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Neil Wagner six-fer flattens Zimbabwe on day one

Neil Wagner troubled the Zimbabwe batsmen with pace and bounce on day one.
Neil Wagner troubled the Zimbabwe batsmen with pace and bounce on day one.
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Zimbabwe 164 (Tiripano 49no) v
New Zealand 32-0 (Latham 16no)
First Test, day one, Bulawayo

Neil Wagner took a six-wicket haul as New Zealand bowled Zimbabwe out for 164 runs in the first innings and proceeded to knock 32 runs off the deficit on the first day of the first Test in Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe were in a precarious situation at 72 for eight, but an 85-run stand for the ninth wicket between Prince Masvaure and Donald Tiripano provided some respite.

Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to bat first. They lost Brian Chari (4) in the very first over, caught in the slip cordon off Tim Southee (2-28).

A 31-run stand between Chamu Chibhabha (15) and Hamilton Masakadza (15) lasted for 16.2 overs before New Zealand struck twice in two overs.

Masakadza chipped a return catch to Mitchell Santner (2-16) in the 18th over while Sean Williams (1) holed out to midwicket in the next.

Sikandar Raza (22) and Craig Ervine (13) safely saw the remaining overs in the session, taking Zimbabwe to 49 for four at lunch.

Five overs into the second session, Ervine attempted to up the ante by coming down the track but he was stumped.

In the next over, Wagner struck thrice to see the back of Raza, Regis Chakabva (0) and Graeme Cremer (0), reducing Zimbabwe to 72 for eight by the end of the 33rd over, while also completing his five-wicket haul.

However, Masvaure (42) and Tiripano (49 not out) began to settle down cautiously and thwarted the New Zealand bowling attack, taking the team to 120 for eight at the tea break.

The final session began with Masvaure and Tiripano bringing up their 50-run stand. The partnership was finally broken by Southee, who trapped Masvaure LBW in the 75th over.

Two overs later, Wagner ended the Zimbabwe innings at 164 runs by castling Michael Chinouya (1).

In the 10 overs that Martin Guptill (14 not out) and Tom Latham (16 not out) faced, they managed to score 32 for naught without any hiccups and reduced New Zealand’s deficit to 132 runs at stumps on day one.

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