The last time the two teams met, Australia clinched a mammoth 198-run victory © Getty Images
Aug 30, 2014
By Sameer Jha
Australia will face off Zimbabwe in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) of the triangular series at Harare. Both teams have one thing in common – they were beaten by South Africa in their previous game, despite some exceptional individual performances. Prosper Utseya’s hat-trick had gone in vain, just like Aaron Finch’s excellent century.
The last time the two teams met, Australia clinched a mammoth 198-run victory. They’ll look to repeat their performance, and guard against complacency. Michael Clarke, who missed out on the first two games due to a hamstring injury, is likely to make a return. Mitchell Marsh and Kane Richardson were both given a chance to impress the selectors ahead of the ICC World Cup 2015 on this tour, and while Marsh scored a scintillating 89 in the first ODI, Richardson’s performance has not been impressive.
Zimbabwe, who are currently on a seven-match losing streak, must take hope from their performance against South Africa in the third ODI, and not rue a rare chance of victory that slipped from their hands. Batsmen like Sikandara Raza, Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor and Sean Ervine are certainly capable of getting big scores provided they keep their heads calm and not throw away their wickets playing irresponsible shots. A defeat in this game, will put them out of contention for the finals.
Despite the defeat against South Africa, Australia are a solid unit under Darren Lehmann and Clarke’s leadership and will look to clinch a huge victory. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, will hope to end their miserable run of form in ODI cricket.
Time: 07:30 GMT | 13:00 IST
Australia: Michael Clarke (c), Aaron Finch, Phil Hughes, George Bailey, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin (wk), Ben Cutting, James Faulkner, Kane Richardson, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon
Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (c), Sikandar Raza, Tendai Chatara, Luke Jongwe, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Neville Madziva, Timycen Maruma, Hamilton Masakadza, Shingirai Masakadza, Tinotenda Mawoyo, Natsai M’shangwe, Cuthbert Musoko, John Nyumbu, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Brendan Taylor (wk), Donald Tiripano, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams
(Sameer Jha is a reporter at cricketcountry.com. He can be followed on Twitter at @SameerJha)