A stand of 137 between Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson steered New Zealand to a seven-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the first Twenty20 international in Auckland.
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The pair came together with New Zealand wobbling on 15 for two following the removals of Rob Nicol and captain Brendon McCullum.
Guptill finished unbeaten on 91, including six sixes, while Williamson reached 48 as they finished on 160 for three after their visitors had completed their allotted overs on 159 for eight.
Zimbabwe had earlier produced an innings which included a half-century by Hamilton Masakadza and a whirlwind Elton Chigumbura innings.
It had not started particularly well for the visitors, though, as New Zealand removed one of their opponents' biggest threats Brendan Taylor, who was bowled for three by Michael Bates.
Hamilton Masakadza pulled Mills for six and four before Forster Mutizwa was out for a duck with a soft dismissal with Zimbabwe on 16 for two.
Hamilton Masakadza and Tatenda Taibu had guided the score on to 78 when the former was out seeking his fourth six but he failed to clear the fielder on the midwicket boundary, James Franklin taking the catch.
The Zimbabwean had produced an impressive 53 off 36 deliveries and including three fours and three sixes.
Taibu fell for 27 to be replaced by Chigumbura with Waller (11) also removed.
Chigumbura was playing fearlessly and hit Bracewell for 14 off three deliveries.
Hamilton Masakadza departed for eight but Chigumbura was doing his best to steer the visitors to a competitive total, clubbing Bates for six off consecutive balls at the start of the final over.
However, he was then removed by the same bowler caught by Guptill after scoring 48 off 24 deliveries including three boundaries and four sixes.
Bates had figures of three for 31.
Zimbabwe made an encouraging start to their attack, reducing New Zealand to 15 for two, Kyle Jarvis claiming both wickets
Nicol fell for 12 before McCullum was out for six and it looked positive for the visitors.
However, that was before Williamson and Guptill came together to steer the Black Caps to victory, the former run out by Shingi Masakadza for 48 off 38 deliveries including five boundaries.
The hosts needed just eight more runs to reach their target in 16.5 overs, Colin de Grandhomme joining Guptill whose 91 came off 54 deliveries and included five boundaries and six sixes.