Dunedin - All-rounder Rob Nicol took four wickets as New Zealand bowled out
Zimbabwe for 158 on Friday to win the first of three one-day cricket
internationals by 90 runs.
Nicol atoned for his duck when opening
New Zealand's innings by putting in an outstanding bowling performance
which helped the hosts skittle Zimbabwe in 41.1 overs at University
Nicol's opening partner Martin Guptill anchored the New
Zealand innings with his knock of 70 and the allrounder's apparently
innocuous off-spin bowling helped to destabilize Zimbabwe's reply.
Veteran paceman Kyle Mills had earlier removed the top of the Zimbabwe
lineup and finished with three wickets.
Captain Brendan Taylor
top-scored for Zimbabwe with 58 from 68 balls and put on 52 for its
fourth wicket with wicketkeeper Tatenda Taibu (20). But the pair were
the best hope of the Zimbabwe innings and when they were out - Taibu
with the total at 67, Taylor at 97 - the innings steadily dwindled.
partnership of 34 for the ninth wicket between the veteran Ray Price
-playing his 100th one-day international - and Keegan Meth added 34 but
that was the last show of defiance from Zimbabwe.
Price finished 26 not out while Nicol took 4-19 from 4.1 overs and Mills 3-26 from eight overs.
dismissed Stuart Matsikenyeri with the last ball of the opening over
and, after Matsikenyeri's opening partner Hamilton Masakadza was run out
for 7, he then removed Regis Chakabva to leave Zimbabwe 15-3 in the
Taylor and Taibu gave the total some substance,
occupying the crease for more than 13 overs. But, when Taibu was out in
the 20th over, the visitors' progress was too slow to really threaten
New Zealand. At the midpoint of its innings, Zimbabwe was 91-4 and
already New Zealand's moderate total seemed unreachable.
removed Taylor, Malcolm Waller for 12, Meth for 10 and Kyle Jarvis for
two to achieve his best international bowling figures.
Shingirai Masakadza took 4-46 in a display of controlled medium pace
bowling as Zimbabwe held to New Zealand to what seemed an attainable
total after winning the toss and electing to bowl.
toiled into a strong wind for 9.3 overs as Zimbabwe bowled out New
Zealand in the 49th over of its innings on a greenish pitch.
Zealand lost its first two wickets for four runs in the first eight
balls of the innings. But Guptill's innings of 70 and his 88-run
partnership with Kyle Williamson lifted New Zealand to 92-3 and gave its
innings a foundation.
Elton Chigumbura captured the wickets of
Guptill and debutant Tom Latham (24) and Masakadza rolled through the
middle order to leave Zimbabwe a competitive target.
well-disguised slower ball with deliveries that sometimes surprised the
batsmen with pace and bounce, Masakadza helped Zimbabwe put the brakes
on New Zealand's scoring after Guptill's dominant innings.
had reached his half century - his 13th in one-day internationals - in
82 minutes from only 44 balls with seven fours. He played some
outstanding shots down the ground as he re-established New Zealand's
innings after the loss of Nicol to the fifth ball of the innings and
captain Brendon McCullum (3) to the eighth.
New Zealand fielded
three players on debut Friday and all made contributions. Latham, the
son of former test opener Rod Latham, made 24 from 33 balls, allrounder
Andy Ellis made 33 from 30 balls, then took one for 34, and Test batsman
Dean Brownlie was run out for 19 in his first one-day international.