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  • 8:38 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES Stumps at Day 4 Zimbabwe 58/1 Overs 25.2: Stumps at Bulawayo. Zimbabwe started on a good note as played some good defensive and attacking strokes. They will be disappointed with the way the day ended for them as they lost 2 important batsmen. Whereas, New Zealand will be happily with the last 2 wickets. They have worked hard in the day and they deserved the 2 wickets. Zimbabwe has a huge job on the last day as they have to toil the day because achieving the target of 387 looks very unlikely. Batting: Donald Tiripano 0 (0)

  • 8:33 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES Zimbabwe 58/1 Overs 25.2: Just before Zimbabwe could recuperate from Tino Mawoyo’s wicket, Time Southee removes Sikandar Raza. Southee’s ball swung in late just as that of Trent Boult’s to remove Mawoyo. Raza goes back and tries to defend, but he is done by the late swing. Raza departs without opening his account. Zimbabwe loose 2 wickets in 3 balls, something which they would have never wanted. With this it is Stumps at Bulawayo.! Batting: Donald Tiripano 0 (0)

  • 8:26 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES Zimbabwe 54/1 Overs 25: Just when it seemed like Zimbabwe would go back with just one wicket down, Mawoyo has been removed by Trent Boult. The ball shaped in very late deceiving Mawoyo’s bat. Gone straightaway! Maywoyo goes for 35 (92). Donald Tiripano has walked in as night watchman.
    Batting:Donald Tiripano 0 (0) , Sikandar Raza 0 (8)

  • 8:04 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES Zimbabwe 51/1 Overs 21: Zimbabwe will not wish to lose another wicket here as just 7 overs are left of the days play. Tino Mawoyo has look resilient in his batting. Sikandar Raza has just come to the crease and is yet to open his account. Batting: Tino Mawoyo 29 (75), Sikandar Raza 0 (8)

  • 7:51 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES Zimbabwe 41/1 Overs 17: New Zealand have finally succeeded to get the first breakthrough. Good length on off, the ball moves away late again and Chibhabha pokes at that and a easy catch at 3rd slip for Martin Guptill. Neil Wagner’s consistency has paid off! Chibhabha goes for sturdy 2. Batting: Tino Mawoyo 26 (63),Sikandar Raza 0 (2)

  • 7:39 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES Zimbabwe 41/0 Overs 15: Zimbabwe openers carry on their cautious way of batting. They have taken chances by playing some uppish but safe shots. New Zealand bowlers have given some worrying moments but they haven’t been able get any breakthrough. Spin bowling has been effective for New Zealand as compared to seam. Zimbabwe openers will look to carry on this partnership for the remaining overs of day 4. Batting: Tino Mawoyo 19(51), Chamu Chibhabha 21 (37)

  • 7:16 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES Zimbabwe 24/0 Overs 10: Zimbabwe openers have played sensible cricket. They have not risked anything and are hitting only bad balls. New Zealand seamers have had their chances so far including a dropped catch and some inside edges;but no luck more the that. Kane Williamson has got spin into attack now. Will there be any help from the pitch for spinners? Batting: Tino Mawoyo 5 (32), Chamu Chibhabha 18 (28)

  • 6:57 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES Zimbabwe 19/0 Overs 5: Zimbabwe openers have been watchful so far. They have played some delightful strokes and also they have displayed some strong defensive shots. Chamu Chibhabha has been on the forefront in scoring runs for Zimbabwe. The ball is keeping little low which can pose some problem for the Zimbabwe batsmen. Batting: Tino Mawoyo 4 (16), Chamu Chibhabha 14 (14)

  • 6:39 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES Zimbabwe 0/0 Overs : Zimbabwe will step on to the bat with a target of 387 to chase. They have 4 sessions to play. New Zealand bowlers will look to get some early wickets on day 4 on put pressure on them. Tino Mawoyo has opened the second innings with a boundary of Tim Southee’s bowling. Hammered the ball through the covers. Batting: Tino Mawoyo 4 (6), Chamu Chibhabha 0 (0)

  • 6:31 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES New Zealand 166/2 Overs 36: New Zealand have declared their second innings at 166 for 2. Both Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor made their half-centuries. They have set a target of 387 for Zimbabwe. BATTING: Kane Williamson 68 (103), Ross Taylor 67 (78)

  • 6:17 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES New Zealand 142/2 Overs 34: Ross Taylor gets to his half-century. His 25th of his career. He has attacked the Zimbabwe bowlers since the start of 3rd session. BATTING: Kane Williamson 61 (99), Ross Taylor 50 (70)

  • 6:10 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES New Zealand 132/2 Overs 33: New Zealand continue to vat after tea and Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor complete a 100 run partnership for the 3rd wicket. They seem to have taken aggressive mode since the start of 3rd session as both the batsmen are going after Zimbabwe bowlers. The bowling side hasn’t looked effective at all except for the 2 wickets of New Zealand openers. The visitors are leading by mammoth 352 runs. BATTING: Kane Williamson 61 (99), Ross Taylor 41 (64)

  • 5:53 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES New Zealand 118/2 Overs 32: The question now remains is till when will New Zealand bat or will they ask Zimbabwe to bat on for the second innings as they have a healthy lead of 338. BATTING: Kane Williamson 53 (95), Ross Taylor 32 (62)

  • 5:51 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES New Zealand 118/2 Overs 32: It is tea at Bulawayo after some good batting from the visitors. New Zealand will be happy with the way 2nd session has gone for them. After loosing the openers in quick succession Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor have handled the situation well and made sure that they didn’t loose any more wickets. Williamson has scored a brilliant 50 to guide his team out of trouble while Ross Taylor has looked solid on the other side.
    BATTING: Kane Williamson 53 (95), Ross Taylor 32 (62)

  • 5:35 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES New Zealand 107/2 Overs 28: Kane Williamson gets to his half-century. He has been the anchor for New Zealand in second innings. He is showing his batting class every time he has come out to bat. New Zealand now lead by 327 runs. Well played! BATTING: Kane Williamson 51 (88), Ross Taylor 31 (54)

  • 5:31 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES New Zealand 104/2 Overs 28: Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor have taken full control of the proceedings on Day 4. The New Zealand skipper is inching towards his half-century, while Ross Taylor is just looking to give a good hand to his captain on the other end. New Zealand has are making a move towards a big target for the hosts. Zimbabwe bowlers haven’t been able to generate anything from the pitch as it is becoming more flat! the visitors have a healthy lead of 323 runs.
    BATTING: Kane Williamson 49 (84), Ross Taylor 30 (51)

  • 5:06 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES New Zealand 72/2 Overs 21: Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor has handled the innings well after early wickets. Both of them took some time initially but as the time has passed by both of them have started to look comfortable against Zimbabwe’s bowling attack. They have made a 50 runs stand for the 3rd wicket in 87 balls.The pitch has shown less bounce as the day has progressed and can be a worrying factor for Zimbabwe when they are put on to bat by the visitors. So far New Zealand have a strong lead of 294 runs. BATTING: Kane Williamson 31 (57), Ross Taylor 20 (34)

  • 4:37 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES New Zealand 38/2 Overs 14: Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor have been watchful since the time they have come to the crease. Zimbabwe bowlers have bowled decent till now and have given some moments of worry to the New Zealand batsmen. The pitch is getting flat as the day has gone by and the Zimbabwe skipper has got spin into action now! New Zealand has a total lead of 258 runs. BATTING: Kane Williamson 9 (33), Ross Taylor 4 (16)

  • 4:09 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES New Zealand 29/2 Overs 8: Zimbabwe has struck back after lunch as they have removed both New Zealand openers in quick succession. Both Tom Latham and Martin Guptill who had scored centuries in the first innings have been sent back to the dressing room by Donald Tiripano and Michael Chinouya respectively. New Zealand now lead by 249 runs. BATTING: Kane Williamson 2 (7), Ross Taylor 2 (6)

  • 3:03 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES New Zealand 6/0 Overs 3: Lunch at Bulawayo on day 4. New Zealand have a firm grip over the match as they have a lead of 226 runs over Zimbabwe. The visitors will look to bat for sometime on day 4 and will look to declare once they get their total lead to a respectable total. The host will have to slow down their scoring rate if they want to have any chance in this match. BATTING: Tom Latham 6 (12), Martin Guptill 0 (6)

  • 2:54 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES New Zealand 6/0 Overs 1: New Zealand come out to bat second innings. They have decided to not enforce a follow-on and will bat with a lead of 220 runs in the second innings. BATTING: Tom Latham 6 (4), Martin Guptill 0 (0)

  • 2:46 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES Zimbabwe 362/10 Overs 143 : Craig Ervine’s innings has ended as he tries to score runs quickly. tries to heave over long off on Ish Sodhi’s bowling, but the timing isn’t good as Neil Wagner takes a easy catch at long on. Ervine departs with his career best of 146 (272). End of a spectacular innings from Ervine. Sodhi gets his 4th wicket of the match. New Zealand have a lead of 220 runs in the second innings as they do not force a follow-on. BATTING: Michael Chinouya 0 (2)

  • 2:35 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES Zimbabwe 352/9 Overs 142: Nyumbu departs as he tries to hit one down the ground. Top edges it straight in the hands of Mitchell Santner at midwicke. Sodhi gets his third wicket. 9 wickets down for Zimbabwe. Still trail by 230 runs. John Nyumbu c by Mitchell Santner b Ish Sodhi. BATTING: Craig Ervine 138 (268), Michael Chinouya 0 (1)

  • 2:12 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES Zimbabwe 328/8 Overs 137: Zimbabwe still needs 55 more runs to avoid the follow-on. They have lost 2 wickets in the morning session. Craig Ervine is the only glimmer of hope that the hosts have now. Will they be able to avoid the follow-on remains the biggest question for the session! BATTING: Craig Ervine 132 (258), John Nyumbu 1 (5)

  • 2:06 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES Zimbabwe 327/8 Overs 135:Zimbabwe innings has started to tumble as 8th wicket falls down. Donald Tiripano is lbw by Neil Wagner. That was rather full, but pitched just outside leg. Tirpiano cannot believe his luck as he walks out towards the dressing room! Donald Tirpiano lbw Neil Wagner 3 (28). BATTING: Craig Ervine 127 (247), John Nyumbu 0 (1)

  • 1:56 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES Zimbabwe 326/7 Overs 134:New Zealand spinners are getting some help from the pitch. The ball is moving in the air which is definitely a good sign. it remains to be seen what the pitch is going to offer for the spinners. BATTING: Craig Ervine 127 (247), Donald Tiripano 3 (26)

  • 1:34 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES Zimbabwe 320/7 Overs 128:Trent Boult Zealand as he gets his first wicket of the match as he gets Graeme Cremer The ball was pitched in line which the batsmen missed completely as Cremer tries to flick and is plumb! A well deserved wicket for Boult as he has worked hard for this! Donald Tiripano has come to the crease now. .BATTING: Craig Ervine 124 (232), Donald Tiripano 0 (5)

  • 1:29 PM IST

    Craig Ervine has looked in a good form since morning. He has been watching the balls closely and both the batsmen have not taken any risk so far. Ervine has hit two boundaries to start off today and those are also the first runs for Zimbabwe on Day 4. Ross Taylor drops a Greame Cremer at slip off Trent Boult’s bowling. The ball runs away for a boundary. Ross Taylor has missed is second catch in 2 days.BATTING: Craig Ervine 123 (231), Greame Cremer 8(36)

  • 1:12 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES Zimbabwe 305/6 Overs 123. Day 4 begins at Bulawayo as Zimbabwe still trails New Zealand by 277 runs. Zimbabwe are still short of 77 runs to avoid the follow-on. The host will ,Look to toil the day as much as they can and will want Craig Ervine to play maximum overs. Zimbabwe has started the day cautiously as the first two overs of the day have been maiden. The host do not look any hurry while the New Zealand seamers are trying variations since the first ball of the day. BATTING: Craig Ervine 115 (219), Greame Cremer 2 (24)

  • 8:23 PM IST

    LIVE CRICKET SCORES AND UPDATES Zimbabwe 305/6 Overs 120. Stumps at Bulawayo as Zimbabwe reach a respectable total of 305/6 at the end of Day 3. Resilient batting effort from Craig Ervine who scored his maiden Test hundred 115* along with debutant Peter Moor who scored brilliant 71 who together made a 148-run stand for the 6th wicket before Moor got dismissed in a soft fashion has helped the host to reach a respectable total of 305. The job is the hosts is not done yet as they require 77 to avoid the follow-on. BATTING: Craig Ervine 115 (213), Greame Cremer 2 (12)

Zimbabwe will hope for Craig Ervine to keep batting for the maximum time on Day 4 © AFP
Zimbabwe will hope for Craig Ervine to keep batting for the maximum time on Day 4 © AFP

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and live cricket updates of the third day’s play between New Zealand and Zimbabwe, at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. New Zealand will be pushing for another win against a lowly Zimbabwe, having amassed 582 for 4 declared in their first innings. The hosts have surprisingly made a very strong start, reaching 55 for no loss in their first innings so far. But an innings defeat can be said imminent for Zimbabwe’s batting line-up which neither has the depth or requisite experience to make strong replies to big totals even while playing at home. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Zimbabwe vs New Zealand 2016, 2nd Test at Bulawayo

Chamu Chibhabha was batting on 31 off 89 balls, with the help of 4 boundaries at stumps on the second day. Along with Chibhabha at the crease was Tino Mawoyo, who was on 20 not out off as many as 91 balls with the help of 4 boundaries.

The hosts will have to dig deep into the third day as there is ample amount of time left in the game for New Zealand to pick the required 20 wickets. Zimbabwe currently trail by 527 runs in the first innings.

It has been New Zealand all the way as far as this series is concerned. After winning the first Test handsomely, the Kiwis batsmen made merry against Zimbabwe in the second Test. Martin Guptill fell for 87, but Tom Latham (136), Kane Williamson (113) and Ross Taylor (124 not out) made most of the opportunities. Even New Zealand’s wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling hammered 10 boundaries to score 83 not out.

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD & BALL-BY-BALL COMMENTARY: Zimbabwe vs New Zealand 2016, 2nd Test at Bulawayo