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Last Updated: Monday, 15 August 2005, 15:16 GMT 16:16 UK
Bond proves too hot for Zimbabwe
Second Test, Bulawayo, day one (close): Zimbabwe 231; New Zealand 48-2

Shane Bond
Bond is one of the fastest bowlers in world cricket
Shane Bond recorded his best figures in a Test by taking 6-51 as New Zealand bowled out Zimbabwe for 231 on the opening day in Bulawayo.

He took a wicket in each of his first three overs as the home side, bowled out for 59 and 99 in the first Test, slumped to 74-6.

They were rescued by skipper Tatenda Taibu, who made 76 before he was caught by Daniel Vettori off Bond.

The Kiwis had reached 48-2 in reply from eight overs at close of play.

During the morning session, Taibu soon had cause to rue his decision to bat first as pace bowler Bond ran though the top order.

Dion Ebrahim and Stuart Carlisle were lbw for nought and one and Hamilton Masakadza also registered a duck when he top edged an attempted pull and was caught at fine leg by Chris Martin.

The wickets were a further lift for Bond, who is playing in his first Test series for over two years following surgery on his back.

But it was James Franklin who ended a 58-run partnership between Brendan Taylor and Craig Wishart thanks to Nathan Astle's brilliant gully catch, which sent Wishart on his way for 30.

Tatenda Taibu
It sends a message to our dressing room that we can bat for a long period
Tatenda Taibu

Taylor collected eight boundaries in his 37 but Bond then found the edge to claim his 50th Test victim as keeper Brendon McCullum made no mistake.

There was worse to come for the home side when Heath Streak followed in similar fashion next ball as Bond improved his figures ot 5-11.

His downfall brought debutant Keith Dabengwa to the middle to face a hat-trick ball, but he managed to survive and showed commendable resolve either side of the lunch interval as he and Taibu tried to rebuild the innings.

Dabengwa hit a six and two fours before he was bowled by Martin for 17, but Mahwire proved an even more stubborn aide to his captain.

Together they added 88 for the eighth wicket, which must have pleased coach Phil Simmons, whose job is in jeopardy, according to local newspaper reports.

Taibu brought up his fifty off 110 balls but he and Mahwire were eventually separated after tea, and spinner Vettori cleaned up the tail.

Streak and Mahwire took the new ball as the Kiwis began their reply and it was the former who made the breakthrough when James Marshall was taken at gully by Stuart Carlisle for 10.

He was replaced by twin brother Hamish, who collected a boundary with a superbly timed cover drive off Mahwire.

But a catastrophic mix-up with partner Lou Vincent from the next ball saw him run out for 13 as the ball was relayed back to the bowler by Carlisle and Taibu.

It was the last action of the day, with Vincent unbeaten on 20 at stumps.

Zimbabwe: B R M Taylor, K M Dabengwa, D D Ebrahim, H Masakadza, C B Wishart, S V Carlisle, T Taibu (Capt, Wkt), H H Streak N B Mahwire, A G Cremer, C B Mpofu.

New Zealand: J A H Marshall, L Vincent, H J H Marshall S P Fleming (Capt), N J Astle, S B Styris, B B McCullum (Wkt) D L Vettori, J E C Franklin, S E Bond, C S Martin.



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