McCullum blows Zimbabwe away

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Ross Taylor started his tenure as New Zealand skipper with a 10-wicket demolition of Zimbabwe in the opening Twenty20 at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

Ross Taylor started his tenure as New Zealand skipper with a 10-wicket demolition of Zimbabwe in the opening Twenty20 at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

Opener Brendon McCullum smashed 81 from 46 balls as the Black Caps chased down Zimbabwe's 123 for eight with ease. The 30-year-old was at his very best as he cleared the ropes no fewer than six times and also hit five fours.

Although he played second fiddle to the impressive McCullum, Martin Guptill also enjoyed himself with 40 from 36 balls, including two sixes and two fours.

McCullum finished the match with a six over long-on as the Kiwis reached 127 without loss in just 13.3 overs.

Zimbabwe's bowlers though are not the only ones who deserve criticism as the batsmen also let the team down earlier in the day. Captain Brendan Taylor was the only one to stand firm against the Black Caps' bowlers.

Kyle Mills removed openers Hamilton Masakadza and Chamu Chibhabha in his second and third over respectively.

Taylor and Forster Mutizwa (16) added 28 for the third wicket before the latter was out lbw to spinner Luke Woodcock. The wickets kept tumbling after that and Taylor was left stranded on 50 not out off 46 balls.

Mills finished with two for 15 and Nathan McCullum took two for 17 while debutant Doug Bracewell claimed the wicket of Elton Chigumbura for 26 runs.

The second match takes place at the same venue on Monday before the teams play in three ODIs.

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