Zimbabwe, batting first, made 159 for eight in allotted 20 overs. Hamilton Masakadza top scored with 53 runs while Elton Chigumbura made 48. Michael bates took three wickets for New Zealand. In reply, New Zealand achieved the target for the loss of 3 wickets in 16.5 overs. Martin Guptill’s imperious 91 not out off 54 deliveries was the backbone of New Zealand’s 160 for three.
New Zealand beat Zimbabwe by seven wickets in their opening Twenty 20 International at Auckland.