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Comprehensive New Zealand dominate with bat in tour game

Comprehensive New Zealand dominate with bat in tour game
Martin Guptill top scored for New Zealand with 74.
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New Zealanders 345-7 (Guptill 74) v Zimbabwe A
Tour Match, day one, Harare

Fifties from Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling and Ish Sodhi powered New Zealand to a total of 345 for seven in 90 overs on the first day of the tour match against Zimbabwe A in Harare.

New Zealand won the toss and opted to bat first. After a brief opening stand, New Zealand lost Tom Latham (24) in the 14th over.

Guptill (74) batted well and dealt in boundaries as brought up a 74-ball fifty. Along with Jeet Raval (30), Guptill took New Zealand to lunch with the score at 111 for one.

Raval failed to capitalise on his start and fell early in the second session and Guptill soon followed suit.
However, a 122-run stand between Nicholls (52) and Watling (61) prevented a middle order collapse. At tea, New Zealand were positioned at 192 for three.

In the final session, Watling brought up his fifty in 84 balls while Nicholls completed the landmark in 93 deliveries. Soon, Watling and Nicholls retired while Luke Ronchi (0) fell for a duck.

Mitchell Santner (32) played a brief knock before retiring out as well. Sodhi (54 not out) scored at a brisk pace and completed his fifty from just 66 balls.

Along with Tim Southee (7 not out), Sodhi took New Zealand to 345 for seven at stumps on day one.

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