23 Oct 2011

Black Caps win ODI series despite second Taylor century

8:35 am on 23 October 2011

The New Zealand cricketers have sealed a 2-0 series win in Zimbabwe after chasing down the home side to win the second one day international by four wickets at Harare.

The Black Caps were led home by opening batsman Martin Guptill's century while first drop Brendon McCullum hit 87 after Zimbabwe set the tourists a target of 260 for victory.

Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor's second successive unbeaten century led his team to a competitive 259 for eight but Guptill's 105 did the damage and New Zealand reached 261 for six with 10 balls remaining.

Graeme Aldridge debuted for the Black Caps after fellow bowler Kyle Mills didn't recover from a slight groin strain in time. Jesse Ryder caught a stomach bug and also sat out the match, replaced by BJ Watling.

Jacob Oram replaced Nathan McCullum in a straight selection swap.