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Zimbabwe humbled in Napier

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Chris Martin

Chris Martin celebrates the dismissal of Forster Mutizwa in Zimbabwe's first innings, the second of eight wickets for the experienced paceman

Zimbabwe suffered the ignominy of being bowled out twice in one day as they slumped to an innings-and-301-run defeat at the hands of New Zealand in the one-off Test in Napier.

After being skittled for 51 in their first innings - their lowest Test total - in response to New Zealand’s 495 for seven declared, Zimbabwe were then reduced to 12 for five after being asked to follow on.

A dogged 63 from Regis Chakabva salvaged a shred of respectability for the tourists, but they were still dismissed for 143 at the second time of asking.

Veteran seamer Chris Martin picked up 6-26 in the second innings to finish with outstanding match figures of 8-31.

The result represents New Zealand's biggest Test victory and conversely Zimbabwe's heaviest Test defeat as they continue their reintegration into the five-day arena.

BJ Watling completed a maiden international century this morning as New Zealand added 103 to their overnight total of 392 for five, despite losing Doug Bracewell in the first over of the day.

Bracewell was bowled by Brian Vitori, and Watling would have followed to an lbw decision in the next over had Shingi Masakadza not overstepped.

Zimbabwe were made to pay as Watling and Tim Southee shared 74 for the seventh wicket, the latter clubbing six fours and a six in an enterprising 39-ball 44.

After Southee had fallen to Graeme Cremer, Watling was then dropped on 90 by Jarvis before bringing up his hundred with a hurried two that almost resulted in him being run out.

New Zealand swiftly declared and then took just 28.5 overs to run through Zimbabwe’s brittle batting line-up.

Max Waller, with 23, was the only man to reach double figures as wickets tumbled at regular intervals.

Martin made the initial breakthroughs by bowling Tino Mawoyo and Forster Mutizwa, before Trent Boult, Bracewell and Southee all chipped in with two wickets apiece.

Remarkably, Zimbabwe looked set to fare even worse in their second innings as Martin and Bracewell tore through their top order.

With the exception of Mutizwa, who made 18, none of the top six passed four on a pitch offering modest seam movement and occasional variable bounce.

Brendon McCullum, standing in as captain for the injured Ross Taylor, was able to employ a host of close catchers, but Chakabva at least delayed the inevitable with a gutsy half-century - his first in Tests.

Cremer and Masakadza offered support with 26 and 21 respectively, yet it was not long before New Zealand were celebrating victory.

Fittingly, it was Martin who wrapped up proceedings, having Vitori caught behind for a golden duck immediately after Chakabva had top-edged a short ball to Dean Brownlie, who held on to a stunning one-handed catch.