Hamilton: New Zealand will look to add one more humiliation on a beleaguered Zimbabwe in the final match of what has been a terrible lop-sided series, a Twenty20 fixture at Seddon Park on Tuesday.
The Kiwis have been a better a side by a mile in the entire series - which has comprised one Test, three ODIs and one Twenty20 so far - and will surely want to close out the series on a similarly dominating note. Considering they will host South Africa soon after the Zimbabwe tour finishes, New Zealand wouldn't want to lose their feel-good factor ahead of a series of that importance.
Zimbabwe, on the other hand, have been dismal all tour. It's not the losses that are worrying for them; it's the manner in which they have lost. Not once have they been able to challenge the hosts. The gulf between the teams in terms of quality has been exposed and it's not a good thing for a team which has been trying to reestablish itself in international cricket.
Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor has to lead from the front to turn it around for them.
The track at Hamilton is expected to be full of runs and if New Zealand bat first, in all likelihood, it's going to be really difficult for the Zimbabwean bowlers to contain their batsmen who have been scoring runs at will. Zimbabwe's best chance is if they bat first, and hope that a score of 160 might test the hosts.
Hamilton Masakadza and Elton Chigumbura's batting in the last match at Auckland is something Zimbabwe can take a lot from going into this encounter. Nobody would be surprised if they lose, but they have nothing to lose. It's now a matter of pride for them. If they lose fighting neck and neck, it will do them a lot of good for the future series.
New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (captain and keeper), Michael Bates, Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Andrew Ellis, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Ronnie Hira, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, Tim Williamson, Dean Brownlie
Zimbabwe: Brendon Taylor (captain), Regis Chakabva, Elton Chigumbura, Graeme Cremer, Kyle Jarvis, Hamilton Masakadza, Shingi Masakadza, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Tino Mawoyo, Keegan Meth, Forster Mutizwa, Ray Price, Tatenda Taibu (keeper), Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller