I will be back on Thursday as the ODI series moves to Napier's McLean Park, with the 3rd and final day-night ODI beginning at 2.00pm local time. Andrew's final match report will be up soon for you to view if you missed any action. Thanks for all the mails today, hope you've enjoyed the coverage. Until Thursday, this is Avi Singh wishing you all the best on behalf of Andrew Fernando, Nitin Sundar on the editorial desk and Sajan Nair on the scoring desk. Bye for now!
That ends our live coverage of today's ODI. Do hop across to our live commentary of the 3rd Test between Pakistan and England in
Dubai as England try to salvage their No 1 Test ranking.
Man of the Match is Rob Nicol: "Difficult early on, touch of bounce in the wicket. Sometimes you have some luck and I did today, so quite happy. Best seat in the house to watch Guppy bat and Jake played really well too."
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum: "Played much better than in Dunedin. Pitch was really flat, great for batting. Pretty close to a complete performance, bowling was very good, batting outstanding, all the guys were superb. Got to give some guys opportunities and he [Oram] took his chance with both hands."
Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor: "Very disappointed, just outplayed by a much better side today, hopefully we look at how they do things in all three departments. We work on our fielding quite a bit, but now we need to be more specific and more quality-focused in how we train for that. Not much time until the next game, but we will be trying to improve. The guys have struggled with the bat so good to see a few contribute today, top order needs to come back stronger. Pitch was outstanding and the venue was lovely, a privilege to have been part of this first game and we are looking forward to Napier."
Post-match presentations are just about to take place.
Zimbabwe managed to bat out the 50 overs but finished up well short of the target. Taibu and Chigumbura managed half-centuries to give them a little bit to cheer about, but today was all about the hosts. Cobham Oval in Whangarei produced a real belter of a track in its debut ODI as the hosts racked up 372, Rob Nicol leading the way with a undemonstrative 146 while Jacob Oram pummelled a 23-ball fifty after Martin Guptill made a near run-a-ball 77 to light the fuse. Tom Latham chipped in with 48 as well in an innings where at least one of the Masakadza brothers was involved in every dismissal. Oram also grabbed three wickets with the ball, but the game was as good as over at the halfway stage.