Friday 27 January 2012 

Rain And Injury Halt New Zealand's Charge

Rain And Injury Halt New Zealand's Charge
Rain And Injury Halt New Zealand's Charge
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New Zealand 392-5 (Taylor 122, McCullum 83) v Zimbabwe
Only Test, Napier, day two
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Rain played spoilsport on the second day of the only Test between New Zealand and Zimbabwe in Napier as New Zealand closed on 392 for five.

In less than a session's worth of play, they didn't lose a wicket although captain Ross Taylor was taken to hospital for scans on a calf injury after being forced to retire hurt.

He had made 122 in 201 balls when he had to end his innings but New Zealand's dominance continued as BJ Watling became the fourth player in the innings to pass a half-century, making 52 not out, and Doug Bracewell was unbeaten on 11.

Taylor hit 13 fours and two sixes during his innings while Watling also played fluently, itting seven fours in 97 balls.

Brendon McCullum (83) and Martin Guptill (51) also added half-centuries on the opening day with an opening partnership of 124 after they had been invited to bat by Zimbabwe.

© Cricket World 2012

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