New Zealand Eye Win vs. Zimbabwe in Do-or-Die Match in Harare

August 03 23:26 2015

zimNew Delhi, Tuesday, August 4 – New Zealand are on tour of Zimbabwe and already lost the first battle at the hands of the host in the match played on Sunday, August 2. It was an easy win for the men in red shirts despite the fact that the tourists put a challenging total of 303 runs while batting first regardless of not winning the toss and being invited to accept the challenge.

Poor performance of Zimbabwe against the Men in Blue must be in the mind of Kiwis. Here is to mention that India in the guidance of stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane whitewash Zimbabwe in 3-match ODI series played during July 10 to July 14 period. But in the last part, they were able to end the series with a victory when India, the semi-finalist of 2015 World Cup, did not succeed to make use of the lead taken in the first T20 International match and faced defeat that was unexpected, taking into consideration the outstanding form of the squad that was mix of both young and talented cricketers.

Kiwis would have thought of being on the front foot in the game played a couple of days ago but ball went into the court of Zimbabwe as soon as they came to chase the target of over 300 set by the rivals. Perhaps it was the casual approach of the opener Martin Guptill and Tom Latham that made them go back to the pavilion at the individual scores of 11 (inclusive of two 4s) and 14 runs (4 x 3). Kane Williamson’s 97 runs and good partnership with Ross Taylor, who played a wonderful unbeaten knock of 112 runs in 122 balls (4 x 6 and 6 x 3), made New Zealand be up from the early jolts which could have done much damage had the upcoming batsmen wouldn’t have held the fort and helped their camp recover from wobbly innings.

Tinashe Panyangara gave his team a required breakthrough by sending Williamson, who was just short of 3 runs to pocket a ton. But no drop in pace of attaining runs was observed for the reason that Grant Elliott achieved 43 runs in 32 balls, including three boundaries and a six, prior to turning a run out victim the moment Sean Williams collected the ball and ensured it hit the stumps before the man was in. Jimmy Neesham played a not out inning of 14 runs in 9 balls, which comprised a four as well. A total of 12 extras were bowled by the contenders. Tinashe Panyangara got two wickets, while Chamu Chibhabha had to satisfy with 1 wicket.

In terms of taking wickets, New Zealand faced almost the same sort of scenario like Zimbabwe as bowling lineup strove for producing opportunities. Chamu Chibhabha (42 runs in 48 balls; 4 x 5) and the opener Hamilton Masakadza (84 runs in 99 balls; 4 x 10) gave a solid start to the team that set the foundation of their team’s success. Nathan McCullum was the man who earned their wicket bur problems were a level up as Craig Ervine was all set to show what kind of potential he houses that could change the entire outcome.

He remained on the crease till the end and hoarded 130 runs in just 108 balls. The ball touched the fences 11 times and crossed it for 5 times. Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura also succumbed to Nathan McCullum at a score of 26 runs in 31 balls, together with a six and four. Sean Williams was unbeaten at 7 runs. Williams and Ervine were the men who enabled other teammates taste a win, which was imperative to stay a step ahead of the rivals.  The target was achieved with one over remaining.

Another match between the two is slated take place today and New Zealand are eying a triumph at this stage as it will make them be at an equal position to that of Zimbabwe, letting the last ODI turn interesting. Preparations at Harare Sports Club in Harare are all done and both playing XIs are all set for the mega fight, which is gonna be interesting for sure. Zimbabwe would not like to leave the opportunity as a win at this point will let them seal the series after a long span of time.

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