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Sep 2, 2014
Steven Smith was dismissed after a fine knock of 36, and Australia were 133 for two at the end of 30 overs in the fifth One-Day International (ODI) of the triangular series at Harare. Philip Hughes was batting on 75, and Glenn Maxwell had just walked in to bat.
Australia need to win the match in order to confirm their berth in the finals. If they lose this match, and Zimbabwe beat South Africa in the sixth ODI then the final will be between South Africa and Zimbabwe. Michael Clarke, misses out in the match due to hamstring injury, and George Bailey will lead the side.
Earlier, Australia were handed an embarassing three-wicket defeat by Zimbabwe in fourth ODI. The Australian line-up had collapsed like a pack of cards, with only Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin making meaningful contributions. The bowlers had almost pulled things back for Australia, but were undone by a brave partnership by Prosper Utseya and Elton Chigumbura.
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