Sean Williams along with a determined Graeme Cremer made New Zealand sweat hard on the fourth day with a 118-run stand but the Black Caps bounced back well in the second session to bowl out Zimbabwe for 295 and claim an innings victory in the first Test in Bulawayo.
An unbeaten 173 from Ross Taylor and a century from BJ Watling boosted New Zealand to 576 for six before a triple strike from Trent Boult left Zimbabwe reeling at 121 for five in the second innings, still trailing the visitors by 291 runs at the end of day three of the first Test in Bulawayo.
Tom Latham struck a classy 105 while Kane Williamson chipped in with a knock of 91 runs to take New Zealand to 315 for four by the end of the second day’s play of the first Test in Bulawayo, putting the visitors ahead by 151 runs.
A comprehensive bowling display by New Zealand bowled Zimbabwe A out for 173 runs in the second innings after setting a target of 433 runs to secure a massive 259-run win on the third day of the tour match in Harare.
Led by early strikes by the pace bowlers and a four-wicket haul by Ish Sodhi, New Zealand dismissed Zimbabwe A for 114 runs in 49.5 overs and went on to post 154 for four in the second innings to claim a lead of 385 runs by the end of the second day of the tour game in Harare.
The chief executive officer of New Zealand Cricket David White has expressed that the board is in full support of the proposed revamp of the structure of Test cricket which introduces a two-tier system.
Bisma Ahmed reports from Harare, where cricket continues as normal despite significant political unrest in the country as Zimbabwe prepare to host New Zealand - with the tour set to go ahead as scheduled.
Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, who is representing the Trinbago Knight Riders in the 2016 Caribbean Premier League feels that playing in Trinidad is going to be an amazing experience for him.