NZ openers finish off Zimbabwe

Published: Friday, March 4, 2011, 17:45 [IST]
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Ahmedabad, March 4: New Zealand made light work of chasing down Zimbabwe's paltry total of 162 all out with openers Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum taking their side home with 10 wickets and 16.3 overs to spare. Tinashe Panyangara was the most expensive bowler in the match, going for 42 runs off 5.3 overs. Earlier in the day, New Zealand was top-notch with the ball and in the field, seamers Tim Southee and Kyle Mills taking 5 wickets between them and Daniel Vettori pitching in with a couple.

NZ openers finish off Zimbabwe

Guptill got the Kiwi innings off to a blazing start, smashing Panyangara for two fours and a six in the first over itself. But while off-spinner Ray Price succeeded in containing the batsman a bit, Guptill launched Panyangara for another six in the 5th over to take the score to 29/0.

Having taken the batting powerplay in the 10th over, the duo at the crease each took a four off Price in the 12th over, as the score rolled over 50. Then they settled into a routine of taking singles and twos till in the 23rd over, Guptill brought up his side's 100 by smacking a four off leg-break Graeme Cremer.

Then in the 31st over, McCulum lofted Panyangara for another maxuimum to bring up the Kiwis' 150. Then Guptill knocked a four off slow-left-armer Greg Lamb and finished off the match with a boundary off Panyangara in the 34th over. New Zeladn had won by 10 wickets with 99 balls remaining.

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