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New Zealand on track for victory after late wickets

Both Kane Williamson (left) and Ross Taylor (right) accelerated in the final session.
Both Kane Williamson (left) and Ross Taylor (right) accelerated in the final session.
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New Zealand 582-4 dec & 166-2 dec (Williamson 68no) v
Zimbabwe 362 & 58-3 (Mawoyo 35)
Second Test, day four, Bulawayo

New Zealand pacers struck late in the day to reduce Zimbabwe to 58 for three at stumps on the fourth day after setting a target of 387 runs in the second Test in Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe started the day at 305 for six, still trailing New Zealand's first innings total by 277 runs. After playing out five continuous maiden overs, Craig Ervine (146) smashed a couple of boundaries in the 126th over, but Zimbabwe lost Graeme Cremer (8) in the next over.

However, Zimbabwe managed to add 43 more runs only with Ervine the last man to be dismissed, four runs short of a 150. They were bowled out for 362, thereby conceding a 220-run lead to the Black Caps. Ish Sodhi (4-60) was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers.

New Zealand decided not to enforce the follow-on. Martin Guptill (11) and Tom Latham (13) played cautiously to take New Zealand to six for naught at lunch.

The pair adopted the aggressive approach in the second session and scored two boundaries and a six combined in three deliveries. However, the duo fell in successive overs leaving New Zealand at 26 for two.

Kane Williamson (68 not out) and Ross Taylor (67 not out) weathered the early storm and soon reached their 50-run stand in 87 deliveries. The New Zealand skipper reached his half-century off 85 deliveries as New Zealand reached 118 for two, going into tea with a lead of 338 runs.

In the final session, the pair went berserk scoring 47 runs in just four overs to take the total to 166 for two before the declaration came. In the process, Taylor reached another score of over fifty in the series while also bringing the 100-run stand with Williamson. 387 was the target set for Zimbabwe in the final innings.

The Zimbabwe openers saw out 16 overs in the second innings without losing a wicket but the 45-run stand came to an end when Neil Wagner (1-21) had Chamu Chibhabha (21) LBW.

Just when Tino Mawoyo (35) looked good, New Zealand ended the day on the high by dismissing him and Sikandar Raza (0) in the last two overs of the day leaving Zimbabwe reeling at 58 for three.

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