Vettori Hands New Zealand The Advantage

Vettori Hands New Zealand The Advantage
Vettori Hands New Zealand The Advantage
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New Zealand 426 (Guptill 109) & 28-2 v
Zimbabwe 313 (Sibanda 93, Vettori 5-70)
Only Test, Bulawayo, day three
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Daniel Vettori took a five-wicket haul as New Zealand opened up a 141-run lead with eight second-innings wickets remaining on day three of the only Test against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo.

Vettori's five for 70 saw Zimbabwe bowled out for 313 in reply to New Zealand's 426 and although the Black Caps then closed on 28 for two, they will be the happier of the two sides.

Zimbabwe began with plenty of work to do on 82 for one and half-centuries from Vusi Sibanda (93), Brendan Taylor (50) and Malcolm Waller (72 not out) kept them in touch.

However, once Regis Chakabva (37) was run out, the lower order folded and the home side lost five wickets for just 24 runs.

The wickets continued to fall when New Zealand batted again as Brendon McCullum was trapped in front by Ray Price for 11 and first-innings centurion Martin Guptill fell for a duck when he was bowled by Kyle Jarvis.

Kane Williamson was unbeaten on 13 while nightwatchman Jeetan Patel had made four.

Sibanda faced 193 deliveries for his runs, forming key partnerships with Hamilton Masakadza (22) and then Taylor, with whom he put on 76 for the third wicket before falling to Dean Brownlie.

Hamilton Masakadza was bowled to become Doug Bracewell's first Test wicket and a Vettori double strike then removed Taylor and Tatenda Taibu (20) within three overs of each other.

Debutants Waller and Chakabva then pushed the score on to 284, and well past the follow-on target, but when Chakabva was run out by Guptil and Reece Young, Zimbabwe's lower order offered little resistance as Chris Martin also returned figures of two for 74.

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