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Zimbabwe vs Australia, 4th ODI at Harare: My role was to support Prosper Utseya, says Elton Chigumbura

Elton Chigumbura emerged a proud captain after his team's memorable win against Australia in the fourth game of the ongoing One-Day International series © AFP
Elton Chigumbura emerged a proud captain after his team’s memorable win against Australia in the fourth game of the ongoing One-Day International series © AFP

Sep 1, 2014

Zimbabwe skipper Elton Chigumbura has expressed his delight for the fighting spirit that his team showed against Australia to complete an historic win against the formidable opponents. For the hosts, it was their first One-Day International (ODI) victory against Australia in 31 years.

“It was a proud moment for everyone, for Zimbabwe Cricket and even for Zimbabwe because it’s been more than 30 years since we beat Australia (in the ODI arena at the 1983 World Cup in England),” Chigumbura was quoted as saying in the post match press conference.

“We just had to bat 50 overs and stay calm. My role was just to support Prosper [Utseya] because he was being more positive than I was. I knew if I could bat until the end we would have a good chance,” added Chigumbura, according to inputs from Cricket Australia.

The city of Harare, where the memorable game took place, went wild with joy the after Utseya hit the winning six off the bowling of Mitchell Starc. For the local spectators who filled the stands of the Harare Sports Club in large numbers, the game was worth every penny as their team ended the dorught against the former World Champions, though the Zimbabweans did manage to outperform them in the group stage of the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007.

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