Zimbabwe were blanked 0-3 against India in ODIs © AFP
Zimbabwe were blanked 0-3 against India in ODIs © AFP

Zimbabwe plan to tap into the renewed energy that sparked a victory over India recently as they take on an under-strength New Zealand side in a three-match One-Day International (ODI) series that starts on Sunday. After sleepwalking their way through a one-day series whitewash at the hands of India, Zimbabwe came to life in the final match of the tour as a fresh desire drove them to a 10-run victory in a Twenty20 match. While New Zealand will be without regular captain Brendon McCullum, new-ball bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee, and top all-rounder Corey Anderson, Zimbabwe coach Dav Whatmore says his team need to repeat the energy from their last game to have a chance. “I just think we can do a bit better than what we did against India,” Whatmore said.

Having rested McCullum and Southee, and seen Boult and Anderson forced out of the tour by injury, New Zealand will get a glimpse of some future talent as they plot their path from a ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 final appearance earlier this year to the 2019 edition of the tournament.Kane Williamson will captain the Black Caps on the tour, which also comprises a Twenty20 match against Zimbabwe followed by two Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) and three ODIs in South Africa. Live cricket updates: Zimbabwe vs New Zealand 2015: 1st ODI at Harare here

With inputs from AFP.


New Zealand XI: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi(wk), Nathan McCullum, Matt Henry, Mitchell McClenaghan, Ish Sodhi.

Zimbabwe XI: Chamu Chibhabha, Hamilton Masakadza, Regis Chakabva(wk), Sikandar Raza, Craig Ervine, Elton Chigumbura(c), Sean Williams, Graeme Cremer, Prosper Utseya, Tinashe Panyangara, Chris Mpofu.

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