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NZ post impressive 265/8 in deciding tie

Published: Thursday, October 26, 2000, 3:50 [IST]
 
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Bulawayo: Helped by impressive knocks of 78 and 63 by McMillan and Twose respectively, New Zealand on Sunday gave themselves a good chance of winning the series 2-1 by posting a healthy total of 265 for eight in 50 overs.Opting to make first use of the wicket the Kiwis were off to a brisk start albeit they lost wickets at regular intervals to end up at 78 for three in the 18th over. From there on Twose in the company of McMillan dealt lusty blows in their fourth wicket partnership of 92.

At one point it looked like the two would tear apart the host's attack when Twose hit Viljoen for three consecutive sixes, which was followed by an assault by McMillan. If not for the departure of Twose at a crucial juncture (33rd over at 170) the Kiwis would have fetched themselves 20-30 runs more than what they eventually settled for.

After the exit of Twose, the hosts fought back to marginally restrict the otherwise rocketing Kiwi scoreboard.The other Kiwi batsmen to chip-in were Nathan Astle who made 35 at the top of the innings and Parore who played a useful knock of 30 lower down the order.

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