Guptill guides Kiwis to easy victory

Guptill guides Kiwis to easy victory

Martin Guptill continued his rich vein of form against Zimbabwe as he scored 91 not out to help New Zealand beat the visitors by seven wickets at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday in the first of their two Twenty20 internationals.
Guptill, who scored 232 runs in the three one-day internationals at an average of 77, blasted five boundaries and six sixes as New Zealand made 160 for three off 16.5 overs after Zimbabwe had scored a credible 159 for eight from 20 overs.

Kane Williamson (48) combined with Guptill in a 137-run partnership after Kyle Jarvis had taken two wickets in the second over.

Guptill, who was dropped on the boundary on 20, and Williamson, however, set about ticking off the runs with Guptill the aggressor while Willi-amson kept rotating the strike and ensured New Zealand achieved the total with 19 balls to spare. 

The visitors had finally displayed some of the batting talent that has been hinted at with Hamilton Masakadza blasting three boundaries and three sixes to top score with 53 off 36 balls.    

Elton Chigumbura also cleared the fence four times and hit three boundaries as he scored 48 from 24 deliveries at the end of the Zimbabwe innings.

Left-arm seamer Michael Bates grabbed two wickets in the 20th over to finish with figures of three for 31.



Taylor b Bates    3
H Masakadza c Franklin b W’son    53
Mutizwa c Guptill b Mills    0
Taibu c Bracewell b N McCullum    27
Waller c Guptill b Mills    11
Chigumbura c Guptill b Bates    48
Masakadza b Hira    8
Meth (not out)    6
Utseya c Franklin b Bates    0 
Price (not out)    0 
Extras (LB-1, W-1, NB-1)    3
Total (for 8 wkts, 20 overs)    159  
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-16, 3-78, 4-88, 5-106, 6-135, 7-156, 8-157.
Bowling: Mills 4-0-32-2, Bates 4-0-31-3, Bracewell 4-0-47-0, N McCullum 2-0-11-1, Hira 4-0-22-1 (w-1), Nicol 1-0-9-0, Williamson 1-0-6-1.


Nicol b Jarvis    12  
Guptill (not out)    91
B McCullum c C’bura b Jarvis    0
Williamson (run out)    48
De Grandhomme (not out)    0
Extras (W-9)    9
Total (for 3 wkts, 16.5 overs)    160
Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-15, 3-152.
Bowling: Meth 4-0-34-0, Jarvis 3-0-32-2, S Masakadza 2.5-0-26-0, Price 4-0-34-0, Utseya 2-0-18-0, Chigumbura 1-0-16-0.