Player of the Match
Player of the Match
1309dThe Report by Firdose Moonda

New Zealand take charge of Test with 412-run lead

Ross Taylor and BJ Watling took 299 and 172 deliveries respectively to rack up 173* and 107 - their second hundreds against Zimbabwe - and build an advantage New Zealand may have considered unassailable

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

LRPL Taylor
LRPL Taylor
173(299) 19x4 - 0x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot
  • 41 runs
  • 6x4 - 0x6
7 14 14 40 20 13 25 40
SC Williams
SC Williams
119(148) 21x4 - 0x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 27 runs
  • 5x4 - 0x6
6 27 4 11 12 11 14 34

Best performances - Bowlers

N Wagner
O20.5
M8
R41
W6
Eco1.96
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
2W2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
TA Boult
TA Boult
O17
M3
R52
W4
Eco3.05
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W1W

Match Details

Toss

Zimbabwe , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

New Zealand led the 2-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

09.30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.30

Match days

28,29,30,31 July 2016 (5-day match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: M Venkat Raghav | Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu

END OF OVER:
79 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | ZIM: 295/10

  • Michael Chinouya0 (18b)
  • Neil Wagner17-1-62-2
  • Mitchell Santner17-6-32-1

2.06pm: Williams struck the fastest Test ton by a Zimbabwe player, Ervine reached his maiden Test fifty, Cremer had a long stubborn stint at the crease, taking several blows on his body. But, it wasn't enough to make NZ bat again. The hosts, however, showed good application and dug deep after folding for 164 in their first innings.

NZ's quicks will be pleased with the strong outing. Boult bagged four wickets while Wagner three to finish with a match haul of eight wickets. Southee found early swing and then reverse swing with the old ball. All three seamers contributed to the short-ball barrage, with Wagner generating greater pace and bounce on a benign surface. Sodhi and Santner supported them well enough. So, Williamson wins big on Test captaincy debut. In fact, this is NZ's second-biggest win away from home.

Cremer, Zimbabwe captain: I am feeling a little bit stiff. Not too bad [the blows on the body]. The fight was excellent. After the first innings, I thought we were soft. Williams stuck in. But, we din't learn quick enough after the first innings. We probably have ten guys sick in the change room. We may go in for an extra seamer in the next Test. I don't see it [the composition] changing so much.

Williamson, New Zealand captain: Zimbabwe fought very hard with the bat, credit to them. For us the first-innings bowling effort after losing the toss was outstanding, and it put us ahead in the game. The boys enjoyed themselves and they applied themselves.To get the score we did and put Zimbabwe under pressure was outstanding. Looking forward to the next match

Taylor, Man of the Match: I am not quite sure if I deserve it. The bowlers bowled well to put us in this position. Winning Tests, ODIs, and T20s are rewarding. I know Zimbabwe will come at us hard in the second Test. There is definitely room to improve. Going to Heath Streak's farm next.

That is all we have for you from this match. Firdose Moonda's report will sum up the day. Thanks for reading. This is Deivarayan Muthu, signing off on the behalf of Venkat Raghav and Shashank Kishore. Do come back for the second Test, which starts on August 6 at the same venue. Ciao

Vipin: "So, a hundred for Sean but no fifer for Trent"

Gustav Brink: "So each of the last 6 partnerships worth more than the biggest of the top 4! Maybe they should switch the batting order around!"

Praneeth: "If Zimbabwe batted like this in the first innings and bowled a bit better, we could have watched a tighter contest."

zimcricketforum: "It was always going to end this way, but credit to the way Williams (and Cremer) batted for at least not making it a formality in the first session."

78.6
W
Wagner to Tiripano, OUT, Wagner finds the outside edge. Watling snaps it up. NZ wrap up an innings victory, five minutes before tea on the fourth day. Pushed shorter and swings away outside off. Does not bounce much. Tiripano backs away, has an almighty slog, only nick it behind for a simple catch

DT Tiripano c †Watling b Wagner 14 (39m 33b 3x4 0x6) SR: 42.42

78.5
0
Wagner to Tiripano, no run, proper bouncer with extra shoulder, aimed at the helmet, ducked under
78.4
4
Wagner to Tiripano, FOUR, Tiripano wades down the track again, Wagner shortens his length. Yet, this is clouted over midwicket
78.3
0
Wagner to Tiripano, no run, bouncer outside off, does not rise, floats through to the keeper. Tiripano lets it pass harmlessly to Watling
78.2
0
Wagner to Tiripano, no run, full toss on middle and leg, whipped to deep midwicket. Tiripano declines the single on offer
78.1
0
Wagner to Tiripano, no run, full and outside off, driven into the covers

NZ's huge win

1

Number of bigger wins in away Tests for NZ - they won by an innings and 294 in Harare, 2005

Beaten in Bulawayo

6

Consecutive Test defeats for Zimbabwe in Bulawayo; they have lost eight of their last nine Tests here, and their overall record at the ground is 1-12