New Zealand thrash Zim, win series

Bulawayo - Legspinner Ish Sodhi finished with seven wickets in the match as New Zealand wrapped up a 254-run victory over Zimbabwe in the second Test on Wednesday to sweep the series 2-0.

Although Zimbabwe showed some fight early on day five when nightwatchman Donald Tiripano and first-innings centurion Craig Ervine stood firm for the better part of 90 minutes, once they had fallen to some contentious umpiring decisions the hosts folded quickly.

Sodhi claimed three of the last four wickets to go down as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 132 in their second innings, to finish with match figures of 7 for 79.

Part-time spinner Martin Guptill also claimed three wickets in the second innings, taking 3 for 11 in seven overs.

New Zealand will now move on to South Africa, where they will face the Proteas in two Tests starting on August 19.

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