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Cricket Elton Chigumbura: Zimbabwe must build on momentum against New Zealand

Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura has backed his team to build on their breakthrough victory over New Zealand.

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Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura has backed his team to build on their breakthrough victory over New Zealand as they head into the second one-day international (ODI) on Tuesday.

Craig Ervine's unbeaten 130 steered Zimbabwe to a seven-wicket win over New Zealand in Harare on Sunday - only the home side's second ODI victory in 2015 and their first against a fellow Test-playing nation.

In fact, Zimbabwe had lost nine of their past 10 ODIs versus New Zealand stretching back to 2001.

Chigumbura, who scored 26 at Harare Sports Club to take the hosts to within 44 runs of victory, challenged Zimbabwe to take the momentum from their win into the second of three ODIs and wrap up the series.

"It has been a hard road for us," Chigumbura said.

"This result shows that we're still capable of winning games. I want to thank everyone who has been behind us during the hard times. Hopefully we can carry this on to the next couple of games.

"Chasing 300 is always difficult, but I felt it was good wicket to bat on. The foundations were good from Hamilton [Masakadza] and Chamu [Chamu Chibhabha] who showed the way, and we had a very good performance from Ervine to take us home."

While Ervine and Masakadza (84) were the heroes with the bat, Zimbabwe will undoubtedly be looking for some improvement with the ball if they are to beat New Zealand again.

The visitors made 303-4 in the first innings, with Zimbabwe's bowlers taking just three wickets - the fourth coming from a run out.

Tinashe Panyangara (2-50 off 10 overs) and Chamu Chibhabha (1-32 off 7) were the only bowlers to take New Zealand scalps.

For New Zealand, Nathan McCullum was the sole wicket-taker, finishing with figures of 3-62 off nine overs.

It could be tough for either team to improve their strike-rate with the ball, however, based on Ervine's impression of the pitch in Harare.

"I thought the wicket was really good [to bat on], whereas [in Zimbabwe's previous series] against India it misbehaved maybe due to the dew," he said.

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