Zimbabwe cricket was thought to be on edge but a sensational win over Australia part of the Tri series blossmed their hopes on the sport. A slow at Harare eventually produced a historic win for hosts as they beat Australia by 3 wickets with two overs to spare.
On a pitch which was turning, Australia chosed to bat after winning the toss. Zimbabwe were quick to introduce spin as they began with Nyumbu on one which worked out for them as Finch got cleaned up the off spinner for 11 in 4th over. With some tight bowling, Zimbabwe didn’t allow Australia to score runs in the powerplay. Hughes who didn’t look confident before he gave a catch to Nyumbu off Utseya. Soon Partime spinners seen the set back of Bailey and Maxwell as Australians were 4 down for 57.
Captain Clarke who was playing despite of being unfit came had crucial partnerships; 40 with Marsh and 50 with Haddin before getting retire hurt. Haddin played a crucial knock in powering his side to a decent score by scoring 49 along with Cutting who smashed 26 off 22. However, Clarke returned with two balls to go as they were 9 down but didn’t got a chance to face even one.
Chasing 210 for a historic win, Zimbabwe began cautiously before running towards the target. It was spinners again who began the Zimbabwe collapse as Raza fell after scoring 22 at score of 42 to Lyon. Lyon sent back Mawayo in next over but a conter attack from Masakadza and Taylor rocked the Aussies before Masakadza got out by Starc. Soon Taylor too departed for 26 ball 32 as Lyon picked his third before sending Williams back as his fourth wicket. Captain Chigumbura had contribution from one end by wickets fell from other.
With 54 needed from 70 balls with 3 wickets in hand, Utseya put on a huge contribution with his captain. Slowly they brought down the equation. Chigumbura went on to score his 17th fifty. With 5 needing of 13 balls Utseya smashed a Six to seal a historic win for Zimbabwe over the No.2 ranked Australia which was they first win against the same opponet in 31 years in this format.
Zimbabwe: 211 for 7 in 48 overs (E Chigumbura 56*, BRM Taylor 32; N Lyon 4/44, MA Starc 2/41) beat Australia: 209 for 9 in 50 overs (MJ Clarke 68*, BJ Haddin 49; SC Williams 2/21, DT Tiripano 2/35) by 3 wickets