Zimbabwe follow on, stare defeat in the eye

Published: Friday, August 4, 2000, 16:30 [IST]
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Harare: New Zealand on Thursday lined themselves up for a clean sweep of the two-Test series when they dismissed Zimbabwe for 166 to gain a huge first innings lead of 299 runs. With two days still left in the match and nine Zimbabwe wickets standing, the home team are up against a marathon vigil and require nothing short of a miracle, barring rain, to pull them off the woods.After initial resistance displayed by the overnight Zimbabwe batsmen, Grant Flower (49) and Stewart Carlisle (31), who put on 75-runs for the second wicket, the rest of the Zimbabwe batsmen crumbled in a heap to leave the home team 299 runs short of the Kiwi's total.

Grant Flower was the only other batsman to manage a score. He compiled 48 runs before falling leg before to McMillian, whose departure witnessed a parade of wickets.O'Connor returned the most successful bowler for the Kiwis with three for 43 while Cairns, McMillan and Astle picked up two apiece.The wickets of Whittall and Grant Flower, scalped by Astle, came as a real bonus for the Kiwi's as he picked up two wickets in good time.Zimbabwe ended the day with six for one, needing a miracle to save the game.

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