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.
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.
Zimbabwe ran India close in a chase of 139 runs but fell short by four runs as the visitors kept their nerve to clinch the series 2-1 with a closely fought three-run victory in the third Twenty20 International in Harare.
After a comprehensive bowling effort led by Barinder Sran’s four-wicket haul, the Indian openers chased down a target of 100 runs in just 13.1 overs and stormed back to level the series 1-1 with a comprehensive 10-wicket win against Zimbabwe in the second Twenty20 International in Harare.