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Not to be confused with New Zealand cricket team in Zimbabwe in 2011–12.

Zimbabwean cricket team in New Zealand in 2012
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg
Zimbabwe
Flag of New Zealand.svg
New Zealand
Dates 26 January 2012 – 14 February 2012
Captains Brendan Taylor Ross Taylor
Test series
Result New Zealand won the 1-match series 1–0
Most runs Regis Chakabva (66) Ross Taylor (122)
Most wickets Chris Martin (8) Graeme Cremer (2)
Player of the series Chris Martin (NZL)
One Day International series
Result New Zealand won the 3-match series 3–0
Most runs Brendan Taylor (127) Martin Guptill (232)
Most wickets Shingirai Masakadza (5) Rob Nicol (5)
Kyle Mills (5)
Twenty20 International series
Result New Zealand won the 2-match series 2–0
Most runs Hamilton Masakadza (115) Martin Guptill (91)
Most wickets Kyle Jarvis (4) Michael Bates (4)

The Zimbabwean cricket team toured New Zealand from 26 January to 14 February 2012. The tour consisted of one Test, three One Day Internationals (ODIs) and two Twenty20 (T20) matches.

New Zealand won the tour's sole Test in Napier by an innings and 301 runs, setting new records for New Zealand's largest Test victory and Zimbabwe's biggest Test defeat. New Zealand won the ODI series 3–0, and the T20I series 2–0.

The second ODI was the first international match played in Whangarei, held at Cobham Oval.

Background

For Zimbabwe, captained by Brendan Taylor the one-off Test was their first overseas since returning from their five-year absence from Test cricket. New Zealand, led by Ross Taylor, entered the Test as the eighth-ranked Test team by the International Cricket Council. Their most recent Test series had been a 1–1 draw in Australia.

Squads

Tests ODIs T20I's
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe

Tour Matches

Three-day: New Zealand XI v Zimbabweans

21–23 January
Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
272/7d (73.5 overs)
v Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
329 (107 overs)
Match drawn
Harry Barker Reserve, Gisborne
Umpires: Barry Frost (New Zealand) and Tim Parlane (New Zealand)
BJ Watling 84 (181)
Shingirai Masakadza 2/36 (11 overs)
Regis Chakabva 87* (148)
Neil Wagner 3/86 (19 overs)
274/5 (62 overs)
Kruger van Wyk 61(74)
Graeme Cremer 1/56 (12 overs)
  • New Zealand XI won the toss and chose to bat

Test series

Only Test

26–28 January
Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
495/7d (123.4 overs)
v Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
51 (28.5 overs)
New Zealand won by an innings and 301 runs
McLean Park, Napier
Umpires: Enamul Haque (Ban) and Rod Tucker (Aus)
Player of the match: Chris Martin
Ross Taylor 122 (201)
Graeme Cremer 2/112 (22 overs)
Malcolm Waller 23 (42)
Chris Martin 2/5 (6 overs)
143 (48.3 overs) (f/o)
Regis Chakabva 63 (119)
Chris Martin 6/26 (8.3 overs)
  • Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to field.
  • Play on Day 2 ended early due to rain.
  • Test debuts: Shingi Masakadza and Forster Mutizwa (both Zimbabwe)
  • Zimbabwe's first innings total of 51 is their lowest total in Tests.
  • Zimbabwe's first innings total of 51 is the lowest score made against New Zealand by any nation.
Day 1

Zimbabwe won the toss and put New Zealand into bat. Ross Taylor made an unbeaten sixth Test hundred just before stumps on day one. New Zealand collected 331 runs for the loss of five wickets, with half-centuries to Brendon McCullum (83) and Martin Guptill (51) helping set up a strong total. Playing their first away Test since the Centurion in March 2005, Zimbabwe's seamers failed to exploit favourable early conditions. Ross Taylor made a century and New Zealand was 5/331 at stumps.

Day 2

Only 15.2 overs were bowled on the second day of the Test at McLean Park before light, but persistent, rain set in to make further play impossible. Ross Taylor retired hurt on 122*, and BJ Watling made unbeaten fifty, his second in Test cricket, as New Zealand was 5/392 at stumps.

Day 3

New Zealand added another 103 runs in the first hour of play. After Watling (102*) made his first career century, as New Zealand declared at drinks for 7dec/495.

The New Zealand bowlers decimated the Zimbabwean batting line-up in its first innings. Zimbabwe was reduced to 5/20 at lunch, and dismissed for 51 in the 29th over, with Malcolm Waller (23) the only Zimbabwean to reach double figures. The New Zealand bowlers shared the wickets, with all four fast bowlers (Martin, Southee, Bracewell and Boult) claiming two wickets each. Leading by 444 runs, New Zealand enforced the follow-on.

The second innings started no better, as Zimbabwe was reduced to 5/12 shortly after tea, with Chris Martin taking three early wickets. Zimbabwe finally managed to compile some partnerships in the lower order, with Regis Chakabva (63) and Graeme Cremer (26) adding 63 for the seventh wicket. New Zealand ultimately dismissed Zimbabwe again inside extended play at the end of the day, for a score of 143. Chris Martin (6/26) and Doug Bracewell (3/26) were the leading bowlers in the second innings, and Martin was named man of the match, with match figures of 8/31.

Records

Zimbabwe's first innings total of 51 set a new record for Zimbabwe's lowest completed innings total, breaking the previous mark of 54 set against South Africa in Cape Town in 2005, and was the lowest innings total ever conceded by New Zealand, breaking the previous mark of 59 which was also set against Zimbabwe in 2005 in Harare. The margin of an innings and 301 runs set a new record for the largest win in New Zealand's history, and the heaviest defeat in Zimbabwe's history,; in both cases, the previous record was an innings and 294 runs, set in that same 2005 match in Harare. It was only the third occasion of a team being twice bowled out inside a single day of a Test match, and the second time New Zealand had done it to Zimbabwe, the feat being previously achieved in the 2005 Harare Test.

ODI series

1st ODI

3 February

Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
248 (48.3 overs)
v Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
158 (41.1 overs)
New Zealand won by 90 runs
University Oval, Dunedin
Umpires: Enamul Haque (Ban) and Chris Gaffaney (NZ)
Man of the Match: Martin Guptill (NZ)
Martin Guptill 70 (66)
Shingi Masakadza 4/46 (9.3 overs)
Brendan Taylor 58 (68)
Rob Nicol 4/19 (4.1 overs)


2nd ODI

6 February

Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
372/6 (50 overs)
v Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
231/8 (50 overs)
New Zealand won by 141 runs
Cobham Oval, Whangarei
Umpires: Tony Hill (NZ) and Rod Tucker (Aus)
Man of the Match: Rob Nicol (NZ)
Rob Nicol 146 (134)
Prosper Utseya 3/71 (10 overs)
Elton Chigumbura 63 (69)
Jacob Oram 3/29 (10 overs)


3rd ODI

9 February

Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
373/8 (50 overs)
v Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
171 (44 overs)
New Zealand won by 202 runs
McLean Park, Napier
Umpires: Gary Baxter (NZ) and Enamul Haque (Ban)
Man of the Match: Brendon McCullum (NZ)
Brendon McCullum 119 (88)
Kyle Jarvis 2/58 (9 overs)
Brendan Taylor 65 (62)
Kane Williamson 2/13 (3 overs)


Twenty20 series

1st T20I

11 February

Scorecard
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
159/8 (20)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
160/3 (16.5)
New Zealand won by 7 wickets
Eden Park, Auckland
Umpires: Gary Baxter and Barry Frost (both NZ)
Man of the Match: Martin Guptill (NZ)
Hamilton Masakadza 53 (36)
Michael Bates 3/31 (4 overs)
Martin Guptill 91* (54)
Kyle Jarvis 2/32 (3 overs)


2nd T20I

14 February

Scorecard
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg Zimbabwe
200/2 (20 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
202/5 (19.4 overs)
New Zealand won by 5 wickets
Seddon Park, Hamilton
Umpires: Chris Gaffaney and Tony Hill (both NZ)
Man of the Match: James Franklin (NZ)
Brendan Taylor 75* (43)
Elton Chigumbura 2/23 (3 overs)
James Franklin 60 (37)
Ronnie Hira 1/31 (3 overs)



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