Black Caps blitz Zimbabwe

Black Caps earn record Test victory on remarkable day in Napier

Last updated: 28th January 2012  

Black Caps blitz Zimbabwe

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New Zealand enjoyed a remarkable day in Napier as they blitzed Zimbabwe by taking all 20 wickets to claim a record innings and 301-run victory in their one-off Test.

Zimbabwe found themselves skittled for their lowest ever score, 51, in the first innings, followed by 143 all out after the Black Caps had declared on 495-7 declared.

Beginning the day on 392-5, the Black Caps lost Doug Bracewell off the third ball of the morning and would have had BJ Watling two balls later if an lbw decision was not overturned after Shingi Masakadza over-stepped.

Watling made Zimbabwe pay for the indiscretion, notching up his maiden Test ton in his first game as a wicketkeeper-batsman.

The only selection talk in the build-up had been whether Watling or Kruger van Wyk would wear the gloves for the home side and the 26-year-old repaid the selectors for the faith put in him.

Declaration

Brendon McCullum, acting as captain with Ross Taylor out of the remainder of the match due to a calf injury, called in the troops just short of the 500 mark, giving his bowlers time to have a burst before lunch.

And they made the most of it.

The quicks ran through the Zimbabwe order with ease, reducing their visitors to 20-5 at the lunch break.

Matters did not improve for Brendan Taylor's men in the afternoon, with only Malcom Waller (23) reaching double figures as Zimbabwe fell apart.

The wickets were evenly spread between the bowlers, with the quick men - Chris Martin, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell and Tim Southee - each picking up two scalps while the spin of Daniel Vettori accounted for another.

McCullum was faced with an easy decision and enforced the follow-on. Martin then wasted no time in driving home the host's incredible advantage, picking up three quick wickets before tea.

Wickets

It hardly got better for Zimbabwe thereafter as the wickets of Tatenda Taibu and Waller saw them reduced to 12-5 and in danger of not even reaching their first innings total of 51.

However, Regis Chakabva (63) showed there was still something in the wicket for the batsmen and together with Graeme Creamer (26) and debutant Shingi Masakadza (21) was able to get the side up to an improved 134-7.

Masakadza became yet another victim of Martin (6-26) as he was caught behind by Watling and not even the Umpire Decision Review System could save him as Hotspot indicated a definite edge.

With time running out in the day, it looked like the visitors could force the players to return on Sunday, but after stand-in captain McCullum asked for the extra half hour, the final two wickets were taken in quick succession.

It took a sensational one-handed diving catch from Dean Brownlie to get rid of Chakabva, while Brian Vitori bagged a pair as he edged the next ball to Watling ending the misery for Zimbabwe.

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