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2nd Test – Zimbabwe Eye Levelling Series against New Zealand

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2nd Test – Zimbabwe Eye Levelling Series against New Zealand

August 05
05:57 2016

zimNew Delhi, Friday, August 5 – New Zealand were expected to do well on their tour of Zimbabwe despite the fact that it isn’t a long trip this time. And they did well as likely, beating the hosts by an innings and 117 runs in the opening Test.  Zimbabwe failed to save the wickets from falling. Forget about taking any lead, they succumbed at 164 runs in the first innings and 295 runs in the second innings, giving New Zealand an easy chance to take lead of 1-0 in the two-match Test series.

Now, here is a chance to put poor form behind. Zimbabwe may expect a fresh start once again under the captaincy of Graeme Cremer. Best efforts will be expected from Brian Chari, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Hamilton Masakadza, Prince Masvaure, Tino Mawoyo, Peter Moor, Richmond Mutumbami, Taurai Muzarabani, Sean Williams, Michael Chinouya, N Ncube and Donald Tiripano if find a place in the Playing XI which is to contest against the Kiwis in the 2nd & final Test, which will be hosted at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo from August 6 to August 10.

New Zealand, at the same time, will wish to go back home with a win; possibility of which seems high taking into consideration good performance in the previous Test. Kane Williamson is expected to guide his men wonderfully. It is the perfect platform for them to shine and hone skills that will help them gain foothold when contest against the heavyweights in the coming days. Expectations from Trent Boult, Mark Craig, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi, Doug Bracewell, Jeet Raval, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner and BJ Watling are huge. A zing will be added in the ongoing series only when Zimbabwe make the tourists feel pressure.

The biggest challenge they faced in game one was building partnerships of the Kiwis. Not to forget that Latham, Taylor and Watling hit centuries in the first Test. The captain of Black Caps, Williamson, fell nine runs short to get a ton but set foundation for a good start certainly. Zimbabwe would look forward to winning the toss and making a decision which could be capitalized in the best way possible. Top order, middle order and tail-ender batsmen must have to perform at any cost if they want to do come om track. Donald Tiripano was impressive to a certain extent playing a not out knock of 49 runs (4 x 6 and 6 x 1) in Zimbabwe’s 1st innings.

The one who shone in 2nd innings was Sean Williams, who caught the eyes with his knock of 119 runs in 148 balls, which comprised 21 boundaries as well. But the one who grabbed eyeballs was Wagner who came up with his career’s best figures – his six-wicket haul giving just 41 runs. Chances are strong that he and a few others may do well to stop Zimbabwe from putting a big total if Kiwis bowl first. The match is to begin tomorrow. All preparations have been done to host the match. Two teams are to contest with a single motto and that is to win in the last part. It is certain that Zimbabwe will have to pour more than 100 percent efforts to put themselves a step ahead of the visiting squad. Both skippers will look forward to win the toss and do best post reading the mood of the pitch.

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