HARARE - New Zealand captain Kane Williamson scored 90 to lay the foundations for a 38-run victory over Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club on Friday which gave the Kiwis the three-match one-day international series 2-1. New Zealand batted first and after starting cautiously finished strongly in a total of 273 for six wickets from their 50 overs.

Zimbabwe's openers added 97 runs in reply but the hosts lost wickets at regular intervals and fell well short of the target, bowled out for 235 in 47.4 overs. Williamson fell 10 runs short of a century but did record his sixth 50 in ODI cricket to provide the backbone of the visitors' innings. He featured in a 56-run partnership with Martin Guptill (42) and a 70-run stand with Grant Elliott. Williamson was caught after some sharp thinking from Craig Ervine, who took the dismissal on the boundary by padding the ball back into the air as his momentum threatened to carry him over the ropes before recovering to catch the ball.

New Zealand kept up hit a steady tempo with James Neesham, in for the injured Ross Taylor, and Nathan McCallum contributing a lusty 50 runs in the final five overs.

Sean Williams top-scored for the home team with 63 and Hamilton Masakadza made 57. Zimbabwe won the opening match of the series, all played in the capital, by seven wickets but lost the second when New Zealand reached their target without the loss of a wicket. New Zealand now go on to play a limited-overs series in South Africa.

Scoreboard

NEW ZEALAND:

M Guptill c H Masakadza b Cremer 42

T Latham c Cremer b Nyumbu 16

K Williamson c Ervine b Nyumbu 90

C Munro b Cremer 9

G Elliott c Chigumbura b Cremer 36

J Neesham not out 37

L Ronchi c Madziva b Williams 7

N McCullum not out 25

EXTRAS: (b1, nb2, w8) 11

TOTAL: (6 wkts, 50 overs) 273

FOW: 1-44, 2-100, 3-128, 4-198, 5-202, 6-223

BOWLING: T Panyangara 9-1-53-0(nb1, w2), N Madziva 6-0-41-0(w1), J Nyumbu 10-0-52-2(w-3) C Chibhabha 4-0-20-0, G Cremer 10-0-44-3, S Raza 4-0-19-0 , S Williams 7-0-43-1(nb1, w2)

ZIMBABWE:

H Masakadza c Wheeler b Williamson 57

C Chibhabha b McClenaghan 32

C Ervine run out 32

E Chigumbura c Guptill b Sodhi 3

S Williams c Guptill b Neesham 63

S Raza c Neesham b Sodhi 5

R Chakabva c&b N McCullum 3

G Cremer run out 14

N Madziva c Neesham b McClenaghan 2

T Panyangara b McClenaghan 7

J Nyumbu not out 1

EXTRAS: (lb6, w10) 16

TOTAL: (all out, 47.4 overs) 235

FOW: 1-97, 2-105, 3-114, 4-159, 5-172, 6-177, 7-212, 8-224, 9-232, 10-235

BOWLING: B Wheeler 9-1-34-0(w3), N McCullum 9-0-47-1, M McClenaghan 8.4-0-36-3(w3), J Neesham 3-1-16-1(w1, G Elliott 5-0-26-0, I Sodhi 10-0-47-2, K Williamson 3-0-23-1(w3)

UMPIRE: Richard Illingworth, Jeremiah Matibiri

TV UMPIRE: Russell Tiffin

MATCH REFEREE: David Boon