Harare - Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to bat in the first one-day international against New Zealand at Harare Sports Club on Thursday.
were boosted by the return of experienced wicketkeeper-batsman Tatenda
Taibu and batsman Vusi Sibanda, who missed two Twenty20 internationals
against the same opponents because of injury and a family bereavement
New Zealand were without all-rounder Jacob Oram because of illness.
New Zealand go into the three-match series on the back of two convincing wins in the Twenty20 games.
Brendan Taylor (capt), Vusi Sibanda, Chamu Chibhabha, Hamilton
Masakadza, Tatenda Taibu (wk), Forster Mutizwa, Elton Chigumbura,
Prosper Utseya, Raymond Price, Kyle Jarvis, Chris Mpofu
Zealand: Ross Taylor (capt), Brendon McCullum (wk), Martin Guptill,
Jesse Ryder, Kane Williamson, Rob Nichol, James Franklin, Nathan
McCullum, Doug Bracewell, Kyle Mills, Andy McKay.
Umpires: Bruce Oxenford (AUS), Russell Tiffin (ZIM)
TV umpire: Jeremiah Matibiri (ZIM)
Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)