Zimbabwe collapse hands advantage to Kiwis
New Zealand took 9 wickets in the space of 9 overs as the Kiwis fought back after Zimbabwe had scored 54 runs during the power play over to take control of the game needing just 85 for victory.
Zimbabwe got off to a positive start with openers Tatenda Taibu and Hamilton Masakadza enjoying a solid against the spin of Nathan McCullum.
Despite suffering a disappointing defeat against Sri Lanka yesterday the openers started in a positive manner with Masakadza fidning the boundary from third ball of the innings.
The pair’s partnership proved useful but before they could progress any further Jacob Oram struck to remove Taibu (21). The opener miss judge a perfect slow bouncer and after playing his shot too early the ball was hit up in the air to Tim Southee at square leg.
The loss of Taibu wasn’t a major concern for Zimbabwe thanks to Masakadza who continued his good start to help Zimbabwe reach 54-1 after the first six overs.
After winning the toss the pressure was now on the Kiwis; Zimbabwe were full of confidence having scored a formidable 54 runs during the power play overs but New Zealand fought back as Zimbabwe’s middle order collapse.
The turning point in the game was the wicket Masakadza; having reached 20 the opener was full of confidence playing freely but when he was run out by Oram New Zealand quickly took control of the game.
At this point Zimbabwe had been reduced to 58-2 after 6.4 overs. However Andy Blignaut (8), Elton Chigumbura (3), Charles Coventry (0) and Craig Ervine (1) all followed in the space of 11 balls to reduce Zimbabwe to 63-6.
Greg Lamb (14) offered some resistant’s as he halted the slide temporarily but the same couldn’t be said for his teammates as Timycen Maruma (4), Graeme Creamer (0), Prosper Utseya (2) and Ray Price (2) were all dismissed tamely to leave Zimbabwe 84 all out.
After such a good start, Zimbabwe had no answer to the slow bowling of McCullum, Daniel Vettori and Scott Styris collapsing in the space of 10 overs scoring on 26 runs to leave New Zealand on the verge of the Super Eights.