New Zealand 160-3 (Guptill 91no, Williamson 48) beat
Zimbabwe 159-8 (Masakadza 53) by seven wickets
First Twenty20 International, Auckland
Martin Guptill blasted an unbeaten 91 in 54 balls to guide New Zealand to a seven-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the opening Twenty20 International in Auckland.
Hamilton Masakadza had scored a half-century as Zimbabwe posted 159 for eight but New Zealand raced to victory in just 16.5 overs.
Masakadza cracked 53 in 33 balls, hitting three fours and three sixes and after Elton Chigumbura hammered 48 in 24 deliveries, Zimbabwe had a competitive score.
Michael Bates returned three for 31 and Kyle Mills two for 32.
Guptill proceed to smash the Zimbabwe bowlers to all parts with five fours and six sixes carrying his side home to a comprehensive victory.
He was aided by Kane Williamson who made 48 in 38 deliveries.
Kyle Jarvis took the wickets of Rob Nicol (12) and Brendon McCullum (0) as Zimbabwe briefly made a game of things before New Zealand made it five wins in a row following convincing victories in the only Test and all three One-Day Internationals.
The second and final Twenty20 International is in Hamilton on 14th February.
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