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New Zealand move to brink of victory in first Test

AFP logoAFP 30/07/2016
BJ Watling (L) made 107 in a New Zealand total of 576 for six declared in the first of two Tests against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on July 30, 2016 © Provided by AFP BJ Watling (L) made 107 in a New Zealand total of 576 for six declared in the first of two Tests against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on July 30, 2016

Centuries from Ross Taylor and BJ Watling and a three-wicket haul from Trent Boult moved New Zealand closer to a huge win over Zimbabwe in the first Test at Queens Sports Club on Saturday.

After Taylor had scored an unbeaten 173 and Watling had made 107 in a New Zealand total of 576 for six declared, Boult struck three times in six deliveries to send Zimbabwe crashing to 121 for five at the close of day three.

Craig Ervine's unbeaten 49 ensured that the one-sided game will go into a fourth day after the hosts had collapsed to 17 for four in their second innings, but Zimbabwe still need another 291 runs to make New Zealand bat again.

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