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New Zealand won by 10 wickets.

New Zealand vs Zimbabwe

Commentary

Last Updated: March 4, 2011 10:03am

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    Result: NZ win by 10 wickets

    New Zealand bounce back from their loss against Australia as they hammer Zimbabwe by 10 wickets. Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill never looked in trouble as they chased down 163. The bowlers set the victory up though with some disciplined bowler. Zimbabwe didn't help their cause with poor cricket. This victory almost ends Zim's hopes of qualifying for the quarter-final while NZ should go onto the next stage now. Thank you for your company.

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    Over 34 Panyangara 0-0-4

    166-0 - Panyangara will bowl the final over of this game. He delays the inevitable with a bouncer. There it is as Guptill goes over midwicket for four.

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    Over 33 Lamb 1-1-4-0-0-1

    162-0 - Greg Lamb is back in the attack. This could be the final over with just eight more needed for victory. Guptill slashes it away for four. Just two more needed. The scores are tied as Guptill takes one to long-on.

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    Over 32 Panyangara 6-1-0-0-1-0

    155-0 - The ball sits up and McCullum says 'thank you very much' as he goes over the square leg fence for six. Only 10 more runs to go.

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    Over 31 Cremer 0-1-1-1-1-1

    147-0 - This is a bit of a yawn fest at the moment.

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    Over 30 Panyangara 1-nb+1-0-0-1-1

    142-0 - Panyangara comes back into the attack. This could be over in an over or so as he took some tap earlier. He oversteps the popping crease and Guptill fails to take advantage of the free-hit. Big heave-ho for nothing.

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    Over 29 Cremer 1-0-4-1-1-0

    137-0 - McCullum looks to step things up as he cracks it down the ground for a boundary.

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    Over 28 Chigumbura 1-1-1-0-0-1

    130-0 - The target is now below 40. Will they do it in singles or will they go all out now? It's singles for now. Guptill calls his partner through for a risky one, but the bowler can't kick it onto the stumps.

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    Over 27 Cremer 1-4-0-1-0-0

    126-0 - Graeme Cremer will continue as New Zealand continue their march towards victory. They only need another 43 runs. McCullum steps up the gas by going down the ground for four.

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    Over 26 Chigumbura 1-1-1-4-1-1

    120-0 - McCullum goes aerial through midwicket, but the man on the fence takes the ball on the bounce. McCullum goes to his 50 off 74, 4x4, 1x6 with a four down the ground.

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    Over 25 Cremer 0-1-0-0-1-1

    111-0 - Chigumbura is keeping the slip in. Well, he's being forced to keep a man there. Nelson comes on the board as Guptill and McCullum milk three singles through the midwicket region.

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    Over 24 Chigumbura wd-4-1-1-1-0-0

    108-0 - Elton Chigumbura needs a wicket so he decides to bring himself into the attack. After starting with a wide he bowls a half volley which Guptill puts away through the covers. Productive over for the Kiwis without much effort.

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    Over 23 Cremer 0-1-4-1-0-0

    100-0 - Things are really not going Zimbabwe's way. Cremer gets an outside edge as Guptill plays well away from his body, but it goes wide of slip for four. The 100 comes up which means Zimbabwe need just another 63 to win.

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    Over 22 Lamb 1-0-1-0-0-0

    94-0 - Guptill gets a single through cover to go to his 50 off 68b, 3x4, 3x6. Just what the doctored ordered for Guptill and the Kiwis. Guptill takes one on the pads and there's a big appeal, but the umpire turns it down. Zimbabwe refer it, why not?, but it's not out.

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    Over 21 Cremer 4-1-1-1-2-1

    92-0 - This game and probably the tournament is over for Zimbabwe. They still have games against Pakistan and Kenya to come, but you can't see them qualifying for the quarter-final. A reverse sweep brings Guptill a boundary.

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    Over 20 Lamb 1-0-0-1-1-0

    82-0 - Zimbabwe's bowlers have managed to bring the run rate down, but with an asking rate of under three, that's never going to win them the game.

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    Over 19 Cremer 1-0-0-0-0-0

    79-0 - Apologies. Greg Lamb was the man to come into the attack earlier. Cremer Cremer is only coming on now. The field is spread and there are runs everywhere. It's just about picking your spot.

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    Over 18 Lamb 1-0-0-0-0-1

    78-0 - It's pretty boring cricket at the moment, to be honest. Not much to say as they are picking off the singles.

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    Over 17 Utseya 1-1-0-1-1-1

    76-0 - Zimbabwe are starting to run of options here as the milking of singles off the spinners continues.

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    Over 16 Lamb 0-0-0-1-2-1

    72-0 - Price won't bowl out as Greg Lamb comes into the attack. The target is below the 100 mark after that big over from Utseya. McCullum gets it between short fine leg and square leg for a couple.

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Match Details

Date
4th Mar 2011
Toss
Venue
Sardar Patel (Gujarat) Stadium, Ahmedabad
Umpires
Aleem Dar and M Erasmus

new zealand BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Guptill not out 86
McCullum not out 76
Extras 2nb, 1w, 1lb 4
Total Close, 33.3 Overs 166 - 0
Full Batting Card

zimbabwe BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Panyangara 5.3 0 42 0
Price 7 0 23 0
Utseya 6 0 23 0
Lamb 5 0 18 0
Cremer 7 0 38 0
Chigumbura 3 0 21 0
Full Bowling Card