It is going to be a big game for Zimbabwe, as they are one win away from a series win against New Zealand © Getty Images
It is going to be a big game for Zimbabwe, as they are one win away from a series win against New Zealand © Getty Images

The third and the final One-Day International (ODI) between New Zealand and Zimbabwe that will be played at Harare on Friday. It is going to be the series decider. Both the sides have won a game each of the first two ODIs. The previous match turned out to be a one-way road as the visitors steamrolled the Zimbabweans by a whopping 10-wicket margin after bowling them out for a mere score of 171 in 50 overs. It was a must-win situation for the Black Caps after they shockingly lost the opening match at the same venue. The 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup runner’s up took up the challenge seriously against the lower-ranked team. Live Updates: Zimbabwe vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Harare

After going down to 68 for 5, Sikandar Raza’s ton helped the hosts to post a fighting 235. However, when the New Zealand openers came in to bat, it seemed inadequate as both openers — Martin Guptill and Tom Latham — had a century each to their name by the end of the match, crushing the confidence of Zimbabwe that the latter had gained after dominating the third-ranked ODI team with both bat and ball in the first ODI. Live Scorecard: Zimbabwe vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Harare

Squads:

Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (c), Regis Chakabva, Chamu Chibhabha, Graeme Cremer, Craig Ervine, Luke Jongwe, Neville Madziva, Hamilton Masakadza, Chris Mpofu, John Nyumbu, Tinashe Panyangara, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Sikandar Raza, Prosper Utseya, Sean Williams

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Doug Bracewell, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wk), Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor, Ben Wheeler, George Worker, Mitchell Santner