The Black Caps have beaten Zimbabwe at Dunedin today in the first one-day international in a match which never rose to any heights.
Neither bat or ball dominated and though the home side won by 90 runs it will want to improve in the batting department in the next two games of the series.
In compiling 248 off 48.3 overs, the Black Caps scored enough to win the game against a Zimbabwe side which is obviously still finding its feet at this level.
The Black Caps could have got 300 but lost wickets at vital stages and only Martin Guptill passed 50.
In reply Zimbabwe lost its first three wickets with just 15 runs on the board and were always facing an uphill battle from there.
Captain Brendan Taylor was the lone star with the bat for the visitors, hitting a massive six over the Otago Daily Times stand, but he was out the following ball, and the Zimbabwe hopes walked off the ground with him. They were eventually dismissed for 158 in the 42nd over.
The home side's bowlers showed plenty of accuracy and never let any of the Zimbabwean batters settle.
Sent in to bat, the Blacks Caps failed to muster a match defining partnership, although it recovered well from a shocking start.
Rob Nicol was dismissed in the first over and home town boy, skipper Brendon McCullum was out in the next over.
McCullum was adjudged lbw and though he challenged the decision it was not overturned.
Guptill and Kane Williamson steadied the ship but Williamson went for 35 when he chipped a ball back to bowler Shingarai Masakadza.
Guptill looked set for a huge score but Elton Chigumbura got one past him and rattled his stumps when he was on 70.
The Black Caps laboured at times, bringing up their 200 in the 40th over.
Nathan McCullum and Andy Ellis shared a 57 run stand but like those before them the partnership was broken before any real damage was done.
Masakadza grabbed four wickets in what was a generally tidy bowling display from the visitors.
The Black Caps bowlers found a tidy line and Kyle Mills deserved his three wickets while Nicol made up for his duck with four wickets with the ball.
The sides meet again in Whangarei on Monday.
New Zealand Innings
Martin Guptill b Chigumbura 70
Rob Nicol c Taylor b Meth 0
Brendon McCullum lbw Jarvis 3
Kane Williamson c and b S. Masakadza 35
Tom Latham c Taibu b Chigumbura 24
Dean Brownlie run out 19
Nathan McCullum b S. Masakadza 30
Andy Ellis b S. Masakadza 33
Doug Bracewell not out 8
Kyle Mills b Jarvis 7
Tim Southee lbw b S. Mazakadza 3
Extras (7lb,9w) 16
TOTAL (all out) 248
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-4, 3-92, 4-130, 5-147, 6-166, 7-223, 8-230, 9-241, 10-248.
Bowling: Keegan Meth 7-0-48-1 (3w), Kyle Jarvis 9-1-41-2 (1w), Shingirai Masakadza 9.3-0-46-4 (3w), Elton Chigumbura 10-0-46-2, Ray Price 10-1-47-0, Hamilton Masakadza 3-0-13-0 (2w).
Hamilton Masakadza run out 7
Stuart Matsikenyeri lbw b Mills 1
Regis Chakabva c Nicol b Mills 2
Brendan Taylor c Ellis b Nicol 58
Tatenda Taibu c Williamson b Ellis 20
Malcolm Waller lbw b Nicol 12
Elton Chigumbura c and b Bracewell 15
Keegan Meth lbw b Nicol 10
Shingirai Masakadza c Nicol b Mills 2
Ray Price not out 26
Kyle Jarvis std McCullum b Nicol 2
Extras (3w) 3
TOTAL (all out) 158
Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-10, 3-15, 4-67, 5-97, 6-110, 7-119, 8-122, 9-156, 10-158.
Bowling: Kyle Mills 8-2-26-3, Doug Bracewell 8-1-33-1 (1w), Tim Southee 8-0-27-0 (1w), Andy Ellis 8-1-34-1, Rob Nicol 4.1-0-19-4 (1w), Nathan McCullum 5-0-19-0.