Ervine century halts New Zealand dominance

Ervine, a 30-year-old left-hander, was unbeaten on 115 after cracking 15 fours in 213 balls at Queens Sports Club to rescue the host from 185 for 5 at lunch on the third day in reply to New Zealand’s 582-4 declared.

Craig Ervine celebrates his century during the third day of the second test at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo.   -  Getty Images

Craig Ervine scored his maiden test century and Peter Moor hit 71 on debut as Zimbabwe fought back in the second Test to reach 305 for 6 in its first innings at stumps on Monday and avoid the follow-on against New Zealand.

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Ervine, a 30-year-old left-hander, was unbeaten on 115 after cracking 15 fours in 213 balls at Queens Sports Club to rescue the host from 185 for 5 at lunch on the third day in reply to New Zealand’s 582-4 declared.

Moor gave Ervine solid support after lunch, showing no nerves in his first Test with composed stroke play, including 11 fours.

The pair shared a 148-run partnership for the sixth wicket before Moor was eventually caught by Martin Guptill at midwicket off legspinner Ish Sodhi (2-41).

New Zealand leads the two-test series 1-0.

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