The second ODI between New Zealand and Zimbabwe is won by the New Zealand team aby 10 wickets after loosing the first game of the series
Batting first Zimbabwe post a low total of 235 at the loss of nine wickets.
Thanks to the century from Sikandar Raza who completed his century from 95 balls including 5 fours and 4 massive sixes. He was the highest run getter while Chamu Chibhabha was the second highest run getter from the Zimbabwe side as he made 42 from 44 balls including six fours.
Contributions from Tinashe Panyangara and Sean williams also helped Zimbabwe to reach a respectable total of 235.
From the part of New Zealand’s bowling Ish Sodhi got 3 wickets while Grant Elliott got 2 wickets from there spells of 10 and 6 overs.
Other bowlers like Nathan Mccullum and Mitchell Mcclenaghan got one wicket each.
Batting second New Zealand achived the target of 236 in 42.2 overs without losing a single wicket because of the centuries from openers Tom Latham and Martin Guptill who made 110 and 116 respectively from 116 and 138 balls.
The unbeaten opening partnership between the two New Zealand openers Latham and Guptill of 236 in 42.2 overs.
Another highlight of the match was the 9th wicket partnership for Zimbabwe of 89 runs between Sikandar Raza and Tinashe Panyangara helped Zimbabwe to reach a respectable total of 235.
Zimbabwe bowlers tried hard but was not able to get even a single wicket and ultimately lost the match by 10 wickets.
Latham: ‘It’s been a long time coming. Finally feels good to get the monkey off the back. We managed to get through the first few overs and then it became slightly easier to bat on. It was a great partnership, happy that we didn’t lose a wicket.’
Guptill: ‘I think anytime you score a hundred you got to be reasonably happy. If you put the ball in the right areas it’s very tough to score in the morning. I am very happy for him (Latham) and very happy with the win.’
Williamson: ‘Obviously a much improved effort. The tone was set early on with the ball. The way the two boys (Guptill and Latham) batted was outstanding. It was still a pretty good wicket. Whatever you do first on this wicket, you got to do well and we bowled well today. You want to improve all the time and we’ve got a newish squad as well. We’ll have a day off and then do a bit of training before the last game.’
Chigumbura: ‘It was a new game today, the way we batted up front was disappointing as we lost too many wickets. I thought 236 was not enough on that wicket. Losing early wickets inside 20 overs makes it very tough. They (New Zealand) played well, didn’t give us any chance. It can happen in cricket. It’s going to be an important game (on Friday) for us, hopefully we’ll do well.’