New Zealand Whitewash Zimbabwe

This was after they had earlier beaten Zimbabwe in the two Twenty20 matches and the 2-1 victories in the Three One Day Internationals, giving them a 3-0 win in the three match series.

Saturday the day belonged to Doug Bracewell and Daniel Vetori who claimed three wickets each as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 331 in a tense finale of the visitors’ tour.

The visitors’ victory was despite captain Brendon Taylor’s superb 100 only for Bracewell’s five for 83 turned around the tide in favour of New Zealand.

Taylor who hit his second 100 in the New Zealand visit was ably supported by Tatenda Taibu and Tatenda Mawoyo’s half centuries but Zimbabwe then crumbled like a deck of cards as they lost their seven wickets in the final session.

The Zimbabwe had started the day on 61 for two as they chased 366 for victory and progressed well to reach 265 for three, just 101 runs behind but then lost their momentum after Taylor’s dismissal.

Zimbabwe have a lot to do if they are to make an impression on their return to Test cricket as the whitewash against New Zealand comes hard on the heels of another whitewash against Pakistan and for that matter at home.

Their victory over Bangladesh on their first match to Test cricket after a six year absence is now being regarded as beginner’s luck as after that they have failed to make an impression against opponents not even considered heavyweights in Test cricket.

Questions are now being raised as to how they can perform if they face such formidable opponents like India, and England.

Their next game is a tour of New Zealand early next year.