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New Zealand earn a massive innings win over Zimbabwe

Published : Aug 1, 2016, 6:22 am IST
Updated : Aug 1, 2016, 6:22 am IST

New Zealand players celebrate the fall of a Zimbabwe wicket in their first Test at Bulawayo. (Photo: AP)

New Zealand players celebrate the fall of a Zimbabwe wicket in their first Test at Bulawayo. (Photo: AP)

New Zealand had to work harder than they might have expected before winning the first Test against Zimbabwe by an innings and 117 runs at

Queens Club in Bulawayo with more than a day to spare.

Zimbabwe began the day at 121/5, still trailing New Zealand by 291.

But an outstanding maiden Test century by Sean Williams, and some dogged defiance from captain Graeme Cremer, ended any thoughts that New Zealand might have entertained of a comfortable march to victory today.

Williams hit 119 off 148 balls, with 21 boundaries before being ninth man out. He shared a 118-run stand with Cremer for the seventh wicket, a record by either side for Tests between the countries.

The win gives New Zealand a four-win, one-draw Test record in Bulawayo and a 10th win in 16 Tests overall.

Scoreboard Zimbabwe (1st innings) 164 New Zealand (1st innings) 576/6 decl. Zimbabwe (2nd innings, o/n 121/5): CJ Chibhabha c Taylor b Boult 7, H Masakadza c Taylor b Southee 4, BB Chari b Boult 5, CR Ervine c Watling b Boult 50, PS Masvaure lbw b Boult 0, Sikandar Raza c Latham b Wagner 37, AG Cremer lbw b Sodhi 33, SC Williams c Williamson b Santner 119, RW Chakabva b Southee 11, DT Tiripano c Watling b Wagner 14, MT Chinouya (not out) 0. Extras: (b 6, lb 9) 15. Total: (in 79 overs) 295. FoW: 1-7, 2-12, 3-17, 4-17, 5-86, 6-124, 7-242, 8-277, 9-285. Bowling: Southee 15-3-68-2, Boult 17-3-52-4, Wagner 17-1-62-2, Santner 17-6-32-1, Sodhi 12-1-66-1, Williamson 1-1-0-0.

Location: Zimbabwe, Bulawayo