Kiwis complete whitewash

McCullum stars with bat as Kiwis crush Zimbabwe

Last updated: 9th February 2012  

Kiwis complete whitewash

Brendon McCullum: Smashed 119 off just 88 deliveries

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New Zealand completed a 3-0 one-day international series whitewash against Zimbabwe with an emphatic 202-run victory in Napier on Thursday.

Brendon McCullum starred with the bat - making 119 off just 88 balls as the hosts racked up 373-8 from their 50 overs.

Openers Rob Nicol and Martin Guptill also played their part as both cracked rapid half-centuries, Nicol making 61 at almost a run a ball and Guptill blazing 85 from just 69 deliveries.

Zimbabwe came up well short in their reply as they were bundled out for just 171 in 44 overs.

Brendan Taylor made a defiant 65 but lacked support as the Black Caps spin trio of Tarun Nethula, Nathan McCullum and Kane Williamson all finished with two wickets apiece.

Taylor was the only touring batsman to make any kind of impact with a captain's knock, his runs coming off just 62 balls.

He and Tatenda Taibu partially rebuilt the innings after openers Timo Mawoyo and Stuart Matsikenyeri both departed cheaply.

But, having taken the score to 81, Taibu was caught at third man by substitute fielder Colin de Grandhomme, who then played a part in the run out of Malcolm Waller.

Little resistance

And when De Grandhomme then caught Taylor off the bowling of Williamson, the game was effectively up for Zimbabwe.

Regis Chakabva and Elton Chigumbura batted for 8.2 overs for 22 before the latter became the sixth wicket to depart and the tail offered precious little resistance as New Zealand eased home.

Earlier, McCullum had been on course for an unbeaten century but perished off the final ball of the innings as he skied the ball to Mawoyo off the bowling of Kyle Jarvis.

His knock came after Guptill and Nicol had put on 153 for the first wicket and the New Zealand skipper said of his knock: "It was nice to come in with a few runs on the board.

"Martin and Rob played outstandingly as they have all series. Some guys have had opportunities they haven't had to play for the country and have put their hands up.

"The environment we've got and the belief are really good at the moment."

The innings was one to forget, however, for Zimbabwe bowler Brian Vitori, who was thrashed for 105 runs off just nine overs.