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London: Sep 01, 2014
Former Australia cricketer and current national team coach Darren Lehmann is embarrassed after his squad was humiliated by Zimbabwe in a one-dayer for the first time since 1983. Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura hit an unbeaten half-century to charge his side to victory as they defeated Australia for only the second time in an ODI. Zimbabwe, chasing 210 for victory, won with 12 balls to spare to claim a famous three-wicket win in Harare.
It was the team’s first One-Day International (ODI) win over Australia since the 1983 World Cup , their first ever meeting. Since then Australia, world champions four times, have won 27 meetings, with one match abandoned, The BBC reported.
Lehmann said that there is probably not enough expletives in the English language at the moment for the way he is feeling, and added that it is just embarrassing for everyone involved in the touring party and he hopes they are hurting. Sunday’s match was the fourth game in a triangular ODI tournament that also features South Africa. Australia had won their previous match against the hosts by 198 runs.
Australia had won the toss and elected to bat against Zimbabwe, but found it hard going as the hosts’ spinners claimed six of the nine wickets to fall.
Returning skipper Michael Clarke top scored with an unbeaten 68 but suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury and retired hurt in the 43rd over before briefly returning in the last over of the Aussie innings. Australia announced after the game that Clarke would take no further part in the tri-series, and would return home to Sydney on Tuesday for scans and further assessment. Australia next play South Africa, who have won both their games so far, on Tuesday, the report added.
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