George Worker steer New Zealand to 198

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9th August, 2015 06:51:08 printer

George Worker steer New Zealand to 198

Martin Guptill also played a healthy knock

Debutante batsman George Worker played an impressive knock of 62 as they comfortably steered New Zealand to a challenging total of 198 for the loss of five wickets, against Zimbabwe in the one-off T20 at the Harare Sports Club in Harare.


 Earlier, Zimbabwe skipper, Elton Chigumbura won the toss and elected to field first.


For New Zealand, batsman Worker makes his debut, while both the teams move in with a strong batting squad, with an aim to put runs on the board and if possible, chases down a hefty total set by the team batting first, as the pitch promises runs.


New Zealand openers, Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill began proceedings on a shaky note as with just 26 runs on board, skipper, Williamson was dismissed for 20 by Taurai Muzarabani.


However, it was followed by a healthy 49-run stand between Guptill and debutante George Worker, before Guptill was dismissed for 33 by Sean Williams. Out came Grant Elliott, but lasted only for a brief spell as he was able to contribute a mere eight runs, before falling to Graeme Cremer.


Nevertheless, it was followed by another 49-run stand between Worker and Luke Ronchi, as Worker brought up his maiden T20 fifty on debut. However, it was at the score of 142, when Worker was dismissed for an impressive 62 after being bowled by Williams.


It was followed by another brief spell of 15 runs between Ronchi and Colin Munroe, as Ronchi fell for 29 to Williams again, after being caught by Craig Ervine.


Then the final pair of Nathan MacCullum and Monroe that batted out till the end as New Zealand posted a challenging total of 198 for the loss of five.


Brief scores:


New Zealand 198 for 5 in 20 Overs (George Worker 62, Martin Guptill 33; Sean Williams 3 for 28) vs Zimbabwe.