Zimbabwe vs New Zealand

Match info: Test Series 1st Test at Bulawayo Athletic Club - First Test

Date: 5th Nov 2011 Status: Day 5 of 5 Umpires: M Erasmus and B N J Oxenford

Home team and score Away team score

Zimbabwe

313 All out (121.5 Overs)
331 All out (108.1 Overs)

Result

New Zealand

426 All out (143.3 Overs)
252/8 Dec (71.0 Overs)

New Zealand won by 34 runs.

  • Last Updated: November 5 2011, 15:54 GMT

Debutant Doug Bracewell claimed a five-wicket haul as New Zealand snatched victory away from Zimbabwe in remarkable fashion in the one-off Test at Bulawayo.

Brendan Taylor: Leading Zimbabwe's victory bid
Brendan Taylor: Leading Zimbabwe's victory bid

Led by a brilliant century from their captain Brendan Taylor, Zimbabwe looked on course to record only their 10th Test win ever as they reached 265 for three in pursuit of 366.

However, they ended up falling agonisingly short after being bowled out for 331 just before the close on the final day as New Zealand claimed a 34-run win for their first away Test victory since 2008.

Bracewell and Daniel Vettori did most of the damage as they evenly shared six of the last seven Zimbabwe wickets to fall.

Seamer Bracewell finished with innings figures of five for 85 while Vettori picked up three for 71 to go with his five wickets from the first innings.

However, the key breakthrough of the day was made by Chris Martin, who sparked Zimbabwe's demise with the wicket of in-form Zimbabwe skipper Taylor for a superb 117.

New Zealand started the final morning in pole position after reducing Zimbabwe to 61 for two at the close of day four, but they found Taylor to be a huge thorn in their side, as he has been all tour.

In the two Twenty20 and three one-day international matches prior to this Test, Taylor recorded successive scores of 50 not out, one, 128no, 107no and 75.

He also scored a half-century in the first innings here, and was quickly back among the runs.

The 25-year-old joined forces with overnight batsman Tino Mawoyo and the pair put on 96 for the third wicket before the latter was dismissed for 52, bowled off his pads by part-time bowler Martin Guptill.

That was the only success New Zealand enjoyed in the opening two sessions though as Taylor and Tatenda Taibu then put on a stand worth 108 to leave Zimbabwe within sight of victory at tea.

But just two balls into the evening session, Taylor picked out BJ Watling at sweeper cover and the Zimbabwe skipper was sent on his way, having hit eight fours and five sixes in his 147-ball knock.

That proved to be the beginning of the end for Zimbabwe as they regularly lost wickets.

Taibu departed soon after for 63, Vettori claiming his first victim of the innings, and then Bracewell sent back Regis Chakabva (five), Njabulo Ncube (14) and Ray Price (four).

That saw Zimbabwe reduced to 329 for eight and the end was soon in coming as Vettori snared Malcolm Waller - Zimbabwe's last realistic hope of avoiding defeat departing for 29 - and then last man Chris Mpofu as the Blacks Caps claimed the victory.