Ahmedabad, March 4: What was perceptibly a fairly evenly-matched encounter is turning out to be another one-sided affair. In their Group A encounter at Ahmedabad, New Zealand bowled out Zimbabwe for 162 runs in 46.2 overs. Speedster Tim Southee took three wickets while Kyle Mills as well as off-spinner Daniel Vettori picked up 2 wickets each as they ripped through most of the top and middle order. Only opener Brendon Taylor, with 44, and latter-order batsman Proper Utseya, with 36, kept the innings going.
Zimbabwe's innings commenced on a shaky note. In just the second over, Charles Coventry was run out for a duck, courtesy a direct throw form Hamish Bennett. Tantenda Taibu, who scored 98 against Canada couldn't further his good form and was trapped in front by Tim Southee for 8 as the score read 27/2 in 7.4 overs.
Another hero of the previous match, Craig Ervine, wasn't able to add much to the scoreboard either and perished to Kyle Mills for 11 with Zimbabwe in trouble at 42/3. Just three runs later, captain Elton Chigumbura was out lbw to Vettori and on the same score, Regis Chakabva departed to the same bowler, for a duck.
Then surviving opener Brendon Taylor and Greg Lamb took their side past 50 and a put on a desperate 40 runs before Scott Styris trapped Taylor in front for 44. Just three overs and three runs later, Lamb was run out thanks to some sharp work by Martin Guptill and Vettori . The batsman was on his way for 18 and Zimbabwe were 89/7.
Graeme Creme and Prosper Utseya put on a gritty 33 runs to take Zimbabwe past 100. But Mills returned to have Cremer caught behind for 22 with the score now at 122/8. Utseya and Ray Price helped bring up Zimbabwe's 150 in around the 41st over, before Southee got rid of Price for 11, through an lbw. Finally, Southee brought Utseya's last stand to an end by bowling him for 36. Zimbabwe were all out for 162 in 46.2 overs.