New Zealand secured a dramatic five-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in the final Twenty20 to condemn the visitors to a win-less tour.
Kane Williamson (20) scored 14 runs in the final over to seal the win with two balls to spare after half-centuries from openers James Franklin (60) and Rob Nicol (56). The result capped a dismal tour for Zimbabwe, who proved competitive in the two Twenty20s but were outclassed by New Zealand in a one-off Test and three One-Day Internationals.
The tourists saved their best performance for the final match, choosing to bat and scoring 200 for two, their best score in cricket’s shortest format. Hamilton Masakadza (62) and captain Brendan Taylor (75) anchored the innings but fell just short after Williamson, in only his third Twenty20, steered the Black Caps home.
“It’s bitterly disappointing but we can hold our heads high,” said Taylor. “If we’re going to get that type of total, we’re going to be a lot more competitive in the future.”
Published in The Express Tribune, February 15th, 2012.