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  • 8:04 PM IST

    Live Cricket Updates, New Zealand vs Zimbabwe, Day 3, first Test: ZIM 121/5
    in 21 overs- Craig Ervine 49 (55) & Graeme Cremer 14 (27)- STUMPS!
    New Zealand are 5 wickets away from winning the first Test of the two-Test series against Zimbabwe at stumps on Day Three at Bulawayo. The day belonged to New Zealand’s senior batsman, Ross Taylor as he brought up his fourteenth century in Tests.

  • 7:36 PM IST

    Live Cricket Updates, New Zealand vs Zimbabwe, Day 3, first Test: ZIM 87/5
    in 13 overs- Sikandar Raza 33 (31) & Graeme Cremer 0 (3)-
    Half the team has been sent back to the pavilion for the hosts. Captain, Cremer and Raza battling it out for their side. The writing is on the walls and NZ looking to wrap things up today itself.

  • 7:03 PM IST

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    Cricket Updates, New Zealand vs Zimbabwe, Day 3, first Test: ZIM 31/2
    in 6.2 overs- Craig Ervine 4 (12) & Sikandar Raza 10 (12)-
    The wickets are falling here and there for the home team. Will the match finish today itself? Boult is firing from one end for the visitors.

  • 6:39 PM IST

    Live Cricket Updates, New Zealand vs Zimbabwe, Day 3, first Test: ZIM 12/2 in 1.4 overs- Chamu Chibhabha 3 (1) & Craig Ervine 1 (2)- So nothing could have gone worse than this for ZIM. They are trailing NZ by a huge 400 runs and have already lost two wickets to both the opening bowlers of NZ, Southee and Boult.

  • 6:16 PM IST

    Live Cricket Updates, New Zealand vs Zimbabwe, Day 3, first Test: NZ 576/
    in 166.5 overs- Ross Taylor 173 (299)
    Finally the New Zealand innings have come to an end. They lead by a whopping margin of 412 runs. It will be a miracle if ZIM draw this match as they have more than 2 days left in the match. Watling was the last man out for 107 as Taylor remained on 173.

  • 5:48 PM IST

    Live Cricket Updates, New Zealand vs Zimbabwe, Day 3, first Test: NZ 543/5
    in 162 overs- Ross Taylor 156* (263) & BJ Watling 95* (145
    )The duo have added 229 runs for the sixth wicket. Watling nearing his century while Taylor has already gone past 150. More humiliation in store for ZIM? The lead is 379 runs. Both teams go out for tea break.

  • 5:23 PM IST

    Live Cricket Updates, New Zealand vs Zimbabwe, Day 3, first Test: NZ 523/5
    in 157 overs- Ross Taylor 141* (263) & BJ Watling 90* (145
    )The solid pair of Watling and Taylor have added 200 runs for the sixth wicket. Zimbabwe continue to struggle and their body language is not very pleasing as well. Minnows at their best. No fight from their end and no aggressive cricket since Day Two. It will be a miracle if they draw the match, which looks dicey.

  • 4:46 PM IST

    Live Cricket Updates, New Zealand vs Zimbabwe, Day 3, first Test: NZ 492/5
    in 148 overs- Ross Taylor 124* (230) & BJ Watling 78* (131
    )No declaration and no wicket for the home team till now. Watling nearing his hundred and maybe the declaration will happen after that. The lead is 328 as of now. Match pretty much gone for Zimbabwe.

  • 4:21 PM IST

    Live Cricket Updates, New Zealand vs Zimbabwe, Day 3, first Test: NZ 470/5
    in 143 overs- Ross Taylor 110* (212) & BJ Watling 72* (116
    )Taylor has become the second highest century maker for his country only behind Martin Crowe (17). Kane Williamson is at the third spot with 13 centuries. Lead over 300 runs. When will the declarations happen, folks?

  • 3:14 PM IST

    Live Cricket Uopdates, New Zealand vs Zimbabwe, Day 3, first Test: NZ 423/5
    in 131 overs- Ross Taylor 87* (170) & BJ Watling 50* (85
    ) And that’s lunch at Bulawayo. No further success for the home team after they removed Ish Sodhi early in the day. Taylor and Watling have added exactly 100 runs for the sixth wicket. Taylor has looked in complete control while Watling playing a little freely as compared to his senior pro.

  • 2:48 PM IST

    Live Cricket Updates, New Zealand vs Zimbabwe, Day 3, first Test: NZ 401/5
    in 125.3 overs- Ross Taylor 78* (150) & BJ Watling 38* (72
    )No success yet for the hosts. Taylor getting close to a century while Watling nears a fifty. Problems a plenty for the home side.

  • 2:32 PM IST

    Live Cricket Uopdates, New Zealand vs Zimbabwe, Day 3, first Test: NZ 381/5
    in 120 overs- Ross Taylor 63* (130) & BJ Watling 32* (59
    )No breakthrough yet for the African nation. They are bolwing the same lines they bowled all day yesterday without much success. NZ have all the time in the world to push the lead over 300 and inflicit an innings defeat on the hosts.

  • 1:58 PM IST

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    Cricket Updates, New Zealand vs Zimbabwe, Day 3, first Test: NZ 354/5
    in 112 overs- Ross Taylor 52* (112) & BJ Watling 18* (29
    )Both the batsmen looking good at the moment. Lead has already come close to 200 and we are in the third day only. Taylor playing a mature innings while Watling playing a little freely as compared to his senior partner.

  • 1:12 PM IST

    Live Cricket Updates, New Zealand vs Zimbabwe, Day 3, first Test: NZ 327/5 in 103.1 overs- Ross Taylor 40* (86) & BJ Watling 4* (3)So Zimbabwe have begun the day well. They have removed the nightwatchman, Ish Sodhi, quickly. Taylor, the senior man. is still there at the crease and will like to take the lead forward for his side. Watling has started well with a four off his third ball.

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Zimbabwe will have to find a way out to bounce back in the game or at least push for a draw © AFP

Greetings everyone! Welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket coverage of the first Test match between New Zealand and Zimbabwe. Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo is hosting the first match of the two-Test series which hold different importance for both the teams. Finally ready to host a nation for Test match cricket, Zimbabwe have had their own issues heading into the two-match series. They haven’t really had preparations to the extent they would have liked. Add to that their injury concerns and it almost gets worse for them. Day One and Two showed their weakness in this format and lack of fighting spirit in them. New Zealand are looking solid and will like to add more runs to inflict and innings defeat on the hosts. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Zimbabwe  vs  New Zealand ,Live Score, 1st Test match at Bulawayo

On the opening day of the match, Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bat. Neil Wagner along with Time Southee and Micheal Santer wrecked havoc of an inexperienced batting line-up of Zimbabwe and dismissed their side on the first day only. New Zealand opener,Tom Lotham, scored his fourth hundred on Day Two along with a 91 from captain, Kane Williamson. Ross Taylor is at the crease along with Ish Sodhi with the visitors already having a lead of over 150 runs. Zimbabwe will have to fins a way to get back into this game or try and draw it somehow.

Zimbabwe XI: Chamu Chibhabha, Brian Chari, Hamilton Masakadza, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Prince Masvaure, Regis Chakabva(wk), Graeme Cremer(c), Donald Tiripano, Michael Chinouya
New Zealand XI: Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, BJ Watling, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult