Spirited Zimbabwe overcome New Zealand in high-scoring thriller

Malcolm Waller hit 10 boundaries and a six in his innings of 99 AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Bulawayo: Oct 25, 2011

Malcolm Waller s brilliant knock of 99 and half-centuries by Tatenda Taibu and skipper Brendan Taylor inspired Zimbabwe to a thrilling two-wicket win over New Zealand in their third ODI at the Bulawayo Sports Club.

Chasing 329 to win, Zimbabwe scored 329 for eight from 49.5 overs.

Middle-order batsman Kane Williamson and skipper Ross Taylor hit centuries to propel New Zealand to 328 for five against Zimbabwe in their third .

New Zealand, who were reduced to 141 for four by the hosts, fought back with a 195-run stand between Williamson and Taylor for the fifth wicket.

Taylor played his natural attacking game hitting nine boundaries and three sixes for his 119 off 126 balls.

Williamson, on the other hand, too showed aggressive intent and clobbered 11 boundaries and a six for his 69-ball 100.

Njabulo Ncube was the most succefull bowler for Zimbabwe, taking three wickets for 69 runs in his 8.5 overs.

New Zealand lead the three-match ODI series 2-0.

Brief Scores: New Zealand 328 for 5 in 50 overs (Ross Taylor 119, Kane Williamson 100, Jesse Ryder 53; Njabulo Ncube 3 for 57) vs Zimbabwe.

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