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ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

NZ annihilate Zimbabwe


New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill plays on the on-side on his way to an unbeaten 86 during their 10-wicket win over Zimbabwe at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad yesterday.Photo: AFP

New Zealand romped to a clinical 10-wicket victory against Zimbabwe in the World Cup on Friday, boosting their chances of making it to the quarterfinals.
After bowling out the African nation for just 162, the Kiwis rode on unbeaten half-centuries by Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum to canter to the target with 99 balls to spare in the Group A clash at the Sardar Patel Stadium.
The opening partnership between Guptill (86) and McCullum (76) was the highest for the tournament.
The victory, the second for New Zealand by a 10-wicket margin in the tournament, moved them up in the table with four points from three games. Pakistan lead the charts with three wins from as many matches.
Guptill, named man of the match, launched New Zealand's chase with a bang, carting seven fours and two sixes off 108 balls on way to his 10th ODI half-century.
McCullum was equally belligerent, hitting six fours and two sixes in his 95-ball knock.
"It was a good partnership," said McCullum. "It was definitely made a lot easier by the way we bowled. I thought we were outstanding with the ball."
"A win like this is very good for confidence."
New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori said the win was a much-needed confidence boost.
"I think it's the performance that we were looking for. Now we've got to replicate that against some of the bigger nations," he said.
Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura cut a sorry figure as he tried to explain his team's capitulation.
"It was a very disappointing game from us from ball one up to the end," he said. "Losing quick wickets is a problem. It's a game we will like to forget quickly and move onto the next one."
Earlier, seamers Tim Southee, Kyle Mills and Scott Styris shared six wickets after Chigumbura won the toss and elected to bat on a benign wicket.

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