Happy is a word that cropped up several times in Kyle Jarvis' post-match interview last night.
The 22-year-old son of former Zimbabwe international Malcolm Jarvis shows all the attributes of a quickie who can give a batsman a hurry up at speeds flirting with the 140km/h mark.
"Our heads aren't down yet so we're happy," Jarvis said. "The boys didn't think it was moving around as much as we thought it was going to. It turned out to be a decent batting wicket where if you get yourself in you'll get the rewards," he said of a wicket becoming the centre of discussion amid claims it boasts a lusher growth than ever before at McLean Park, Napier.
"The boys are up for it so it's going to be a tough day tomorrow," Jarvis said as the Black Caps resume today at 331-5 with captain Ross Taylor unbeaten on 111 with BJ Watling 15 not out.
Having struggled in his first spell bowling into a stiff breeze from the Rodney Green Stand end, Jarvis found better traction from the Napier City end to finish with 1-56 off 22 overs, including six maidens.
"The pace wasn't where I wanted it to be but I'll get it up there in the next few days so I'm happy," he said but feeling a little unlucky in not claiming opener Brendon McCullum's wicket earlier after a couple of deliveries nipped back into the stumps.
"I got him in the end so I'm happy," he said, adding it was his and a several teammates' first test match away from home.
Zimbabwe recently returned from a six-year exile from cricket amid political turmoil in their country, regaining test status as the ninth nation in August last year.
Jarvis felt there was a bit of purchase in the wicket but their bowlers didn't hit the right areas. He lauded ex-international captain Heath Streak for his input in the bowling department and hoped to repay him with better in the next four days.
However, top-order batsman Hamilton Masakadza was the pick of the bowlers, claiming 1-33 from 16 overs, including four maidens.
Masakadza's younger brother on debut, Shingirai, will relish taking Martin Guptill's scalp as his maiden test wicket.
"He was definitely hitting the right areas," Ross Taylor said of Masakadza when asked which bowler caused them most trouble.
Nevertheless, Shingirai, Brian Vitori and leg spinner Graeme Cremer took some stick for a wicket each.
At times the tourists looked a little rusty on the field and rookie Vitori struggled with his run up, reflected in his five no balls.
But the Brendan Taylor-captained Zimbabwe weren't shy to put their bodies on the line to save runs in a spirited day of fielding.