McCullum humbles Zimbabwe
Brendon McCullum’s pulsating century epitomised another New Zealand demolition of Zimbabwe, who were whitewashed 3-0 in the one-day series.
Having won the one-off Test by 301 runs, the Black Caps took the first two one-day internationals by 90 and 141 respectively. Today at Napier they prevailed by 202. What carnage lies ahead in the two Twenty20s, on Saturday and Tuesday, remains to be seen.
Stand-in skipper McCullum’s 88-ball 119, after openers Rob Nicol and Martin Guptill put on 153 inside 22 overs, underpinned a mammoth 373 for eight. Aside from captain Brendan Taylor’s 65, the tourists made little headway and were dismissed in 44 overs.
Both sides made changes. Left-arm seamer Michael Bates earned his international debut alongside the returning Nathan McCullum and Doug Bracewell - with Kyle Mills, Tim Southee and the injured Dean Brownlie making way. Zimbabwe dropped the Masakadza brothers, Hamilton and Shingi, with Tino Mawoyo and Brian Vitori coming in.
Nicol, who survived an lbw review from Vitori in the first over, and Guptill rewarded Brendon McCullum’s decision to bat - the latter striking two consecutive sixes off Kyle Jarvis in the mandatory powerplay.
Guptill raised the 100 during three back-to-back boundaries off Elton Chigumbura. Nicol followed his international-best 146 at Whangarei on Monday with two sixes before Prosper Utseya trapped him in front for 61. Next ball Ray Price had Guptill, who like his captain hit seven fours and five sixes, stumped for 85 from 69 deliveries.
Jacob Oram and Brendon McCullum were soon flowing, although the former played on to Jarvis for 25. Kane Williamson took three fours in four Vitori balls, but Chigumbura trapped him in front for 38.
Nathan McCullum followed his brother’s lead, with three consecutive maximums off Vitori, until he was caught at cover off Price for 21.
Two back-to-back sixes took McCullum to 97 and, the ball after Andrew Ellis was run out, he reached a fourth ODI ton by driving Jarvis for a single to long-off.
McCullum flayed three boundaries in the penultimate over, when Vitori had Doug Bracewell caught at cover. Tom Latham then lifted Jarvis over the square-leg rope and McCullum holed out off the last ball.
Zimbabwe lost their openers in consecutive mandatory powerplay overs, Mawoyo run out by Latham running in from midwicket and Bracewell trapping Stuart Matsikenyeri in front.
Taylor dominated a stand of 67 with Tatenda Taibu, who was held at third man off Bates on 26 before Max Waller was comfortably run out after being sent back. Any faint hope Zimbabwe had went when Williamson had Taylor, who smashed six fours and two sixes, caught at long-on.
Tarun Nethula had Chigumbura lbw for 16 and Utseya held at slip before the last three wickets fell in eight balls. Price skied Williamson to the cover sweeper, Nathan McCullum snared Regis Chakabva likewise, for 24, and had Vitori caught behind without scoring via a skied sweep.