New Zealand beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets

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Reuters - The New Zealand opening batsmen complemented the efforts of their bowlers and thrashed Zimbabwe by 10 wickets to notch up their second World Cup win on Friday.

Paceman Tim Southee led a disciplined New Zealand bowling show to skittle Zimbabwe for 162 runs after the Africans chose to bat first in the Group A match at the Sardar Patel Stadium.

Southee bowled full and fast to pick up three wickets for 29 while captain Daniel Vettori and Kyle Mills, who returned from a back injury in place of batsman Jamie How, picked up two wickets apiece.

Openers Martin Guptill (86 not out) and Brendon McCullum (76 not out) then came back and swatted away whatever Zimbabwe threw at them and reached the target in under 34 overs.