Zimbabwe Struggle Against New Zealand

Zimbabwe Struggle Against New Zealand
Zimbabwe Struggle Against New Zealand
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New Zealand 426 & 252-8 dec. (Taylor 76) v
Zimbabwe 313 & 61-2 (Bracewell 2-17)
Only Test, Bulawayo, day four
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Zimbabwe face an uphill struggle to save the only Test against New Zealand after being reduced to 61 for two at the close of day four in Bulawayo.

The fall of their second wicket - that of Hamilton Masakadza for 19 - signalled the end of the day's play during which New Zealand declared their second innings on 252 for eight to set Zimbabwe 366 to win.

Kane Williamson (68) and Ross Taylor (74) scored half-centuries before Kyle Jarvis took five for 64 but the late dismissals of Vusi Sibanda and Masakadza ensured it was New Zealand's day.

New Zealand lost nightwatchman Jeetan Patel to Jarvis early on for nine before Williamson and Taylor added 119 for the fourth wicket in a partnership that changed the context of the game.

Jarvis trapped both men in front and bowled Dean Brownlie (9) to record a his maiden five-wicket haul before Ray Price had BJ Watling caught by Brendan Taylor for three to boost Zimbabwe in the afternoon session.

However, Daniel Vettori's 31 and 35 not out from Reece Young increased New Zealand's lead before the declaration gave them just under a session to bowl at Zimbabwe before stumps.

They used it well, Doug Bracewell trapping Sibanda leg before for 13 and then having Masakadza caught by Brownlie for 19.

Tinotenda Mawoyo was unbeaten on 27 at the end of the day.

Martin Guptill's century on the opening day helped New Zealand score 426 in their first innings while Daniel Vettori took a five-wicket haul when Zimbabwe were dismissed for 313 in reply.

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