New Zealand will be desperate to level the series against Zimbabwe when the two sides meet in the second of three ODIs at Harare. The Zimbabwe v New Zealand 2nd ODI betting tips can be checked out below.
New Zealand won by 10 wickets and as we had predicted, Martin Guptill top-scored with an unbeaten 116.
Not too many would have envisaged what just transpired in the opening ODI of this three-match series. New Zealand were as short as 1/4 to won their opener despite the obvious absence of Brendon McCullum and some of their other leading quick bowlers, and yet, went down to Zimbabwe with an over to spare in the opener.
In fact, when New Zealand went on to score 303 for four in their 50 overs, they looked set for a convincing win but an inspired 130 off the bat of Craig Ervine and an excellent hand from Hamilton Masakadza saw the side through to a win.
Earlier, Zimbabwe seemed to have made a decent start to their bowling as well, getting the better of both the New Zealand openers relatively cheaply. Martin Guptill, who smashed a double-century in the World Cup, went for 11 while Tom Latham scored just 14.
It was captain Kane Richardson’s third ODI score in the 90s – he missed his ton by three – and Ross Taylor’s unbeaten 112 ensured New Zealand’s recovery. They were then propped up to the 300-plus total by Grat Elliot’s 32-ball 43.
New Zealand could have gotten themselves to something more than their final total of 303, as harsh as that sounds, and that’s where the game might have turned. Of course, Masakadza’s 84 and his 120-run stand for the second wicket obviously helped Zimbabwe.
By the time they lost Masakadza as their second scalp, Zimbabwe had gotten themselves to 194 in 35 overs and required the remaining 110 runs from 15 overs at shade over seven an over. Ervine ensured they would get to it without trouble.
Unfortunately for New Zealand, the bowling as a unit fell apart. Nathan McCullum picked up three but was the most expensive bowler as well, while Mitchell McClenaghan was expected to lead the attack but ended with figures of 0/47 from his nine.
Can New Zealand turn things around after that shock defeat?
Zimbabwe v New Zealand ODIs head to head:
It’s 25-9 in favour despite the first ODI loss with one other match having ended in a tie.
Zimbabwe v New Zealand 2nd ODI betting tips:
New Zealand to win: 3/10
Guptill to be New Zealand’s top batsman: 7/2
Match starts at 9 am local time (0700 hours GMT, 7 pm Wellington time) on August 4.