2nd ODI, Whangarei, Feb 5 2012, Zimbabwe tour of New Zealand
(50 ov, target 373)231/8
New Zealand won by 141 runs
player of the match
Rob Nicol
New Zealand
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• The Report by Andrew Fernando

Nicol leads batting blitz as NZ seal series

New Zealand cruised to a 141-run victory after amassing 372 for 6 at Whangarei's Cobham Oval, and with it took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the ODI series

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Scorer: Avi Singh
Commentator: Avi Singh
Scorecard summary
New Zealand372/6(50 overs)
Rob Nicol146 (134)
Ray Price1/67(10)
Zimbabwe231/8(50 overs)
end of over 508 runs • 1 wicket
ZIM: 231/8CRR: 4.62 
Prosper Utseya27 (43)
Ray Price0 (0)
Kane Williamson3-0-16-1
Jacob Oram10-1-29-3

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!

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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.

Williamson to Utseya, no run
Williamson to Masakadza, OUT
Shingi Masakadza c Ellis b Williamson 38 (42m 31b 3x4 2x6) SR: 122.58
Williamson to Utseya, 1 run
Williamson to Masakadza, 1 run
Williamson to Masakadza, no run
Williamson to Masakadza, SIX runs
end of over 492 runs
ZIM: 223/7CRR: 4.55 RRR: 150.00 • Need 150 from 6b
Prosper Utseya26 (41)
Shingi Masakadza31 (27)
Jacob Oram10-1-29-3
Kane Williamson2-0-8-0
Oram to Utseya, no run
Oram to Utseya, 2 runs
Oram to Utseya, no run
Oram to Utseya, no run
Oram to Utseya, no run
Oram to Utseya, no run
end of over 483 runs
ZIM: 221/7CRR: 4.60 RRR: 76.00 • Need 152 from 12b
Prosper Utseya24 (35)
Shingi Masakadza31 (27)
Kane Williamson2-0-8-0
Tim Southee10-0-50-1
Williamson to Utseya, 1 run
Williamson to Utseya, no run
Williamson to Utseya, no run
Williamson to Masakadza, 1 run
Williamson to Utseya, 1 run
Williamson to Utseya, no run
end of over 4717 runs
ZIM: 218/7CRR: 4.63 RRR: 51.67 • Need 155 from 18b
Shingi Masakadza30 (26)
Prosper Utseya22 (30)
Tim Southee10-0-50-1
Kane Williamson1-0-5-0
Southee to Masakadza, FOUR runs
Southee to Masakadza, 1 wide
Match details
Cobham Oval (New), Whangarei
TossZimbabwe, elected to field first
SeriesZimbabwe tour of New Zealand
Player Of The Match
Rob Nicol
Rob Nicol
Series resultNew Zealand led the 3-match series 2-0
Match numberODI no. 3232
Hours of play (local time)11.00 start, First Session 11.00-14.30, Interval 14.30-15.15, Second Session 15.15-18.45
Match days6 February 2012 - day(50-over match)
ODI debut
Tarun Nethula
Tarun Nethula
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Rod Tucker
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Tony Hill
TV Umpire
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Enamul Haque
Reserve Umpire
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Barry Frost
Match Referee
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David Boon