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NZ close to victory in 2nd Zimbabwe Test

Associated Press logo Associated Press 9/08/2016

New Zealand are closing in on victory in the second Test against Zimbabwe after reducing the hosts to 5-112 at lunch on Wednesday's final day in Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe, set a winning target of 387, are still 275 runs behind.

The target was set after New Zealand closed their second innings at 2-166, the Kiwis' second declaration of the Test following a first-up total of 4(dec)-582.

Zimbabwe resumed on Wednesday at 3-58, with first-innings century-maker Craig Ervine and nightwatchman Donald Tiripano initially resisting the Black Caps' attack by rotating the strike well and pushing into the gaps.

Tiripano was trapped lbw by spinner Mitchell Santner for 22 as New Zealand's slow bowlers tightened the screws on a turning Queens Sports Club wicket.

Ervine then departed after nicking a Martin Guptill legbreak to wicketkeeper BJ Watling for 27.

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