Zimbabwe Finally Show Some Fight Despite 1st T20I Loss

Zimbabwe are still without a win on this tour, and still facing an inquiry into their performances when they get back home, but the first T20 international against New Zealand finally saw some fight - at least from Hamilton Masakadza (53 from 36 balls) and Elton Chigumbura (48 from 24 balls), who helped see their side to a halfway-respectable 159/8 from their 20 overs. It wasn't enough, unfortunately, as the usual bowling woes that this series has seen allowed New Zealand to chase the target with time to spare - with Guptill (91* off 54 balls) carrying his bat for the innings, no Zimbabwean bowler went for less that 8.5/over, and Jarvis - the only wicket-taker - went for over 10/over. Hardly impressive, but credit for there finally being some promising signs. Full scorecard below the cut.
Zimbabwe 159/8 (20 overs; H Masakadza 53, Bates 3/31), New Zealand 160/3 (16.5 overs; Guptill 91*, Jarvis 2/32. New Zealand win by 7 wickets.

Zimbabwe innings (20 overs maximum) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
BRM Taylor* 	b Bates 	                3 	7 	6 	0 	0 	50.00
H Masakadza 	c Franklin b Williamson 	53 	40 	36 	3 	3 	147.22
F Mutizwa 	c Guptill b Mills 	        0 	4 	3 	0 	0 	0.00
T Taibu† 	c Bracewell b NL McCullum 	27 	35 	24 	3 	0 	112.50
MN Waller 	c Guptill b Mills 	        11 	17 	14 	1 	0 	78.57
E Chigumbura 	c Guptill b Bates 	        48 	29 	24 	3 	4 	200.00
SW Masakadza 	b Hira 	                        8 	11 	7 	1 	0 	114.28
KO Meth 	not out 	                6 	11 	6 	0 	0 	100.00
P Utseya 	c Franklin b Bates 	        0 	1 	1 	0 	0 	0.00
RW Price 	not out 	                0 	1 	0 	0 	0 	-
	Extras 	(lb 1, w 1, nb 1) 	        3 					
	Total 	(8 wickets; 20 overs; 82 mins) 	159 	(7.95 runs per over)

Did not bat: KM Jarvis

Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Taylor, 1.4 ov), 2-16 (Mutizwa, 2.5 ov), 3-78 (H Masakadza, 10.2 ov), 
4-88 (Taibu, 12.2 ov), 5-106 (Waller, 14.5 ov), 6-135 (SW Masakadza, 17.4 ov), 
7-156 (Chigumbura, 19.3 ov), 8-157 (Utseya, 19.5 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
KD Mills 	4 	0 	32 	2 	8.00 		
MD Bates 	4 	0 	31 	3 	7.75 		
DAJ Bracewell 	4 	0 	47 	0 	11.75 	(1nb) 	
NL McCullum 	2 	0 	11 	1 	5.50 		
RM Hira 	4 	0 	22 	1 	5.50 	(1w) 	
RJ Nicol 	1 	0 	9 	0 	9.00 		
KS Williamson 	1 	0 	6 	1 	6.00 		


New Zealand innings (target: 160 runs from 20 overs) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
RJ Nicol 	b Jarvis 	                12 	6 	8 	2 	0 	150.00
MJ Guptill 	not out 	                91 	74 	54 	5 	6 	168.51
BB McCullum*† 	c Chigumbura b Jarvis 	        0 	1 	1 	0 	0 	0.00
KS Williamson 	run out (SW Masakadza) 	        48 	62 	38 	5 	0 	126.31
C de Grandhomme not out 	                0 	2 	0 	0 	0 	-
	Extras 	(w 9) 	                        9 					
	Total 	(3 wickets; 16.5 overs; 74 min) 160 	(9.50 runs per over)

Did not bat: JEC Franklin, NL McCullum, DAJ Bracewell, KD Mills, RM Hira, MD Bates

Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Nicol, 1.3 ov), 2-15 (BB McCullum, 1.4 ov), 3-152 (Williamson, 16.3 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
KO Meth 	4 	0 	34 	0 	8.50 	(2w) 	
KM Jarvis 	3 	0 	32 	2 	10.66 	(4w) 	
SW Masakadza 	2.5 	0 	26 	0 	9.17 	(2w) 	
RW Price 	4 	0 	34 	0 	8.50 		
P Utseya 	2 	0 	18 	0 	9.00 	(1w) 	
E Chigumbura 	1 	0 	16 	0 	16.00 		

Match details
Toss: Zimbabwe, who chose to bat
Series: New Zealand led the 2-match series 1-0
T20I debuts: MD Bates, C de Grandhomme and RM Hira (New Zealand); KO Meth (Zimbabwe)
Player of the match: MJ Guptill (New Zealand)