New Zealand completed a massive drubbing of Zimbabwe at Bulawayo to clinch the first test in some serious fashion. After bowling out the hosts for a paltry 164 in the first innings, the Kiwi batsmen made it a team show as the visitors went on to amass 576-6. From the batting front, three batsmen registered the three-figure mark as skipper Kane Williamson was unfortunate to miss out as he fell just nine runs short of what would have been a fine century.
The bowlers, though, were in no mood to spare the Zimbabweans as powered by left-arm pacer Trent Boult’s emphatic performance, the Kiwis won the game by an innings and 117 runs. Zimbabwe batsman Sean Williams scored his maiden test century and it was an innings full of resilience and guts.
Post his side’s dominating performance; Williamson heaped praises on his bowlers for asserting their dominance. “The way we bowled in the first innings was a huge part of how we got ahead. When you are trying to bowl that again, it’s going to be extremely challenging,” Williamson said. “Sometimes, on surfaces like this one, you need to try and be a little bit creative. You want to try and make things hostile and difficult but you also need to be patient and build pressure.”
The left-arm pace duo of Neil Wagner and Trent Boult was simply superb as both the pacers had a ball in each innings. “It was a very good effort to get 20 wickets. We knew it was going to be tough. We had to fight very hard to pick up the wickets that we did. It’s about thinking on your feet and staying ahead of the game,” Williamson further added, about the task accomplished by his pacers.
“The bowlers did a fantastic job which certainly makes any captain’s job easier. The spinner’s bowled well and the seamers certainly led the way which was great,” the New Zealand captain concluded.