16 Oct 2011

McCullum leads NZ to 10-wicket win

6:21 am on 16 October 2011

Brendon McCullum slammed an unbeaten 81 as the New Zealand cricketers raced to a 10-wicket win in the first Twenty20 international against Zimbabwe in Harare.

The Black Caps shook off the rust of no international play in over six months as McCullum blasted six sixes and five fours off 46 balls after the Black Caps bowlers set up the victory, restricting Zimbabwe to 123 for eight in their 20 overs after being sent in.

Home skipper Brendan Taylor was the only Zimbabwe batsman to shine, making 50 not out.

Opening bowler Kyle Mills and off-spinner Nathan McCullum took two wickets each in a steady New Zealand bowling performance.

McCullum and Martin Guptill made the target look ridiculously easy, needing only 13 overs and three balls to score the required runs, Guptill hitting 40 not out including two sixes and two fours from 30 balls.

The game is the first of two Twenty20s, followed by three one dayers and a one-off Test.

The tour also marks the start of Ross Taylor's term as New Zealand captain.