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Black Caps Defeat Zimbabwe by an Innings and 117 Runs to Lead Series 1-0

August 01
16:44 2016

rossNew Delhi, Monday, August 1 – At Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, New Zealand beat Zimbabwe by an innings and 117 runs. Humiliating defeat at the hands of Kiwis wasn’t eyed by the host but poor show on the field led them to face it in the end. Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer won the toss and elected the bat first. The players in team were Prince Masvaure, Regis Chakabva, Chamu Chibhabha, Brian Chari, Hamilton Masakadza, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Donald Tiripano and Michael Chinouya. Those in extras were Richmond Mutumbami, Tino Mawoyo, Peter Moor, Taurai Muzarabani and N Ncube.

The Kiwis were guided by Kane Williamson. Those who were selected to make team have a grip in the contest from the beginning till its end were Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham, Mitchell Santner, BJ Watling, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and Trent Boult. They focused on giving best possible input so that there remains no chance for Zimbabwe to rise. Jeet Raval, Luke Ronchi, Doug Bracewell, Matt Henry and Mark Craig sat on bench to gain learning experience by seeing each happening of the field.

There were not so many viewers on the ground to witness the match but fans of both squads across the world wish their favorite team to win. However, it was terrific effort of the Black Caps that paid off in the end. In the first innings, Zimbabwe scored 164 runs. Brian Chari, the wicket-keeper batsman, was dismissed by Southee at a score of 4, which came through a boundary. Chamu Chibhabha lost his wicket to Wagner at a score of 15 (4 x 1). Hamilton Masakadza had to go back when Santner showed immense quickness in taking the catch soon after bowling a delivery. 15 runs were scored by the batsman in 52 balls. His innings included a couple of fours.  Craig Ervine was stumped by Watling in Santner’s over. He could only score 13 runs off 42 balls, inclusive of a four.

N Wagner dismissed Sean Williams at a single when Ish Sodhi made sure to come under the ball and take a good catch. Sikandar Raza also succumbed to the same bowler at a score of 42. His innings comprised three boundaries. Prince Masvaure was lbw by Southee. He scored second highest runs pocketing 42 in 98 balls with the help of 7 4s. Regis Chakabva did not read a delivery by Wagner right and had to walk back to the pavilion on a naught. Graeme Cremer was dismissed by the same man and at a similar score as like Chakabva. Wagner did not stop till here and got wicket of Michael Chinouya at well. Donald Tiripano was not out at 49 runs (4 x 6 and 6 x 1).  Wagner caught attention with his six-wicket haul, his career’s best figures.

Lack of experience in the longest format let the Zimbabweans lose wickets in a short span of time. Martin Guptill and Tom Latham gave Kiwis a strong start. When Chibhabha dismissed Guptill, the 29-year-old opener, he was playing at a score of 40 (4  x 7). Tom Latham got 105 runs (4 x 12) before Masakadza got him. Kane Williamson succumbed to Cremer and missed the opportunity to get a ton by 9 runs. But Ross Taylor was in different mood and so was BJ Watling. When Henry Nicholls was dismissed by Donald Tiripano at 18 runs (4 x 2) and Ish Sodhi by Chinouya at 11 runs, which included two 4s, Taylor and Watling played at innings that put Kiwis at a strong position. Taylor was not out at 173 runs (4 x 19), while the wicket-keeper Watling was dismissed by Raza at 107 runs, which included 12 boundaries. Kiwis declared innings at 576, putting a mammoth total in front of the host.

In response, Zimbabwe were all out at 295 runs, which were better than before but not enough to put them in a sound place. Chamu Chibhabha was out this time at 7 runs (4 x 1). Hamilton Masakadza at 4 runs, Brian Chari at 5 runs, Craig Ervine at 50, Prince Masvaure at a zero, Sikandar Raza at 37 runs, Graeme Cremer at 33 runs, Regis Chakabva  at 11 runs and Donald Tiripano at 14 runs. Sean Williams grabbed eyeballs with his 119-run knock in 148 balls. He struck 21 boundaries as well. However, since wickets kept on falling at different time intervals, he could not save the match. Michael Chinouya was not out but couldn’t get any run. Ross Taylor was given Man of the Match award.


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