), 7-286 (Ray Price, 112.3 ov), 8-299 (Kyle Jarvis, 117.5 ov), 9-300 (Chris Mpofu, 118.5 ov), 10-313 (Njabulo Ncube, 121.5 ov)
117.5 to KM Jarvis, No. 200 for Martin. he has finally done it. Good on ya, Chris. Short of a length, not too wide, but Jarvis has not moved his back foot at all, and cuts at it. Taylor accepts the sharp chance, and everybody shakes the Phantom's hand. An unassuming smile on the ghost's face. Bordering on the shy. 299/8
121.5 to N Ncube, Timber. The ghost gets to 201. Just the ball for a tailender. Length ball, swinging in, hits the pad in front of leg, and then hits the stumps, New Zealand have done well in this session, and go back with a 113-run lead. 313/10
41.6 to H Masakadza, whoa! Just as we thought he was letting him leave too many deliveries, Bracewell has made Hami look a bit silly. Looks like another innocuous delivery outside off, which Hami leaves alone. But by now he has become a bit nonchalant about the leaves and doesn't cover the stumps well. The ball jags back in to hit the top of off. Maiden Test wicket for Doug. 83/2
12.5 to TMK Mawoyo, this could be out on two counts. Another arm ball, short of a length, Tino goes back, the ball follows him, hits the back pad in front of middle, and then the bat, and is caught by short leg. Not sure whether he has been given out lbw or caught pad-bat, but that he was a goner there is no doubt. 24/1
72.4 to BRM Taylor, Vettori has got his man on the sweep. Taylor was lucky to survive before lunch, but might be unlucky to be walking off now. This was a length ball, pitched in line with middle, and didn't holds its line. The angle could have taken it down, but Erasmus sends Taylor on his way. 193/4
74.5 to T Taibu, what a soft wicket. Zimbabwe have managed top somehow stumble. Having played four dots - just four dots - Taibu charges at Vettori, gets to the pitch of the ball, and chips it straight down mid-on's throat. He is left fuming midpitch after this poor shot. He knows this was easier than catching practice. Earlier too when Vettori bowled a tight over, Taobu played a cross-batted swipe. This time he couldn't survive his own impatience. 198/5
112.3 to RW Price, Price is a goner. No. 349 for Daniel Luca Vettori. Price caught back to a full and fast delivery. he makes it worse by shuffling across. Hit shin high. That's out any day of the week. 286/7
118.5 to CB Mpofu, this is not smart batting from Waller at all. He exposed Mpofu for five balls, and Vettori got him off the fourth. Quick and straight, Mpofu pushes forward in hope, gets an inside edge onto the pad. Caught at short leg. No. 350 now for Vettori, and a five-for too. 300/9
61.6 to V Sibanda, Oh Vusi. He has thrown it away after batting so well. He was so close to a maiden Test century. This was short, this was wide, he could have hit it anywhere, but he did so to the only man in the vicinity, Taylor at gully. What's more? This is Brownlie's first wicket in all official cricket. 159/3
New Zealand 2nd Innings 
lbw b Price1114251078.57
b Jarvis033000.00
lbw b Jarvis681401988148.57
b Jarvis924190037.50
lbw b Jarvis761301934258.46
c Taylor b Price322260013.63
c Ncube b Mpofu3142763073.80
b Jarvis913170169.23
not out 3537455194.59
not out 14100025.00
Extras(b 3, lb 3, nb 3)9
TOTAL71 Ov (RR: 3.54, 313 Mins)252/8d
Did not bat:
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Martin Guptill, 0.5 ov), 2-23 (Brendon McCullum, 5.1 ov), 3-36 (Jeetan Patel, 10.6 ov), 4-155 (Kane Williamson, 48.5 ov), 5-167 (BJ Watling, 53.4 ov), 6-179 (Ross Taylor, 56.5 ov), 7-199 (Dean Brownlie, 60.5 ov), 8-236 (Daniel Vettori, 68.4 ov)
0.5 to MJ Guptill, that's one way of delaying declarations. Keep taking wickets, keep slowing them down. A replay that Guptill will hate to watch, though. This is full and straight, doesn't do anything upon pitching, but he goes for a whip across its line, doesn't make any connection, and his middle stump is flattened. 5/1
10.6 to JS Patel, More timber. Patel hasn't exactly been trying to get in line with the deliveries. Pushes inside the line of a length ball from his guard, which seems like it is outside leg even, and the straight ball hits the top of off. 36/3
48.5 to KS Williamson, Jarvis gets another. This one jags back in, and stays low too. KW doesn't look happy, though, with the lbw verdict. This is a length ball, about two stumps outside off, comes back in sharply, beats the bat, stays low, hits him on the crease and in front of middle and leg. Given. Touch and go on whether it would have hit leg. 155/4
56.5 to LRPL Taylor, Jarvis one short of a five-for now. Catches Taylor on the walk here. Length ball outside off, starts moving in in the air, but then moves in more. Taylor is looking for his bunt past mid-on for a single, but is beaten by the movement, and is hit in front of middle and off. Easy decision to make. 179/6
60.5 to DG Brownlie, there's the five-for for Jarvis. he has toiled long and hard on this flat wicket. And after 387 drops off his bowling, he does it all by himself, hitting the top of off. Short of a length, outside off, Brownlie looks to run this down. Upon pitching, though, the ball jags back in sharply, and goes through the bat-pad gap. he throws his arms up in the air, and celebrates the five-for. For some reason, every team-mate wants to ruffle his blonde hair. 199/7
5.1 to BB McCullum, and he has struck first ball! Sharp as a razor. McCullum has been fighting his aggressive instincts to shut shop for the day. He sees Price and thrusts forward his pad in a premeditated defence. The ball doesn't turn, beats the inside edge, and hits him in front. The only question is the distance it has to travel because he has got a big stride in. Bruce Oxenford thinks long and hard before raising his finger. 23/2
53.4 to BJ Watling, Watling's unremarkable innings ends. After blocking for a while, he looks to turn this flighted delivery to leg. The ball is slower than he expects, turns away from outside leg, takes the leading edge, and lobs for a catch at slip. 167/5
68.4 to DL Vettori, Finally they hold on to a catch. Vettori looks for the slog, but Mpofu's slower one does him in, and Ncube back-pedals at mid-off to complete the catch. 236/8
Zimbabwe 2nd Innings (T: 366 runs)
b Guptill521541915033.76
lbw b Bracewell1327372048.14
c Brownlie b Bracewell1947582040.42
c Watling b Martin1171472428579.59
c Guptill b Vettori631631896138.65
lbw b Vettori29621063046.77
c †Young b Bracewell518290027.77
b Bracewell14131901107.69
c †Young b Bracewell4991044.44
not out 27120028.57
lbw b Vettori067000.00
Extras(b 5, lb 4, nb 4)13
TOTAL108.1 Ov (RR: 3.06, 453 Mins)331
Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Vusi Sibanda, 8.2 ov), 2-61 (Hamilton Masakadza, 23.4 ov), 3-157 (Tino Mawoyo, 48.2 ov), 4-265 (Brendan Taylor, 85.2 ov), 5-287 (Tatenda Taibu, 94.3 ov), 6-303 (Regis Chakabva, 99.4 ov), 7-321 (Njabulo Ncube, 103.5 ov), 8-329 (Ray Price, 105.5 ov), 9-329 (Malcolm Waller, 106.1 ov), 10-331 (Chris Mpofu, 108.1 ov)
85.2 to BRM Taylor, that's definitely taken. Good gracious, this couldn't be more ironic if it were scripted. BT has played almost the exact same shot that he was lucky to survive off earlier and it's gone to the same man BJ Watling in the same position at sweeper cover. This time he took the catch well above the ground. BT's thrown it away. There was no need to chase after that wide ball. He was looking to hit straight but it's got the outside half of the bat and looped up on the off side.. 265/4
8.2 to V Sibanda, Bracewell strikes with the second ball from his new end. Vusi moves too far across, making it look worse than it actually is. This pitches in line with off, angles in, hits him in front of leg, just outside the crease, and could have slipped down leg. 25/1
23.4 to H Masakadza, What has Hami done? Dean Brownlie has pulled off a stunner at gully, but what was Masakadza doing here? Short ball, on off, he arches back to play this cut. This is pretty high to be riding, and fails to keep this down. And then Brownlie at gully dives full length to his right to pull this off. 61/2
99.4 to RW Chakabva, oh what's he done. It's short and wide and he's reached for it. Gets a thick outside edge and what a catch that is from Young. He's dived to his right and low to pull it off. That ball was asking to be hit but Chakabva has found a way to get out to it.. 303/6
103.5 to N Ncube, it's straight and full and that's what you need to do to tailenders. Ncube doesn't move his feet at all and has compeletely missed it. That was angled in and aimed at middle, but it was the length that changed. Ncube had been plonking the back foot down against Bracewell and the lack of footwork did him. Completely missed an attempted prod. 321/7
105.5 to RW Price, and he's edged that. Oh no, it's getting really serious for Zimbabwe now. That was angled in and just straightened a bit from outside off. Price didn't move his feet and just hung the bat out at it and got a thin edge. 329/8
94.3 to T Taibu, and as I say that, the tactic yields a wicket. Taibu goes for the sweep after resisting it all day and top-edges it to short midwicket. That ball pitched at least a foot outside leg but Taibu wanted to sweep anywhere and went hard at it. Didn't seem to be any extra bounce but he didn't get to the pitch of it and it popped up to give Guptill an easy catch. 287/5
106.1 to MN Waller, and that could be it! Vettori has trapped Waller in front. Angled in from outside off and just straightened. Waller had got a huge stride in and it hit him on middle. The ball wasn't turning much and it could have drifted down leg but the umpire has decided it's straightening enough. Big decision. 329/9
108.1 to CB Mpofu, it's all over!!! Vettori has trapped Mpofu in front. A full ball drifts in and Mpofu gets forward but it hits him in front of off and was going to hit the stumps. 331/10
48.2 to TMK Mawoyo, bowled. That's a big breakthrough from an unlikely source. That was an unfortunate dismissal. It was turning down leg but it's gone off the thigh pad, then hit the bat and somehow contrived to roll onto leg stump. Mawoyo was looking good and has been dismissed by a ball that appeared harmless. 157/3
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Tue, 01 Nov - day 1 - New Zealand 1st innings 275/3 (Ross Taylor 76*, BJ Watling 16*, 90 ov)
Wed, 02 Nov - day 2 - Zimbabwe 1st innings 82/1 (Vusi Sibanda 53*, Hamilton Masakadza 22*, 40 ov)
Thu, 03 Nov - day 3 - New Zealand 2nd innings 28/2 (Kane Williamson 13*, Jeetan Patel 4*, 7 ov)
Fri, 04 Nov - day 4 - Zimbabwe 2nd innings 61/2 (Tino Mawoyo 27*, 23.4 ov)
Sat, 05 Nov - day 5 - Zimbabwe 2nd innings 331 (108.1 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
  • Zimbabwe: 100 runs in 35.1 overs (212 balls), Extras 2
  • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 82 balls (TMK Mawoyo 17, BRM Taylor 33, Ex 0)
  • Drinks: Zimbabwe - 115/2 in 39.0 overs (TMK Mawoyo 46, BRM Taylor 35)
  • BRM Taylor: 50 off 50 balls (5 x 4, 2 x 6)
  • TMK Mawoyo: 50 off 148 balls (4 x 4)
  • Zimbabwe: 150 runs in 47.5 overs (288 balls), Extras 6
  • Lunch: Zimbabwe - 169/3 in 56.0 overs (BRM Taylor 73, T Taibu 5)
  • Zimbabwe: 200 runs in 67.1 overs (406 balls), Extras 9
  • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 138 balls (BRM Taylor 28, T Taibu 19, Ex 3)
  • BRM Taylor: 100 off 118 balls (8 x 4, 4 x 6)
  • Drinks: Zimbabwe - 216/3 in 72.0 overs (BRM Taylor 101, T Taibu 21)
  • Zimbabwe: 250 runs in 79.6 overs (483 balls), Extras 10
  • New Ball Taken: Zimbabwe 250/3 after 80.1 overs (BRM Taylor 113, T Taibu 43)
  • 4th Wicket: 100 runs in 197 balls (BRM Taylor 50, T Taibu 47, Ex 3)
  • T Taibu: 50 off 129 balls (5 x 4, 1 x 6)
  • Tea: Zimbabwe - 265/3 in 85.0 overs (BRM Taylor 117, T Taibu 54)
  • Zimbabwe: 300 runs in 97.3 overs (589 balls), Extras 12
  • Drinks: Zimbabwe - 301/5 in 98.0 overs (MN Waller 20, RW Chakabva 5)
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TossNew Zealand, elected to bat first
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Match numberTest no. 2013
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days1,2,3,4,5 November 2011 - day (5-day match)
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