Harare - Captain Kane Williamson's steady knock and an assured performance
from the New Zealand bowlers saw the tourists secure a 38-run victory in
Friday's third one-day international against Zimbabwe and wrap up a 2-1
Williamson recorded his sixth straight score of 50 or
more as his 90 guided New Zealand to 273 for six, and although
Zimbabwe's opening stand gave the World Cup finalists a scare, the
bowlers held their nerve to restrict the hosts to 235 all out.
New Zealand therefore completed a come-from-behind series victory, having lost the first ODI by seven wickets.
certainly wasn't easy today, so the way that the boys stuck in it and
put up a competitive total was a really good effort," said Williamson,
who was named man of the match and man of the series.
it was a very good total until Zimbabwe came out and played the way they
did and put us under a lot of pressure, but full credit to our boys for
learning from that first game and pulling it back nicely."
dry wicket, New Zealand's batsmen were tested by Zimbabwe's spin duo of
Graeme Cremer and John Nyumbu, who took five wickets between them.
Nyumbu made the initial breakthrough when he dismissed Tom Latham, and
after New Zealand rebuilt to 100 for one, Cremer had Martin Guptill
caught at slip for 42 and then spun one through the defences of Colin
Williamson added 70 for the fourth wicket with Grant
Elliott, but New Zealand were pegged back when Cremer dismissed Elliott
for 36, and Williamson was brilliantly caught on the boundary for 90 off
Although James Neesham and Nathan McCullum
boosted the New Zealand total with an unbroken stand of 50 from 25
balls, Zimbabwe were on track to chase down the target when Hamilton
Masakadza and Chamu Chibhabha put on 97 for the first wicket.
required a timely intervention from Mitchell McClenaghan to pull things
back as he bowled Chibhabha for 32, before Masakadza struck a short ball
from Williamson straight to deep midwicket and departed for 57.
budding partnership between Craig Ervine and Sean Williams was then
snaffled out by Ben Wheeler's sharp fielding off his own bowling, and
although Williams went on to hit 63, McClenaghan returned to grab two
more wickets and finish with figures of 3 for 36 as New Zealand won
"Our batting let us down - I thought it was a reasonable score to chase," Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura said.
"We had the foundation, but myself and a few other batters failed to put runs on the board. It's something we can learn from."
two teams will meet again at Harare Sports Club on Sunday for a one-off
Twenty20 international, when New Zealand will once again be without
The batsman missed Friday's match and was ruled out
of the remainder of the tour - which includes two Twenty20
internationals and three one-day internationals against South Africa -
when he suffered a blow to the groin in training on Thursday and
required minor surgery.