Monday 17 October 2011 

Openers Star Again As New Zealand Clinch Series

Openers Star Again As New Zealand Clinch Series
Openers Star Again As New Zealand Clinch Series
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New Zealand 187-3 (Guptill 67, B McCullum 64) beat
Zimbabwe 154 (Chibhabha 65) by 34 runs
Second Twenty20 International, Harare

Half-centuries from Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill and then three wickets from Nathan McCullum set up a 34-run win for New Zealand over Zimbabwe in the second Twenty20 International in Harare.

Openers McCullum and Guptill put on 120 for the first wicket as the Black Caps amassed 187 for three before bowling Zimbabwe out for 154.

Rain interrupted New Zealand's innings when they were on 27 not out but they were otherwise virtually unchecked during the course of Guptill's 67 in 46 balls and McCullum's 64 in 37.

Kyle Jarvis dismissed both men before Jesse Ryder added a swift 30 not out in 23 balls and Ross Taylor eight in five as Zimbabwe's bowlers took a hammering in the 18 overs that were bowled due to the rain delay.

Chamu Chibhabha then made 65 in 39 balls and Elton Chugumbura 39 in 22 to give the home side some hope but they failed to bat out the 18 overs as Doug Bracewell also chipped in with three wickets.

Graeme Aldridge and Jacob Oram also took a wicket as New Zealand claimed a 2-0 series win following an emphatic ten-wicket victory in the opening match.

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