zimbabwe-cricket.jpgThe Zimbabwe cricket team will be hoping to rectify the batting frailties that resulted in the 90 run defeat to New Zealand in the first ODI on Friday when the two sides contest the second of a three match series at Cobham Oval in Whangarei on Monday.

Zimbabwe’s woeful batting in the 90 run defeat to New Zealand was a hammer blow to the touring side’s confidence as they were hoping for a morale boosting win following an inning and 301 run defeat in the one off test.

With so much expectation in light of Zimbabwe’s competitiveness in the shorter version of the game, Zimbabwe however disappointed the nation, with captain Brendon Taylor the only silver lining in a dark cloud as the Black Caps enjoyed a stroll in the park.

The Zimbabwe captain spent two months playing in the HRV Cup prior to his side’s arrival, and the experience was evident as he fought a lone battle.

Taylor’s resolute 58 was the only resistance the New Zealand bowlers faced in a miserable showing by the Southern African nation.

The batting shortcomings at the top of the order continue to be Zimbabwe’s achilles heel.

Opening batsmen, Hamilton Masakadza and Stuart Matsikenyeri scored a paltry 7 and 1 respectively while the third batsman, Regis Chakabva managed a measly two runs.

On the bowling front, Zimbabwe however performed reasonably well having dismissed the hosts for 248 in the 49th over.

Shingi Masakadza bagged 4 for 46 from his 9.3 overs while Elton Chigumbura was also effective through the middle overs, taking 2 for 46.

A win for Zimbabwe will level the scores at one-all while defeat will see New Zealand taking an unassailable two-nil lead in the three match series.