New Zealand expectedly trumped Zimbabwe in the short two-Test series at Bulawayo. They beat the hosts by an innings and 117 runs in the first Test, and by 254 runs in the second. Here’s a look at the top performers in the series
Going into eighth day of the series between New Zealand and Australia, the visitors had not dominated a single day. The first Test at the Gabba in Brisbane completely belonged to the hosts, and Australia won all sessions on day one at Perth as well
Although Zimbabwe will not go into the second match of the one-day series against New Zealand as favourites in spite of having won the first match, they will be high on confidence following the adrenaline-pumping win.
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor hit hundreds for New Zealand, and featured in a third wicket partnership of 206 as the Kiwis chased down a target of 303 set by England earlier in the day. New Zealand lost a few wickets to towards the end of the day
The Kiwis have often gone into World Cups as underdogs, and have ended up exceeding expectations more often than not. Their record in the World Cup speaks for itself -- six semi-final appearances in 10 editions.