zim cricket action.jpgThe Zimbabwe cricket team succumbed to a 9 wicket thumping in the first of 3 One Day Internationals against New Zealand at Harare Sports club this Thursday.

After winning the toss, Captain Brendan Taylor elected to bat.

The hosts were on the back foot from the onset with Vusimuzi Sibanda caught behind from a Doug Bracewell delivery in the 3rd Over after adding only 5 runs to Zimbabwe’s scorecard.

Masakadza soon followed Sibanda to the pavilion for a duck after a good length delivery by Doug Bracewell removed Masakadza’s middle stump making any runs.

Doug Bracewell continued on the rampage with the New Zealand debutant bowler getting rid of opener Chamunorwa Chibhabha, whose edge found the hands of Brendon McCulum after scoring only 6 runs. 

The hosts’ top order continued to collapse with Tatenda Taibu caught at extra cover while attempting to drive.

It was however the 156, 5th wicket partnership featuring Foster Mutizwa and Captain Brenda Taylor that steadied the hosts’ innings.

Despite all the hard work, a rush in blood saw half century maker Foster Mutizwa chasing a delivery well outside off only to find a thin edge that found the hands of Black Caps wicket keeper, Brendan McCullum.

Brendan Taylor’s innings saw him score his 5th ODI hundred.

The wickets however continued to tumble despite a late onslaught which saw Taylor hitting 3 sixes in the 48th over to guide the hosts to 231 runs.

Needing 232 runs to win, New Zealand were ruthless in their reply, with Martin Guptil and Brendan McCulum impressive.

Despite Guptil’s dismissal for 74, the tourists cruised to a 9 wicket victory with another debutant, Rob Nicol ending unbeaten on 108 runs to scoop the Man of the Match Award.

With the third ODI set for Saturday, Zimbabwe’s top order will have to perform while the bowling department will surely need to take more wickets if Allan Butchers charges have any hopes causing an upset.