Bulawayo: Zimbabwe produced passages of impressive Test-match attrition, but let themselves down with the odd moment of madness, allowing Daniel Vettori to give New Zealand a decisive advantage midway into the evening session. Zimbabwe were bowled out 113 runs adrift in the first innings, but clawed back towards parity with two early blows in the second dig, leaving New Zealand effectively 141 for 2, with two days to play.
Zimbabwe could have been in a far better position if they hadn't gifted away three big wickets on either side of lunch. Two of the culprits - Vusi Sibanda and Brendan Taylor - had looked in control until their respective moments of indiscretion, after seeing off an incisive opening burst from the seamers. Their largesse, however, reduced Zimbabwe to a dodgy 198 for 5, before Malcolm Waller reprised his father Andrew's feat of scoring a debut fifty in Bulawayo to haul them past 300.
Sibanda, out seven short of a maiden ton, was the only man to miss out on what turned out to be a day for milestones. Waller's was the most unusual feat of the lot, but Vettori's 350th Test wicket, Chris Martin's 200th, and Taylor's fourth successive score of 50-plus on the tour kept the statisticians working overtime.