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Guptill, Sodhi bowl New Zealand to 2-0 clean sweep

Martin Guptill (centre) picked three wickets in the second innings for New Zealand.
Martin Guptill (centre) picked three wickets in the second innings for New Zealand.
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New Zealand 582-4 dec & 166-2 dec (Williamson 68no) beat
Zimbabwe 362 & 132 (Mawoyo 35) by 254 runs
Second Test, day five, Bulawayo

Ish Sodhi and Martin Guptill shared six wickets equally between them as New Zealand completed a 2-0 clean sweep after bowling Zimbabwe out for 132 runs in the second innings and secured a massive 254-run victory on the fifth day of the second Test in Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe began their innings on the overnight score of 58 for three. For the majority of the first session, Craig Ervine (27) and Donald Tiripano (22) resisted from playing the big shots and saw out the overs with a diligent approach.

The pair offered resistance for 22.2 overs before Tiripano was trapped LBW by Mitchell Santner (1-15) in the 48th over.

Ervine also fell at the stroke of lunch to Guptill (3-11), leaving Zimbabwe in a spot of bother at 112 for five at the end of the first session.

Five overs into the second session, New Zealand struck twice in two overs to remove Sean Williams (11) and Peter Moor (1). Williams was caught at short coveroff Guptill while Moor was trapped LBW by Sodhi (3-19).

Four overs later, Graeme Cremer (1) was given out LBW against Guptill, even though the replays indicated an inside edge. This three-wicket haul was Guptill’s best bowling figures in Test cricket.

The end came swiftly for Zimbabwe as in the very next over, Sodhi dismissed Prince Masvaure (11) and Michael Chinouya (0) in the space of three balls bringing the curtains down on the innings.

Zimbabwe were bowled out for 132 runs and New Zealand wrapped up a 2-0 clean sweep with a 254-run victory.

Kane Williamson was the man of the match. For picking up 11 wickets in the two Tests, Wagner was picked as the man of the series.

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