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Zimbabwe vs Australia, 4th ODI Match, Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

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The tri-series is poised nicely now with this win for Zimbabwe. They stay third but are just one point behind Australia, who have 5 points. South Africa continue to stay at the top.
A lot of credit has to go to Chigu. He was so disappointed to lose the previous game against South Africa and he also went on to say, 'It's all in the mind' (when asked what they need to about their batting). Surely, he must be a happy man now and he's done exceptionally well to get this team together and get the best out of them today. For a while though, it seemed as if it was the same story of them getting so near yet so far, but Chigu handled pressure very well alongside Utseya to make history for Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe do a lap of honour now and it's one happy bunch out there.
Chigumbura: 'I think the most important thing is to stay calm under pressure. It is very good to see the support today. I think today we showed some improvement, we just have to keep working hard and hopefully we'll have another good game on Thursday. He (Utseya) said that he wants to be positive and that helped me in a way as it allowed me to bat through.'
Chigumbura is the Man of the Match
Clarke: 'Definitely not enough and I think credit needs to go to Zimbabwe, they deserve the win. We didn't think it was going to spin for the whole game. I'll be on the plane in the next 24 hours to try and get my hamstring fixed. We'll assess the conditions in the next game and make sure we put up a good fight against South Africa.'
Presentation time...
In reply, Mawoyo and Raza gave Zimbabwe their best start in 6 ODIs, but both perished as soon as Lyon came into the attack. Taylor and Masakadza counter-attacked the Aussies and shared a fine 50-run stand before both were dismissed in quick succession. Williams too disappointed by playing a bad shot but Waller and skipper Chigumbura steadied the ship with a 36-run stand. Utseya gave excellent company to his captain and the duo ensured that Zimbabwe got past the line with two overs to spare.
Zimbabwe put Australia under pressure right from the word go. In fact, it was a blessing in disguise that Clarke opted to bat first as they were keen to bowl first. Spin was introduced as early as the second over and the Australian batsmen were never comfortable at the crease. Skipper Clarke though played a sensational innings, he had to retire hurt on 68 due to his troublesome hamstring and then some lusty blows from Haddin and Cutting at the death got them past 200.
Phew! What a game of cricket we've had.
The last time Zimbabwe beat Australia (1983), none of the players in this current side were born.
Waller: 'Yeah I am feeling good. The ball was turning a long way. Coming in as a part-timer, it was good to get the vital wicket of Maxwell. Then it felt good while batting with Elton.'
Mawoyo: 'It has been an amazing day. The feeling is just something different. The crowd deserved this win. I would like to contribute more with the bat. We have had problems with the top-order, my job was to hang in there and see out the new ball. It was quite tough at the start, they bowled in good areas, but restricting them to 209 made it easy. I was very nervous, but at the end Prosper and Elton held their nerves.'
Taylor: 'What a fantastic feeling! A bit nervy at the end but it is good. I wasn't even born when we won last time. It is great to see that we hung in till the end and got over the line. I was a bit disappointed with my innings but hopefully I will improve. Good series so far for us.'
Nyumbu: 'I am pretty happy that it's going well for me. The win just tops it for me. We bowl differently... Prosper looks to contain, Williams is a left-arm spinner, he is different from the both of us. We have two different roles.'

Match details

Toss : Australia won the toss and elected to bat first

Umpires : Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and Owen Chirombe (Zimbabwe)

TV umpire : Russell Tiffin (Zimbabwe)

Match referee : Javagal Srinath (India)

Teams

Zimbabwe : Tino Mawoyo, Sikandar Raza, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor(wk), Sean Williams, Elton Chigumbura(c), Malcolm Waller, Prosper Utseya, Donald Tiripano, John Nyumbu, Tendai Chatara.

Australia : Aaron Finch, Phillip Hughes, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Clarke(c), George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin(wk), James Faulkner, Ben Cutting, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon.

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