1st T20I (N), Auckland, Feb 11 2012, Zimbabwe tour of New Zealand
(16.5/20 ov)160/3
New Zealand won by 7 wickets (with 19 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
91* (54) & 3 catches
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• The Report by Andrew Fernando at Eden Park

Guptill blazes NZ to clinical win

A 54-ball unbeaten 91 from Martin Guptill - his fifth straight half-century on tour - made light work of Zimbabwe's first fighting total in New Zealand, as the hosts sauntered past Zimbabwe's 159 with more than three overs to spare at Eden Park

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Scores: Avi Singh
Comms: Avi Singh
Scorecard summary
Zimbabwe159/8(20 overs)
New Zealand160/3(16.5 overs)

Thanks for your patience tonight as our scoring system had a meltdown, apologies for the delay at times, fingers crossed that everything goes to plan in a few days' time. This is Avi Singh signing off on behalf of Andrew Fernando doing match reports, and Kanishkaa Balachandran, Venkat Raghav, Robin Abrahams and Dustin Silgardo who all tirelessly worked away on the desk to help fix the issues tonight. Do join us on Tuesday night for the final T20I from Seddon Park in Hamilton. Until then, bye for now.

Positives for Zimbabwe to take from the game but if they are to pull off an upset in their final match of the tour at Hamilton on Tuesday, their fielding will have to pick up considerably and of course, Guptill will still be standing in their way. New Zealand were tested a little more tonight, which they wouldn't have seen as the worst thing in the long run as they try to prepare for the formidable South Africans who are arriving in the country tonight and tomorrow.

Post-Match Presentations:

Brendan Taylor: "Nice pitch, good to see Hamilton get back into form and set us up with Taibu. 159 was competitive but we knew we were 20-30 short with those short, straight boundaries. It was definitely a notch up from the ODIs and we fought harder today. The fielding was frustrating again, but we have to give Guptill credit. We will work hard at our game and hopefully be ready for Tuesday."

Brendon McCullum: "Great to see Guptill in such form, the bowlers stood up today. I thought 180-190 was a par score, the spinners did really well with short, sharp spells. Good to have so many guys in our team who can bowl spin, offers us variation. Outstanding wicket and Martin and Kane played well on it, short and straight is pretty inviting. All the Auckland boys are pretty happy with their day's work, I'm sure Colin will get more chances in the next game."

Martin Guptill: "Mark Perham always prepares belters and it's nice to bat on such wickets. Haven't really had a hit in the last two days so nice to get out there and play the way I did."

Zimbabwe fought better tonight but they couldn't find a way around Martin Guptill and he proved too good for the visitors as New Zealand win by 7 wickets.

Masakadza to Guptill, 2 runs

drives firmly through the off side and they come back for a couple to wrap up a victory which was comfortable in the end

Masakadza to Guptill, SIX runs

goes back and slams a pull way back over the midwicket boundary, looking to finish this off quickly

Masakadza to Williamson, OUT

he defends into the off side and sets off, Shingi picks up and hurls down the stumps at the bowler's end with Kane short by a few inches

Kane Williamson run out (SW Masakadza) 48 (62m 38b 5x4 0x6) SR: 126.31
Masakadza to Williamson, FOUR runs

flicked off the pads and into the midwicket fence

Masakadza to Williamson, no run
end of over 167 runs
NZ: 148/2CRR: 9.25 RRR: 3.00
Kane Williamson44 (35)
Martin Guptill83 (52)
Ray Price 4-0-34-0
Keegan Meth 4-0-34-0
Price to Williamson, 1 run

drives a full toss to long-off

Price to Williamson, no run
Price to Guptill, 1 run

flicked to long-on

Price to Williamson, 1 run

goes back and plays into the deep on the off side

Price to Guptill, 1 run

worked wide of midwicket

Price to Williamson, 3 runs

goes back and pulls into the leg side where the fielder on the circle messes up and Jarvis on the boundary saves his blushes with a brave dive on the boundary

end of over 1512 runs
NZ: 141/2CRR: 9.40 RRR: 3.80
Martin Guptill81 (50)
Kane Williamson39 (31)
Keegan Meth 4-0-34-0
Ray Price 3-0-27-0
Meth to Guptill, FOUR runs

too easy for Guptill who is looking sublime again, thumps Meth over his head one bounce into the sightscreen

Meth to Williamson, 1 run

again full and worked away through the leg side

Meth to Williamson, no run

full toss is played straight to cover

Meth to Guptill, 1 run

drives down to long-off

Meth to Guptill, SIX runs

doesn't miss this time, hit well back into the South Stand with ferocity after it was pitched up in the slot

Meth to Guptill, no run

outside off and he misses the attempted swing over the bowler's head

end of over 1415 runs
NZ: 129/2CRR: 9.21 RRR: 5.16
Martin Guptill70 (46)
Kane Williamson38 (29)
Ray Price 3-0-27-0
Keegan Meth 3-0-22-0

Wilfred Hickenshire: "Funny how the only two NZ players who chose County Cricket over IPL last year and this year, are pulling us out of a hole in a 20/20..."

Price to Guptill, 1 run

pulls off the back foot through square leg

Price to Williamson, 1 run

fired in down leg after he backed away and he squeezes it backward of square

Price to Guptill, 1 run

plays off the back foot towards the cover sweeper

Match details
Eden Park, Auckland
TossZimbabwe, elected to bat first
SeriesZimbabwe tour of New Zealand
Player Of The Match
Martin Guptill
Martin Guptill
Series resultNew Zealand led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberT20I no. 219
Hours of play (local time)19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.15, Interval 20.15-20.30, Second Session 20.30-21.50
Match days11 February 2012 - night (20-over match)
T20I debut
Colin de Grandhomme
Colin de Grandhomme
Keegan Meth
Keegan Meth
Michael Bates
Michael Bates
Ronnie Hira
Ronnie Hira
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Barry Frost
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Gary Baxter
TV Umpire
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Chris Gaffaney
Reserve Umpire
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Billy Bowden
Match Referee
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David Boon