HARARE (Agencies) - Rob Nicol became the second New Zealand batsman in history to hit a century on one-day debut as the Black Caps cruised to a nine-wicket victory over Zimbabwe on Thursday. The opener finished unbeaten on 108 as New Zealand controlled proceedings throughout the match, with a 156-run stand in Zimbabwe's innings their only annoyance in the series opener at Harare Sports Club. Centurion Brendan Taylor and Forster Mutizwa were the stubborn duo, but with no other host batsman reaching double figures Zimbabwe could manage no more than 231 for six after winning the toss and electing to bat first on a benign pitch. Only six batsmen in history had scored a one-day hundred on debut prior to Thursday, but one of them was Nicol's opening partner Martin Guptill, who enjoyed a 153-run partnership with him as the Black Caps showed just how ordinary Zimbabwe's score was in the conditions. Jarvis went for 59 in his six overs and looked a beaten man by the end of it. However he did play a role in the only wicket to fall when he safely pouched Guptill at long-on off the bowling of Masakadza. Guptill's replacement Brendon McCullum was eager to cash in and attacked the bowlers at every opportunity on his way to a fluent 39 not out. Shortly after reaching his century in 120 deliveries, Nicol had the honour of hitting the winning run as New Zealand coasted home with more than six overs to spare. The ease with which they maintained their winning run on tour was largely down to debutant Doug Bracewell's opening burst, during which he claimed the scalps of Zimbabwe's top three to reduce them to 21 for four after 11 overs. Facing the prospect of an embarrassingly low total, Taylor led the fight back with 128 not out and was ably assisted by Forster Mutizwa, who scored his first one-day half-century in two years. Taylor hit just 4 fours on his way to a 66-ball half-century, but opened up brilliantly as his knock wore on and ultimately made Bracewell's figures look fairly ordinary as he clubbed three sixes in the right-armer's final over. Mutizwa was happy to push the ones and twos on an enormous outfield, and his fourth one-day fifty took 85 balls and contained just two boundaries. Taylor was pacing his innings to perfection and went to three figures in 109 deliveries, before getting stuck into the final overs to give his bowlers something to defend. It was never likely to be enough, and the hosts were guilty of sending down far too many loose balls and the resulting lack of pressure made New Zealand's task all too simple. SCOREBOARD ZIMBABWE: V Sibanda c B McCullum b Bracewell 5 C Chibhabha c B McCullum b Bracewell 6 H Masakadza b Bracewell 0 B Taylor not out 128 T Taibu c Williamson b Franklin 4 F Mutizwa c B. McCullum b Franklin 69 E Chigumbura c B. McCullum b McKay 9 P Utseya not out 7 EXTRAS: (lb2, w1) 3 TOTAL: (6 wkts, 50 overs) 231 FOW: 1-5, 2-7, 3-12, 4-21, 5-177, 6-192 BOWLING: Mills 10-1-29-0, Bracewell 10-2-55-3, Franklin 7-0-37-2, McKay 9-0-36-1, Nicol 5-0-23-0, N. McCullum 9-0-49-0 NEW ZEALAND: RJ Nicol not out 108 MJ Guptill c Jarvis b Masakadza 74 BB McCullum not out 39 EXTRAS: (lb2, wb7, nb2) 11 TOTAL: (1 wicket; 43.3 overs) 232 FOW: 1-153 BOWLING: CB Mpofu 10-1-46-0, KM Jarvis 6-0-59-0, RW Price 10-0-45-0, P Utseya 9-0-41-0, E Chigumbura 4-0-21-0, H Masakadza 3-0-13-1, CJ Chibhabha 1-0-4-0, V Sibanda 0.3-0-1-0 TOSS: Zimbabwe UMPIRES: B Oxenford (Aus), R Tiffin (Zim) TV UMPIRE: J Matibiri (Zim) MATCH REFEREE: Chris Broad (Eng) scoreboard ZIMBABWE: V Sibanda c B McCullum b Bracewell 5 C Chibhabha c B McCullum b Bracewell 6 H Masakadza b Bracewell 0 B Taylor not out 128 T Taibu c Williamson b Franklin 4 F Mutizwa c B. McCullum b Franklin 69 E Chigumbura c B. McCullum b McKay 9 P Utseya not out 7 EXTRAS: (lb2, w1) 3 TOTAL: (6 wkts, 50 overs) 231 FOW: 1-5, 2-7, 3-12, 4-21, 5-177, 6-192 BOWLING: Mills 10-1-29-0, Bracewell 10-2-55-3, Franklin 7-0-37-2, McKay 9-0-36-1, Nicol 5-0-23-0, N. McCullum 9-0-49-0 NEW ZEALAND: RJ Nicol not out 108 MJ Guptill c Jarvis b Masakadza 74 BB McCullum not out 39 EXTRAS: (lb2, wb7, nb2) 11 TOTAL: (1 wicket; 43.3 overs) 232 FOW: 1-153 BOWLING: CB Mpofu 10-1-46-0, KM Jarvis 6-0-59-0, RW Price 10-0-45-0, P Utseya 9-0-41-0, E Chigumbura 4-0-21-0, H Masakadza 3-0-13-1, CJ Chibhabha 1-0-4-0, V Sibanda 0.3-0-1-0 TOSS: Zimbabwe UMPIRES: B Oxenford (Aus), R Tiffin (Zim) TV UMPIRE: J Matibiri (Zim)