New Zealand amass 373 against hapless Zimbabwe in the third ODI

Brendon McCullum of New Zealand top-scored with 119 off 88 deliveries against a hapless Zimbabwe in the third ODI at Napier Getty Images

Napier: Feb 9, 2012

New Zealand made 373 for eight batting first in the third and final one-day international against Zimbabwe at McLean Park on Thursday.

Captain Brendon McCullum top-scored with 119 off 88 deliveries and Martin Guptill scored 85, while Kyle Jarvis was the best of Zimbabwe’s bowlers with two for 58.

Earlier, New Zealand captain McCullum won the toss and chose to bat in the third one-day international against Zimbabwe, with his team already holding a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Fast bowler Michael Bates was named to make his New Zealand debut among three changes to the team which won the second match on Monday by 141 runs.

Bates was named in place of the injured Tim Southee, while Doug Bracewell replaces Kyle Mills and Nathan McCullum was named for Dean Brownlie, who suffered a broken finger in Monday’s match.

Zimbabwe made two changes, recalling opener Tino Mawoyo and fast bowler Brian Vitori in place of brothers Shingirai and Hamilton Masakadza.

The match brings Zimbabwe back to the ground on which it lost the one-off Test against New Zealand by an innings and 301 runs. (AFP)

Brief Score: New Zealand 373 for 8 in 50 overs (Brendon McCullum 119, Martin Guptill 85, Rob Nicol 61; Kyle Jarvis 2 for 58, Ray Price 2 for 59) vs Zimbabwe

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