Wednesday 2 November 2011 

Zimbabwe Check New Zealand's Progress

Zimbabwe Check New Zealand's Progress
Zimbabwe Check New Zealand's Progress
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New Zealand 426 (Guptill 109, Taylor 76) v
Zimbabwe 82-1 (Sibanda 53no)
Only Test, Bulawayo, day two
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Zimbabwe put the brakes on New Zealand on day two of the only Test in Bulawayo, bowling the Black Caps out for 426 and then closing on 82 for one in reply.

New Zealand began the day on 275 for three after a Martin Guptill century on the opening day but any thoughts of a mammoth first innings score were dashed as Zimbabwe hit back with Christopher Mpofu taking four wickets and Ray Price two.

And although they lost the wicket of opener Tinotenda Mawoyo for five, a stabilising partnership of 58 between Sibanda (53 not out) and Hamilton Masakadza (22 not out) steading things for the home side.

The day began brightly for Zimbabwe when Ross Taylor was caught by wicket-keeper Regis Chakabva off Njabulo Ncube without adding to his overnight score of 76.

BJ Watling (39), Dean Brownlie (63) and Daniel Vettori (40) then tilted the balance back in New Zealand's favour to take the score past 400 before Mpofu ripped through the lower order, removing Watling, Vettori, Doug Bracewell (0) and Jeetan Patel (12) to return four for 92.

Price bowled Chris Martin for nought to end New Zealand's innings and complete a spell that saw five wickets fall for just 25 runs in 11 overs and five balls.

Mawoyo then faced 43 balls for his five runs but some early turn saw invited Vettori into the attack early and he struck to remove the right-hander leg before.

Sibanda then hit seven fours en route to his second Test half-century, facing 123 deliveries while Masakadza was also patient, playing out 74 balls to make 22 with one boundary.

© Cricket World 2011

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