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Southee leads Kiwis to thumping win over Zimbabwe

Last updated on: March 04, 2011 15:52 IST

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New Zealand's opening batsmen complemented the efforts of their bowlers as they thrashed Zimbabwe by 10 wickets to notch their second World Cup win on Friday.

Pacer Tim Southee led a disciplined New Zealand bowling show to skittle Zimbabwe for 162 runs after the Africans chose to bat first in the Group A match at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad.

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Southee bowled full and fast to pick three wickets for 29 while captain Daniel Vettori and Kyle Mills, who returned from a back injury in place of batsman Jamie How, claimed two wickets apiece.

Tim SoutheeOpeners Martin Guptill (86 not out, 7x4, 2x6) and Brendon McCullum (76 not out, 95 balls, 6x4, 2x6) then came back and swatted away whatever Zimbabwe threw at them and reached the target in under 34 overs.

Both the right-handers were equally comfortable against medium pace and spin and used their feet well to deny their opponents any breakthroughs.

Zimbabwe got off to a poor start in the morning after captain Elton Chigumbura opted to bat first on a placid pitch.

The run-out of opener Charles Coventry in the second over of the morning put Zimbabwe on the back-foot early and the New Zealand bowlers ensured their opponents never recovered from there.

The maximum damage was done within the first 15 overs of the innings when Zimbabwe lost half their side with just 46 runs on the board.

Opener Brendan Taylor (44) put up some resistance and along with Greg Lamb added 40 runs for the sixth wicket, which helped Zimbabwe get past three figures.

Prosper Utseya, with a gritty knock of 36 managed to take the African nation past the 150-run mark.

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