Taylor century leads Zimbabwe against New Zealand

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP)—Captain Brendan Taylor hit an undefeated century and
Forster Mutizwa scored a half-century Thursday as Zimbabwe totaled 231-6 in the
first one-day international against New Zealand at Harare Sports Club.

Taylor and Mutizwa batted responsibly and showed great intent, finding the
gaps with some easy and punishing the bad deliveries with some innovative shots.

Taylor, 128 not out, shared a fifth wicket stand of 156 runs with Forster

Mutizwa (69) to rescue their team after collapsing to 4-21 in the 11th over.

Taylor faced 120 balls and smashed seven boundaries and five sixes as he
rode his luck after being dropped on 58 by Andy McKay on the boundary off Nathan

Mutizwa played a crucial cameo, hitting three fours and a six in his 98
balls before getting out to a thin outside edge off James Franklin to
wicketkeeper Brendon MCullum.

Pace bowler Doug Bracewell took three top-order wickets in his New Zealand
debut to record figures of 3-55.

Bracewell first removed opener Vusi Sibanda (5) with an accurate delivery
that was out-side edged behind to keeper Brendan McCullum.

Hamilton Masakadza was out for a duck after he was clean-bowled by a fuller
Bracewell ball to begin the slid.

Bracewell struck again when Chamu Chibhabha on 5 nicked a rising delivery
behind to McCullum.

Wicketkeeper Tatenda Taibu then miscued a cover drive off James Franklin to
be caught by Kane Williamson.

The only other wicket to fall for Zimbabwe was Elton Chigumbura, who fell to
Andy McKay for 9.

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