Ervine spearheads Zimbabwe fightback with maiden Test ton

Craig Ervine scored an unbeaten 115 for Zimbabwe on day three.
Craig Ervine scored an unbeaten 115 for Zimbabwe on day three.
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New Zealand 582-4 dec (Latham 136) v
Zimbabwe 305-6 (Ervine 115no)
Second Test, day three, Bulawayo

A spirited unbeaten ton from Craig Ervine led Zimbabwe’s fightback as the hosts scored 305 for six by the end of the third day of the second Test against New Zealand in Bulawayo, bringing the deficit down to 277 runs.

Zimbabwe resumed on the overnight score of 55 for naught. Chamu Chibhabha (60) survived a tight LBW appeal in the very first over.

In the sixth over of the day, Tim Southee (1-64) broke the 65-run opening stand by castling Tino Mawoyo (26).

Chibhabha completed his fifty in the 44th over but Sikandar Raza (3) failed to get going and was caught at gully an over later.

Ervine (115 not out) received an early reprieve when Ross Taylor dropped a straightforward chance in the 51st over.

At the stroke of lunch, Chibhabha was sent back to the hut, thanks to an excellent catch from Kane Williamson in the covers. At lunch, Zimbabwe were placed at 107 for three.

Early in the second session, Prince Masvaure (2) was bowled by Mitchell Santner (2-102).

Ervine and Sean Williams (16) shared a brief 32-run stand before the latter was trapped LBW by Ish Sodhi (2-41) in the 75th over.

Peter Moor (71) joined hands with Ervine and safely saw Zimbabwe to 185 for five at tea. The third session began with Ervine completing his fifty, soon after which came the fifty-run stand.

Ervine and Moor shifted gears and began to up the ante as Zimbabwe crossed the 200-run mark. In the 98th over, Moor brought up a 75-ball fifty on debut.

Ervine completed his maiden Test hundred off 179 balls. Five overs prior to the end of the day’s play, Moor holed out to midwicket, bringing an end to a brilliant 148-run stand for the sixth wicket with Ervine.

Graeme Cremer (2 not out) and Ervine saw out the remaining overs safely and took Zimbabwe to 305-6 from 120 overs at stumps on day three.

The hosts still trail New Zealand by 277 runs with four wickets in hand.

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