New Zealand Edge Zimbabwe in Thriller

New Zealand became only the 3rd team to win a T20 International chasing 200+, and in the process dashed Zimbabwe's chances of salvaging a consolation win from their disastrous Kiwi tour. Batting first, Zimbabwe has reached an impressive 200/2, with Brendan Taylor (75* off 43 balls) and Hamilton Masakadza (62 off 42) both claiming fifties - by far the most impressive batting performance of the tour, and a score that in most T20 matches would have been enough to secure victory. But New Zealand have been dominant all tour, and weren't about to lie down - especially when they'd already proven in the preceding matches that they had the mark of the Zimbabwean bowlers.

To their credit, they kept the Kiwi run rate to around the required rate for the full innings, and took their chances when they came - a remarkable direct-hit throw from the boundary saw Keegan Meth claim James Franklin's scalp by runout after he'd top-scored for NZ with 60 (from 37 balls); Elton Chigumbura struck on his first ball to remove Nicol while also taking the scalp of former Zimbabwean Colin de Grandhomme (who also found himself on the receiving end of some "comments" from a chatty Ray Price; and Kyle Jarvis took 2 wicketes in 2 balls in the penultimate over to put some late pressure on the home side. But Taylor's tactic of changing bowlers almost ever over never seemed to gain much in the way of results - and handing the ball to Shingi Masakadza in the final over with NZ requiring 14 to win when Shingi had only bowled 1 other over in the match (which went for 16) seemed risky. Sure enough, two fours and a six later the match was over, and Zimbabwe were left to rue how close it had been. Full scorecard below the cut.
Zimbabwe 200/2 (20 overs; Taylor 75*, Hira 1/31), New Zealand 202/5 (19.4 overs; Franklin 60, Chigumbura 2/23). New Zealand win by 5 wickets.

Zimbabwe innings (20 overs maximum) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
H Masakadza 	c de Grandhomme b Bates 	62 	52 	42 	3 	4 	147.61
S Matsikenyeri 	c Southee b Hira 	        32 	28 	19 	2 	3 	168.42
BRM Taylor* 	not out 	                75 	52 	43 	6 	3 	174.41
E Chigumbura 	not out 	                29 	28 	16 	5 	0 	181.25
	Extras 	(b 1, w 1) 	                2 					
	Total 	(2 wickets; 20 overs; 81 mins) 	200 	(10.00 runs per over)

Did not bat: T Taibu†, MN Waller, SW Masakadza, KO Meth, P Utseya, RW Price, KM Jarvis

Fall of wickets: 1-76 (Matsikenyeri, 6.6 ov), 2-121 (H Masakadza, 13.1 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
KD Mills 	4 	0 	40 	0 	10.00 		
MD Bates 	4 	0 	47 	1 	11.75 	(1w) 	
TG Southee 	4 	0 	35 	0 	8.75 		
NL McCullum 	1 	0 	15 	0 	15.00 		
RM Hira 	3 	0 	31 	1 	10.33 		
AM Ellis 	1 	0 	10 	0 	10.00 		
KS Williamson 	2 	0 	16 	0 	8.00 		
RJ Nicol 	1 	0 	5 	0 	5.00 		


New Zealand innings (target: 201 runs from 20 overs) 	
                                                R 	M 	B 	4s 	6s 	SR
RJ Nicol 	c Meth b Chigumbura 	        56 	42 	37 	4 	4 	151.35
JEC Franklin 	run out (Meth) 	                60 	60 	37 	3 	5 	162.16
BB McCullum*† 	c Waller b Jarvis 	        38 	38 	24 	4 	1 	158.33
C de Grandhomme b Chigumbura 	                8 	10 	7 	1 	0 	114.28
NL McCullum 	c Chigumbura b Jarvis 	        5 	11 	6 	0 	0 	83.33
AM Ellis 	not out 	                2 	9 	2 	0 	0 	100.00
KS Williamson 	not out 	                20 	7 	5 	3 	1 	400.00
	Extras 	(b 4, lb 3, w 6) 	        13 					
	Total 	(5 wickets; 19.4 ovs; 91 mins) 	202 	(10.27 runs per over)

Did not bat: KD Mills, RM Hira, MD Bates, TG Southee

Fall of wickets: 1-103 (Nicol, 10.1 ov), 2-142 (Franklin, 14.2 ov), 3-160 (de Grandhomme, 16.4 ov), 
4-180 (BB McCullum, 18.2 ov), 5-180 (NL McCullum, 18.3 ov)

Bowling 	O 	M 	R 	W 	Econ 		
KO Meth 	3 	0 	30 	0 	10.00 	(3w) 	
KM Jarvis 	4 	0 	35 	2 	8.75 		
P Utseya 	4 	0 	38 	0 	9.50 	(1w) 	
RW Price 	4 	0 	39 	0 	9.75 	(2w) 	
SW Masakadza 	1.4 	0 	30 	0 	18.00 		
E Chigumbura 	3 	0 	23 	2 	7.66 		

Match details
Toss: Zimbabwe, who chose to bat
Series: New Zealand won the 2-match series 2-0
T20I debut: AM Ellis (New Zealand)
Player of the match: JEC Franklin (New Zealand)