Zimbabwe Require Partnerships to End Test against Kiwis in a Draw

August 10 15:30 2016

kiwisNew Delhi, Wednesday, August 10 – The 2nd and final Test match between New Zealand and Zimbabwe has turned interesting after the visitors declared second innings at a score of 166 for the loss of two wickets. The vibes at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo was completely different a day ago after the hosts showed some hope that pocketing a victory may come into the picture.

Here is to remind that Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain, won the toss and invited Zimbabwe to bowl first. New Zealand went with Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Martin Guptill, BJ Watling, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Martin Guptill, Neil Wagner and Trent Boult who proved their selection right by performing to the best of their abilities. They, in fact, would have made Matt Henry, Mark Craig, Luke Ronchi, Jeet Raval and Doug Bracewell learn a lot by seeing.

Graeme Cremer-led squad looked good having Tino Mawoyo, Craig Ervine, Prince Masvaure, Chamu Chibhabha, Sikandar Raza, Peter Moor, Donald Tiripano, John Nyumbu, Michael Chinouya and Sean Williams.  The players on bencg were Brian Chari, Regis Chakabva, Taurai Muzarabani, Richmond Mutumbami, N Ncube and Hamilton Masakadza. The hosts wished to perform better than opening Test this time. The win of an innings and 117 runs on Zimbabwe in the first Test, which held lately, was adequate to boost morale of the Kiwis. The psychological pressure was on Zimbabweans and the rivals made best use of it. If match facts of the ground is to be told then the average first inning score is 300, average second inning score is 412, average third inning score is 205 and average fourth inning score is 169.  New Zealand batted well in 1st innings, scoring 582 runs for the loss of four wickets in 150 overs.

The good start was thanks to Martin Guptill and Tom Latham as the two stitched a partnership of 169 runs, making Zimbabwe wait for long to get a breakthrough. Guptill knock of 87 runs, with 11 fours and a biggie, was impressive. Latham was successful in leaving an impression with an innings of 136 runs. Kane Williamson scored 113 runs, which included 10 4s as well. Ross Taylor attained 124 runs in sheer brilliance. BJ Watling also scored 83 runs in 142. The Black Caps easily managed take a grip in the 2nd Test. Zimbabwe eyed strong partnerships from the start. Tino Mawoyo scored 26 runs, along with five fours. Chamu Chibhabha scored 60 runs, including nine 4s. Peter Moor was striking since he scored 71 runs facing 125 deliveries. His innings was studded with 11 fours. But the one player who made Zimbabwe innings get some stability was Craig Ervine who resumed his batting at 115 runs a day ago and managed to get 146 runs.  His knock included 18 fours and a six.

Graeme Cremer lost his wicket early yesterday and scored 8 runs. Donald Tiripano was lbw by Wagner at 3 runs, while John Nyumbu was out by Ish Sodhi at a score of 8. Ervine was the last man dismissed. Michael Chinouya was not out at a zero. A total of 362 runs was put by the Zimbabwe. 19 extras were bowled by the Kiwis. Sodhi ended with four wickets in his pocket. Santner and Wagner got two wickets each, while Southee and Boult got one wicket each.  Guptill bowled one over and did not get any wicket. The Kiwis did not have a wonderful start as compared to before since Martin Guptill was dismissed by Chinouya  at 11 runs (4 x 2) and Tom Latham by Donald Tiripano at 13 runs (4 x 1 and 6 x 1). Kane Williamson was not out at 68 runs, which consisted of six fours and Ross Taylor at 67 runs, with four 4s and three sixes, when Kiwis decided to declare innings and gave Zimbabwe an early chance to bat.

Indisputably, objective was to end innings of Zimbabwe as early as possible and pocket victory. Williamson teammates sniffed the likely win in the match after Tino Mawoyo got his legs before wicket in T Boult’s over post scoring 35 runs in 92 balls, with the help of five boundaries. Chamu Chibhabha was dismissed by Wagner at a score of 21 (4 x 4).  Sikandar Raza was lbw by Southee on a naught. Donald Tiripano is to start his batting from a score of zero. After scoring 58 runs and losing three wickets, Zimbabwe trail by 329 runs. Each session is important today. Good innings will help the team get stabilized to some extent and think of achieving big. Expectations are soaring from Ervine as well. Prince Masvaure, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Cremer, John Nyumbu and Chinouya are yet to bat.

If the middle order batsmen make best use of the weak deliveries, the match may end in a draw, which will be a success for Zimbabwe, who are standing on the verge of a defeat as far as excellent form of the Kiwis is kept in mind. New Zealand skipper is expected to try all possible bowling options to send the hosts on the back foot. Fans of the home side are excited to witness each happening of the contest and believe Cremer and his men will fight back. Even though the hosts have not been in good form in the Test format, some blitz is likely. As of the present time, Zimbabwe have to cover a long distance to accomplish what they want to, while Kiwis focus on getting wickets in a short span of time so that series can be finished with 2-0 in the end.

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