Ruthless NZ thump Zim in T20

HARARE - New Zealand  were ruthless in the lone Twenty20 encounter here yesterday as they wound up their successful tour of Zimbabwe with an emphatic 80-run victory over the hapless hosts.

Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura completed a whitewash by winning the toss for the fourth consecutive time in the series and elected to bowl.

The Black Caps obliged to the order without hesitation and smashed 19 boundaries and seven maximums on their way to 198-5 in 20 overs.

Zimbabwe were once again awful with the bat as they managed only 118 runs for the loss of eight wickets only getting past the 100-run mark on the last ball of the 18th over.

Batsman, Craig Ervine top scored for the hosts with 42 runs before he was clean bowled off a slower delivery from medium seamer Grant Elliot in the last over. Ervine was named man-of-the series.

Sean Williams was caught and bowled by leg-spinner Ish Sohdi for 16 while Regis Chakabva (13) was caught behind by wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi off pace bowler Adam Milne.

The hosts lost opener Hamilton Masakadza early in the third over for six runs, Chamu Chibhabha followed in the fourth over for the same score.

By the end of the seventh over Zimbabwe were four wickets down for just 34 runs after the departure of struggling captain Chigumbura who was dismissed for two.

“It wasn’t a good day, especially with the bat. It was a good wicket to bat on, but we didn’t back it up with the bat,” said Chigumbura.

“We need to work on what went wrong in the next five weeks, and hopefully we’ll do better against Pakistan.”

New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson expressed satisfaction at the headway his team made during the series.

“The way the boys batted today was outstanding, special mention to George Worker on his debut,” he said.

“Overall, the bowling performance was our best of the series. Early wickets, Adam Milne back, that’s good to see.

“We’ve progressed nicely, Zimbabwe have played good cricket, and it’s been a competitive series. Always nice to contribute, we always preach to the guys to commit to a role in the team, and that’s what I try to do.”

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