Franklin leads Kiwi’s to victory in Hamilton

February 14, 2012
Seddon Park

by Kieran Connellan

T20 Series, Hamilton
New Zealand 202/5 (19.4 overs) beat Zimbabwe (20 overs) by 5 wickets (2 balls to spare)

In a high scoring contest in Hamilton, New Zealand edged out Zimbabwe largely thanks to a devastating innings at the top of the order from James Franklin.

New Zealand did not have it all their own way this morning, as batting first, Zimbabwe posted 200-2 from their allotted 20 overs. Zimbabwe’s captain Brendan Taylor made an impressive 75 not out from just 43 balls in an innings that included 6 fours and 3 sixes.

Needing over 10 runs per over for victory, New Zealand got off to the best possible start with Rob Nicol and James Franklin taking the attack to the Zimbabwe bowlers. The pair added 103 for the first wicket, inside 10 overs before Nicol was dismissed by Chigumbura for 56. Franklin soon followed when he was run out for 60. The left hander faced just 37 balls and his innings included 5 towering sixes.

New Zealand lost further wickets towards the back end of the innings, and had it not been for a quick fire 20 from 5 balls from Kane Williamson, Zimbabwe would have had their first win of the tour.

The Scoop 14/02/2012

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