Records galore

The New Zealand team celebrate their victory

 

Zimbabwe fans were stunned as their side were crushed by an innings and 301 runs, their largest margin of defeat, after a dominant New Zealand performance at Napier.

New Zealand, who only batted once in the only test match of the series, made a dazzling starting partnership of 124 runs with openers Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill both making half centuries.

The hosts continued their offensive thanks to centuries made by both Ross Taylor, 122 runs, and wicketkeeper Bradley Watling, 102.

McCullum, who was the stand in skipper for this match, was extremely pleased with Watling’s performance throughout the match, said: “You couldn’t ask for more. The most pleasing aspect was the catch he took to finish the game, having batted for such a long period as well.”

Zimbabwe in reply toppled as they attempted to top New Zealand’s 495 runs in order to make them bat for a second inning.

New Zealand’s bowlers provided an all round bowling extravaganza as Zimbabwe limped to 51 all out.

In their second inning the tourists didn’t fare much better as they were bundled out for 143, with Regis Chakabva making the only decent score of 63.

New Zealand’s opening bowler Chris Martin toyed with the Zimbabwean batsmen as he snapped up six wickets, while giving away a meagre 26 runs, a personal best in his test match career.

Martin said: “The pitch actually quickened up a wee bit over the course of the match. I’m definitely more of a bounce bowler, so I enjoyed the bounce and pace in it.”

With the comprehensive victory in the test series, the hosts look to continue their blazing streak in the ODI series, with the first ODI being held in Dunedin on the 3rd of February.

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