Home > Match report >

Elton Chigumbura-Prosper Utseya partnership takes Zimbabwe to historic win over Australia

Elton Chigumbura hit an unbeaten 52 from 68 balls to guide Zimbabwe to a historic three-wicket victory over Australia in Harare on Sunday © AFP (File Photo)
Elton Chigumbura hit an unbeaten 52 from 68 balls to guide Zimbabwe to a historic three-wicket victory over Australia in Harare on Sunday © AFP (File Photo)

By Sameer Jha

Aug 31, 2014

Zimbabwe won  by three wickets against Australia the fourth ODI of the triangular series at Harare. Elton Chigumbura and Prosper Utseya combined to form a crucial eight wicket partnership of 55 runs to help Zimbabwe win. The hosts were reeling at 156 for seven, and it was looking like they will once again fall just short of victory. However, Chigumbura and Utseya batted with just the right mix of caution and intensity to see Australia home. This is a massive win for the Zimbabweans, considering they were rammed by 198-runs just a week ago by the same opposition.

The match was a see-saw affair, with both teams gaining advantage over each other as the game went on. Zimbabwe started the game well and took early Australian wickets, but the visitors managed to recover late in their innings to put up a fighting score. Brendan Taylor and Hamilton Masakadza formed a great partnership, but both batsman fell in quick succession to hand the advantage back to Australia. In the end, Utseya and Chigumbura gave the many fans who had congregated in the stadium in the hope of a rare Zimbabwe victory, a reason to smile and celebrate.

For Australia, Nathan Lyon was the star bowler and caused plenty of problems for the Zimbabwean batsman. He finished with figures of four for forty four.

Earlier, the Australian batting had collapsed like a deck of cards, and the Australian total would have looked much less had Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin not combined to form a valuable partnership. Zimbabwe weren’t able to break their partnership, but Clarke had a small chat with Haddin and left the field retired hurt in the 41st over. Probably, the move was a precautionary measure to prevent further injury as Clarke had missed Australia’s opening two matches due to a hamstring injury. However, Clarke had to come back to face a ball in the 49th over as Australia had lost nine wickets.

Haddin also combined with Ben Cutting, to form a quickfire 51-run partnership off 33 balls for the eighth wicket to get Australia to a competitive total.

For Zimbabwe, Sean Williams bowled impressively and conceded just 21 runs in his 10 overs, and took two wickets. He was well supported by Prosper Utseya, John Nyumbu and Malcolm Waller – all of whom bowled economically and did not allow the Australian batsman to settle.

The win helped Zimbabwe end their miserable seven-match losing streak in ODIs.

Brief scores: 

Australia 209 for 9 in 50 overs (Michael Clarke 68*, Brad Haddin 49; Sean Williams 2 for 21, Donald Tiripano 2 for 34) lost to Zimbabwe 211 for 7 in 48 overs (Brendan Taylor 32, Elton Chigumbura 52; Nathan Lyon 4 for 44) by 3 wickets.

Man of the match: Elton Chigumbura

Full Scorecard

Photo gallery of the match

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Port Elizabeth

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (03:30 IST)   at Christchurch

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Melbourne

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Jan 2, 2015 (14:00 IST)   at Cape Town

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Jan 3, 2015 (03:30 IST)   at Wellington

More

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 19, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 68 runs

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014  at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Australia won by 4 wkts

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 17, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 7 runs

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014  at Centurion

South Africa won by an innings and 220 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 16, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 87 runs

Photos

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane

Videos

Ind vs Aus: Dhoni analyses the 4-wicket loss at Brisbane

Murali Vijay’s 144 among most runs scored by an Indian on Day 1 of overseas Test

Live Cricket Score Ranji Trophy 2014-15, Round 3, Day 1 — All matches

India’s collapse against Australia on 2nd Test at Brisbane: Did the visitors really bat badly on Day 4?

India vs Australia 2014-15, Brisbane: India marks out of 10

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane: India’s tail tales

Anil Kumble Australia India Moments in history Ricky Ponting South Africa

Murali Vijay enters Top 20 ICC Test batsman rankings for first time

South Africa vs West Indies 2014-15: Rilee Rossouw replaces Quinton de Kock in Test squad

Ranji Trophy 2014-15 Round 3, Gujarat vs Saurashtra: Akshar Patel helps Gujarat reduce Saurashtra to 207

Ranji Trophy 2014-15 Round 3, Tamil Nadu vs Madhya Pradesh: Jalaj Saxena ton guides visitors to 250/4

Ranji Trophy 2014-15, Round 3, Goa vs Himachal Pradesh: Darshan Misal propels Goa to 274

Can Eoin Morgan change England’s limited-overs fortunes?

Pakistan vs New Zealand ODI series 2014: A look back at the series

Murali Vijay’s 144 among most runs scored by an Indian on Day 1 of overseas Test

Virat Kohli, Steve Smith and others scoring century on their Captaincy Debut in Test cricket

Batsman given hit wicket after mobile phone falls on stumps

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

683 Posts | 6 Fans

Mitchell Johnson's 37 wickets against England in Ashes 2013-14

प्रसिद्ध कथक नृत्यांगना सितारा देवी नहीं रही

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Bigg Boss 8: Ali Quli Mirza, Renee Dhyani, Upen Patel, Praneet Bhatt, Sonali Raut – who should be evicted this week?

Revealed: The reason why Kishore Kumar’s biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor won’t feature Katrina Kaif!

अभिनेत्री प्रियंका चोपड़ा ने स्वच्छ भारत अभियान में हिस्सा लिया

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here