New Zealand 582/4 (Declared) & 166/2 (Declared)
Zimbabwe 362 & 132
New Zealand won by 254 runs
If someone wants to summarize this one test match then he can just say that five wickets in 45 minutes and New Zealand won the game. It was unexpected or may be ‘Injustice’ for the Zimbabweans.
In terms of the Test, a much much better effort from Zimbabwe, put up stiffer resistance, fought hard, but the story after lunch was a rather sad effort. Some soft dismissals, some tough decisions.
In the first innings New Zealand put up a score of 582; which was a big ask for Zimbabwe. But they actually fought well to avoid the follow on.
For New Zealand it was a great display of batting from Guptill, Latham, Williamson, Taylor and Watling. All of them made it look so easy to bat on a surface like this.
In the first innings three Kiwi batsmen scored the three figures. Apart from top scorer Latham (136), it was skipper Williamson and Ross Taylor who made the magical figure.
In the bowling New Zealand kept the dominance going on; Ish Sodi picked up 4 wickets on the other hand Wagner and Santner got two wickets each.
But it was Craig Ervine who fought for Zimbabwe; he scored 146 runs which helped them to avoid the follow on. He was the lone ranger for his team.
In the second innings New Zealand declared their innings on 166 runs after skipper Williamson and Ross Taylor reached to their half centuries respectively.
Though it was felt that Zimbabwe might have a chance in this match; but the chance was blown away after a dramatic collapse of their batting after the lunch in the final day.
The top scorer for Zimbabwe in the second innings was opener Mawoyo, who scored 35 runs. Apart from him Chibhabha scored 21 runs.
This time Ervine couldn’t stick around in the crease as he only managed to make 27 runs. But 5 wickets in 45 minutes, summed up all the equation for Zimbabwe.
What can be a day for them turned out to be a saddest day for them. Its the Kiwis who won the series as well; the effort of Zimbabwe was faded away.