Zimbabwe fold for 132 to give NZ comprehensive 254-run victory

first_img(REUTERS) – Part-time spinners Ish Sodhi and Martin Guptill bagged three wickets each as Zimbabwe folded on the final day of the second Test to hand New Zealand a comprehensive 254-run victory yesterday.New Zealand won the two-match series 2-0 after bowling Zimbabwe out for 132 in their second innings, though the home side were hampered by poor umpiring decisions.Sodhi took 3-19 and Guptill career-best figures of 3-11 as they tore through the Zimbabwe batting line-up after lunch, having set the home side an imposing victory target of 387.“It was a great effort, we knew it was going to be tough to take 20 wickets on this surface,” New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said at the post-match presentation.“Our whole squad is stepping up. It’s causing a few problems but it’s a good problem to have. It’s important we look to improve, we have a big challenge coming up in South Africa.”Zimbabwe resumed on 58 for three in the morning session and batted for 22 overs without losing a wicket, before the first of a number of bad decisions against the home side.Nightwatchman Donald Tiripano (22) had used up 96 deliveries before he was adjudged lbw by Australian umpire Paul Reiffel off the bowling of Mitchell Santner, even though the ball appeared to be missing the leg stump.With no umpire review system being used in the series, the home side were unable to challenge.First-innings centurion Craig Ervine (27) was on the end of another dubious call from Reiffel when he was incorrectly given out caught by wicketkeeper BJ Watling off Guptill.It proved a turning-point as the home side lost their remaining five wickets for 20 runs.Sean Williams (11) was Guptill’s second victim as he smashed a drive to Williamson at short cover, before debutant Peter Moor (one) was plumb lbw to Sodhi.Graeme Cremer (1) got an inside edge on to the pad off Guptill but was given out lbw by Reiffel, before umpire Michael Gough adjudged Prince Masvaure (11) had been caught by Ross Taylor at slip off Sodhi the ball came off his pad only.There could be no complaints but the wicket that finished the game, though, as Michael Chinouya (0) offered a simple catch to Williamson.“We showed fight. I couldn’t ask for anything more,” Zimbabwe skipper Cremer said.“Any cricket for us is really appreciated. We need to be playing more to be more competitive.”New Zealand now head to South Africa for a two-Test series starting in Durban on August 19.NEW ZEALAND 1st innings 582 for 4 decl. (T. Latham 136, R. Taylor 124 n.o., K. Williamson 113, M. Guptill 87, B. Watling 83 n.o.)ZIMBABWE 1st innings 362 (C. Ervine 146, P. Moor 71, C. Chibhabha 60; I. Sodhi 4-60)NEW ZEALAND 2nd innings 166 for 2 decl. (K. Williamson 68 n.o., R. Taylor 67no)ZIMBABWE 2nd innings (Overnight 58-3; Target: 387 runs)T. Mawoyo lbw b Boult 35C. Chibhabha c Guptill b Wagner 21S. Raza lbw b Southee 0D. Tiripano lbw b Santner 22C. Ervine c Watling b Guptill 27P. Masvaure c Taylor b Sodhi 11S. Williams c Williamson b Guptill 11P. Moor lbw b Sodhi 1G. Cremer lbw b Guptill 1J. Nyumbu not out 0M. Chinouya c Williamson b Sodhi 0Extras: (b-1, lb-2) 3Total: (all out, 68.4 overs) 132Fall of wickets: 1-45, 2-58, 3-58, 4-97, 5-112, 6-130, 7-131, 8-132, 9-132.Bowling: T. Southee 14-7-35-1, T. Boult 12-4-26-1, N. Wagner 12-5-23-1, M. Santner 12-4-15-1 I. Sodhi 114-5-19-3, M. Guptill 7-4-11-3.last_img

first_img(REUTERS) – Part-time spinners Ish Sodhi and Martin Guptill bagged three wickets each as Zimbabwe folded on the final day of the second Test to hand New Zealand a comprehensive 254-run victory yesterday.New Zealand won the two-match series 2-0 after bowling Zimbabwe out for 132 in their second innings, though the home side were hampered by poor umpiring decisions.Sodhi took 3-19 and Guptill career-best figures of 3-11 as they tore through the Zimbabwe batting line-up after lunch, having set the home side an imposing victory target of 387.“It was a great effort, we knew it was going to be tough to take 20 wickets on this surface,” New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said at the post-match presentation.“Our whole squad is stepping up. It’s causing a few problems but it’s a good problem to have. It’s important we look to improve, we have a big challenge coming up in South Africa.”Zimbabwe resumed on 58 for three in the morning session and batted for 22 overs without losing a wicket, before the first of a number of bad decisions against the home side.Nightwatchman Donald Tiripano (22) had used up 96 deliveries before he was adjudged lbw by Australian umpire Paul Reiffel off the bowling of Mitchell Santner, even though the ball appeared to be missing the leg stump.With no umpire review system being used in the series, the home side were unable to challenge.First-innings centurion Craig Ervine (27) was on the end of another dubious call from Reiffel when he was incorrectly given out caught by wicketkeeper BJ Watling off Guptill.It proved a turning-point as the home side lost their remaining five wickets for 20 runs.Sean Williams (11) was Guptill’s second victim as he smashed a drive to Williamson at short cover, before debutant Peter Moor (one) was plumb lbw to Sodhi.Graeme Cremer (1) got an inside edge on to the pad off Guptill but was given out lbw by Reiffel, before umpire Michael Gough adjudged Prince Masvaure (11) had been caught by Ross Taylor at slip off Sodhi the ball came off his pad only.There could be no complaints but the wicket that finished the game, though, as Michael Chinouya (0) offered a simple catch to Williamson.“We showed fight. I couldn’t ask for anything more,” Zimbabwe skipper Cremer said.“Any cricket for us is really appreciated. We need to be playing more to be more competitive.”New Zealand now head to South Africa for a two-Test series starting in Durban on August 19.NEW ZEALAND 1st innings 582 for 4 decl. (T. Latham 136, R. Taylor 124 n.o., K. Williamson 113, M. Guptill 87, B. Watling 83 n.o.)ZIMBABWE 1st innings 362 (C. Ervine 146, P. Moor 71, C. Chibhabha 60; I. Sodhi 4-60)NEW ZEALAND 2nd innings 166 for 2 decl. (K. Williamson 68 n.o., R. Taylor 67no)ZIMBABWE 2nd innings (Overnight 58-3; Target: 387 runs)T. Mawoyo lbw b Boult 35C. Chibhabha c Guptill b Wagner 21S. Raza lbw b Southee 0D. Tiripano lbw b Santner 22C. Ervine c Watling b Guptill 27P. Masvaure c Taylor b Sodhi 11S. Williams c Williamson b Guptill 11P. Moor lbw b Sodhi 1G. Cremer lbw b Guptill 1J. Nyumbu not out 0M. Chinouya c Williamson b Sodhi 0Extras: (b-1, lb-2) 3Total: (all out, 68.4 overs) 132Fall of wickets: 1-45, 2-58, 3-58, 4-97, 5-112, 6-130, 7-131, 8-132, 9-132.Bowling: T. Southee 14-7-35-1, T. Boult 12-4-26-1, N. Wagner 12-5-23-1, M. Santner 12-4-15-1 I. Sodhi 114-5-19-3, M. Guptill 7-4-11-3.last_img

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