Brendan Taylor is reasonably happy with the bowling, felt there were a few too many boundary balls but overall was quite pleased with his attack. He praises Shingi Masakadza for his efforts today, says he offers the side a lot. Says the team need to go back to the drawing board regarding their batting.
Brendon McCullum: Thinks 248 was a decent score considering the relative lack of momentum throughout the innings. Happy with the fielders' catching and the bowling attack's efforts. Says he wants his side to be ruthless, regardless of what the playing XI looks like. Says Rob Nicol should be pleased with how he bowled at the end into the wind. Wishes there was a little less grass on the pitch, but acknowledges the part the weather played during the week.
Martin Guptill is Man of the Match: Happy with his score but wants to keep scoring runs consistently and wanted a hundred today. Hopes for good batting conditions up north in Whangarei for the 2nd ODI.
That wraps up our live coverage of today's game, hope you enjoyed it and thanks for all the mails. Andrew Fernando's final match report will be up soon. Until the 2nd ODI in Whangarei on Monday, this is Avi Singh signing off on behalf of Andrew, Dan Brettig and Siddarth Ravindran on the editorial desk, and Venkat Raghav in the scoring department. Enjoy your weekend, and see you in three days' time!!