New Zealand will look to finish the job on 5th Day vs Zimbabwe- New Zealand 582 for 4 decl. (Latham 136, Taylor 124*, Williamson 113, Guptill 87, Watling 83) and 118 for 2 decl. (Williamson 68*, Taylor 67*) beat Zimbabwe 362 (Ervine 146, Moor 71, Chibhabha 60, Sodhi 4-60) and 132 (Mawoyo 35, Guptill 3-11, Sodhi 3-19) by 254 runs
The Black Caps dominated the Test series albeit Zimbabwe showed good fight in the 2 Tests. Now the focus shifts to their South Africa tour which starts from August 19th. Zimbabwe’s next assignment is against Sri Lanka in October.
“It was a great effort from the boys. It was a tough wicket to get 20 wickets. Credit to the bowlers. Also, Zimbabwe showed good fightback. Personally, they are not on my agenda (talking about his records). My focus is on the team. Ross is batting unbelievably well. Guys are playing good cricket and it’s important that we continue it. The hospitality has been great here.” said Williamson who won Man of the Match.
Neil Wagner was awarded the Man of the Series.
Despite the decisions, the end result reflects the difference between the two teams. While New Zealand had three centurions in each Test, Zimbabwe only had two in the series and could not string together enough big partnerships. Zimbabwe were unable to bowl New Zealand out even once and managed just 12 wickets in the series.