Guptill And McCullum Take New Zealand To Easy Win
Openers Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum scored unbeaten half-centuries as New Zealand cruised to a ten-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in their Cricket World Cup Group A match in Ahmedabad.
Zimbabwe's top order failed to fire before as they were dismissed for 162 and the modest target proved to be no problem for New Zealand, who raced home in just 33.3 overs.
Opener Brendan Taylor made 45 but it was not until Prosper Utseya (36) came to the crease at number eight that Zimbabwe began to recover from a flurry of wickets.
Tim Southee (3-29), Kyle Mills (2-29) and Daniel Vettori (2-25) kept the pressure on and on a pitch where runs were not coming easily, Zimbabwe struggled.
Taylor played fluently, facing 57 deliveries and hitting four fours before the clatter of wickets left Zimbabwe reeling at 46 for five.
Utseya, who faced 65 balls, combined with 22 from Graeme Cremer and 11 from Ray Price, hauled their side up to a modest, but respectable total.
Scott Styris was the other New Zealander to pick up a wicket.
Guptill then made his way to 86 not out in 108 deliveries with McCullum unbeaten on 76 in 95 balls. Both men drove fluently and were able to pick runs off the spinners easily.
Guptill hit seven fours and two sixes with McCullum striking six fours and two sixes as New Zealand scored their second win of the competition.
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