Zimbabwe Lose 1st ODI by 90 Runs

Zimbabwe would have been reasonably satisfied as their bowlers restricted New Zealand to 248 all out just short of their 50 overs thanks in the main to the lion hearted Shingirai Masakadza who used the over head conditions and changes of pace magnificently as he claimed a career best 4-46.

249 was always going to be a tall order on a bowler friendly wicket and losing the top three batsmen with just 15 runs on the board meant that Zimbabwe were always going to be hard pressed to get to a total of respectability and there is no doubt that some supporters would have had visions of another collapse similar to the first innings disaster of 51. However, Brendan Taylor continued his remarkable form against New Zealand as he passed 50 for the fourth consecutive time against New Zealand in one day international cricket before holding out to long on for a fluent 58, which included one of the biggest struck sixes seen at the ground.

But Taylor had no real support from the top and middle order as Tatenda Taibu got a start but then got out for 20 and when Malcolm Waller and Elton Chigumbura followed for 12 and 15 respectively, the writing was on the wall. Had it not been for Raymond Price who frustrated the black caps by scoring an unbeaten 26 batting at number 10, the visitor's total would have been appalling.

This was another disappointment for the men in red but one has to single out Shingirai Masakadza who's 'never say die' attitude along with a fierce desire to take wickets for his country shows that passion and pride are still a part of the team. One can only hope that the young man’s energy and enthusiasm will rub off on the rest of the team. It would also be well advised to seriously consider preparing pitches with more pace and bounce back home which will not only benefit and improve techniques of the countries batsmen, but will also encourage fast bowling instead of the flat and unresponsive pitches currently been used. It would be very disappointing to be in the same boat as teams from the sub-continent who thrive in their home conditions but more often than not flatter to deceive when going on tour. Full scorecard below the cut.
New Zealand 248 (48.3 overs; Guptill 70, S Masakadza 4/46), Zimbabwe 158 (41.1 overs; Taylor 58, Nicol 4/19). New Zealand win by 90 runs.
[Match report via ZC]

New Zealand innings (50 overs maximum) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
RJ Nicol 	c Taylor b Meth 	        0 	3 	5 	0 	0 	0.00
MJ Guptill 	b Chigumbura 	                70 	105 	66 	9 	0 	106.06
BB McCullum*† 	lbw b Jarvis 	                3 	4 	3 	0 	0 	100.00
KS Williamson 	c & b SW Masakadza 	        35 	67 	53 	4 	0 	66.03
TWM Latham 	c †Taibu b Chigumbura 	        24 	43 	33 	3 	0 	72.72
DG Brownlie 	run out (Chakabva) 	        19 	30 	28 	2 	0 	67.85
NL McCullum 	b SW Masakadza 	                30 	65 	42 	2 	0 	71.42
AM Ellis 	b SW Masakadza 	                33 	40 	30 	4 	0 	110.00
DAJ Bracewell 	not out 	                8 	28 	15 	0 	0 	53.33
KD Mills 	b Jarvis 	                7 	12 	12 	1 	0 	58.33
TG Southee 	lbw b SW Masakadza 	        3 	6 	4 	0 	0 	75.00
	Extras 	(lb 7, w 9) 	                16 					
	Total 	(all out; 48.3 overs; 206 mins) 248 	(5.11 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Nicol, 0.5 ov), 2-4 (BB McCullum, 1.2 ov), 3-92 (Williamson, 16.3 ov), 
4-130 (Guptill, 24.4 ov), 5-147 (Latham, 28.6 ov), 6-166 (Brownlie, 33.1 ov), 7-223 (Ellis, 42.4 ov), 
8-230 (NL McCullum, 44.3 ov), 9-241 (Mills, 47.3 ov), 10-248 (Southee, 48.3 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
KO Meth 	7 	0 	48 	1 	6.85 	(3w) 	
KM Jarvis 	9 	1 	41 	2 	4.55 	(1w) 	
SW Masakadza 	9.3 	0 	46 	4 	4.84 	(3w) 	
E Chigumbura 	10 	0 	46 	2 	4.60 		
RW Price 	10 	1 	47 	0 	4.70 		
H Masakadza 	3 	0 	13 	0 	4.33 	(2w) 	


Zimbabwe innings (target: 249 runs from 50 overs) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
H Masakadza 	run out (Ellis) 	        7 	20 	19 	1 	0 	36.84
S Matsikenyeri 	lbw b Mills 	                1 	3 	2 	0 	0 	50.00
RW Chakabva 	c Nicol b Mills 	        2 	23 	12 	0 	0 	16.66
BRM Taylor* 	c Ellis b Nicol 	        58 	87 	68 	8 	1 	85.29
T Taibu† 	c Williamson b Ellis 	        20 	59 	39 	2 	0 	51.28
MN Waller 	lbw b Nicol 	                12 	34 	20 	0 	0 	60.00
E Chigumbura 	c & b Bracewell 	        15 	18 	16 	2 	0 	93.75
KO Meth 	lbw b Nicol 	                10 	47 	26 	1 	0 	38.46
SW Masakadza 	c Nicol b Mills 	        2 	6 	5 	0 	0 	40.00
RW Price 	not out 	                26 	41 	35 	5 	0 	74.28
KM Jarvis 	st †BB McCullum b Nicol 	2 	7 	5 	0 	0 	40.00
	Extras 	(w 3) 	                        3 					
	Total 	(all out; 41.1 overs; 176 mins) 158 	(3.83 runs per over)

Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Matsikenyeri, 0.6 ov), 2-10 (H Masakadza, 5.2 ov), 3-15 (Chakabva, 6.1 ov), 
4-67 (Taibu, 19.5 ov), 5-97 (Taylor, 25.3 ov), 6-110 (Waller, 27.6 ov), 7-119 (Chigumbura, 29.4 ov), 
8-122 (SW Masakadza, 30.5 ov), 9-156 (Meth, 39.2 ov), 10-158 (Jarvis, 41.1 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
KD Mills 	8 	2 	26 	3 	3.25 		
DAJ Bracewell 	8 	1 	33 	1 	4.12 	(1w) 	
TG Southee 	8 	0 	27 	0 	3.37 	(1w) 	
AM Ellis 	8 	1 	34 	1 	4.25 		
RJ Nicol 	4.1 	0 	19 	4 	4.56 	(1w) 	
NL McCullum 	5 	0 	19 	0 	3.80 		

Match details
Toss: Zimbabwe, who chose to field
Series: New Zealand led the 3-match series 1-0
ODI debuts: DG Brownlie, AM Ellis and TWM Latham (New Zealand)
Player of the match: MJ Guptill (New Zealand)