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09-Aug-2015 16:47:00 GMT
Zimbabwe v New Zealand, only T20, Harare

Debutant Worker Powers New Zealand to T20 Triumph

Harare: George Worker compiled a brisk 62 off just 38 balls on his international debut to enable New Zealand to complete their brief limited overs tour of Zimbabwe with an easy 80-run win in their only Twenty20 international on Sunday.

Worker's contribution powered New Zealand to 198 for five at the Harare Sports Club, a total far too challenging for the home sid, who could only muster 118 for eight. Left-hander Worker came in at No. 3 and took eight balls to get off the mark but, once into gear, brought up his swift half-century off 33 balls with one of his four sixes. Martin Guptill (33) and Luke Ronchi (29) also contributed to a steady run haul.

The 25-year-old had topped the run-scoring charts in last season's Ford Trophy, but was a late addition to the New Zealand squad for the tour after Mitchell Santner was ruled out by a thumb injury.

After striking four sixes and three fours, Worker finally perished when he advanced down the track and was bowled by Sean Williams, who was the only Zimbabwe bowler to escape major punishment as he took 3 for 28 in four overs.

The New Zealand total matched Pakistan's 198 for four at the same ground in September 2011, while Worker's score was the eighth highest by a player on T20 international debut and the third highest by a New Zealander.

Zimbabwe's reply never made it off the ground, with four of their top five failing to reach double figures as they slumped to 34 for four in the opening seven overs.

Craig Ervine was the only batsman capable of taking on a threatening New Zealand bowling display, but his 42 made little impact on such a hefty target.

Fast bowlers Adam Milne and Mitchell McClenaghan were menacing even on a relatively placid pitch, with Milne recording figures of 2 for 10 from four overs in his first game for New Zealand since the World Cup quarter-final against West Indies in March.

Zimbabwe lost a wicket in each of the opening three overs after which they were always well behind in the chase.

Only Craig Ervine, who had scored a maiden ODI century last week, offered any resistance after being dropped first ball. He scored 42 off 46 balls. New Zealand, who also beat Zimbabwe 2-1 in the ODI series, now head to South Africa, where they play two T20 internationals and three ODIs.

Brief scores
New Zealand -
198 for 5 (Worker 62, Williams 3-28)
Zimbabwe - 118 for 8 (Ervine 42, Milne 2-10)
Result -  New Zealand won by 80 runs
MOM - George Worker (New Zealand)
Player of the series - Craig Ervine (Zimbabwe)

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