Beat Zim in first Test match

Bulawayo : Zimbabwe debutant Sean Williams’ blistering century went in vain as New Zealand wrapped up comprehensive an innings and 117-run victory over the hosts in the opening Test of the two-match series, thus taking an unassailable 1-0 lead at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Sunday.

Resuming at the yesterday’s score of 121-5, Zimbabwe were bundled out for 295 despite a solid resistance by Williams (119) and Craig Ervin (50).

Williams, who became the fastest Zimbabwean to smash the Test century by  reaching the three-figure mark in just 106 deliveries, also shared a 118-run partnership for the seventh wicket with captain Graeme Cremer (33) before succumbing to the left-arm spin of Mitchell Santner.

Neil Wagner was the pick of the bowler for Australia as he finished with eight wickets overall followed by Trent Boult’s second innings figures of 4-52.

Earlier, Ross Taylor, who has been declared Man of the Match, led from the front as he scored 173 runs and shared a massive 253-run stand for sixth wicket with BJ Watling (107) to propel his side post a huge first innings target of 576 runs in reply to Zimbabwe’s 164.

Zim 1st ings: 164/10

NZ 1st innings 576-6

Zimbabwe 2nd ings

C Chibhabha c Taylor b Boult………..7

H Masakadza c Taylor b Southee…..4

B Chari b Boult…………………………..5

C Ervine c Watling b Boult………….50

P Masvaure lbw b Boult………………0

S Raza c Latham b Wagner…………37

G Cremer lbw b Sodhi……………….33

Williams c Williamson b Santner119

R Chakabva b Southee………………11

D Tiripano c Watling b Wagner……14

M Chinouya not out……………………0

Extras: (6b, 9lb)………………………15

Total: (All out)………………………295

Bowling: Southee 15-3-68-2, Boult 17-3-52-4, Wagner 17-1-62-2, Santner 17-6-32-1, Sodhi 12-1-66-1, Williamson 1-1-0-0.

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