George Bailey © AFP
George Bailey © AFP

Sep 2, 2014

Australia were 181 for four at the end of 40 overs in the fifth One-Day International (ODI) of the triangular series at Harare. George Bailey was batting on 27, and Mitchell Marsh was batting on seven. Philip Hughes missed his century as he got out on 85. Glenn Maxwell too fell quite early in his innings and scored just two. Both batsman got out trying to accelerate.

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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