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New Zealand eye victory

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New Zealand's seamers struck three vital blows on the fourth evening to keep the tourists on track for victory in the second Test against Zimbabwe at Queens Sports Club on Tuesday. 

After Neil Wagner had removed Chamu Chibhabha 40 minutes before the close of play, Trent Boult and Tim Southee struck twice in the final three balls of the day to send Zimbabwe to stumps on 58-3 in pursuit of an improbable 387 for victory.

After bowling Zimbabwe out for 362 in their first innings to earn a 220-run lead, New Zealand opted against enforcing the follow-on and instead spent the afternoon building a formidable target.

With Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor putting on an unbroken stand of 140 in the space of 30 overs, Williamson was able to declare on 166-2 and allow his bowlers 26 overs at the Zimbabwean batsmen during the evening session.

Although openers Chibhabha and Tino Mawoyo made a promising start in reaching 45 without loss, three wickets left Zimbabwe facing a long final day to avoid defeat.

Survival will be top of the agenda for the hosts on an excellent batting wicket but they must find a way to counter the prodigious swing of the New Zealand seamers.

New Zealand lead the two-match series 1-0 after an innings and 117-run victory in the first Test.

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