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Aug 25, 2014

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Zimbabwe 152 | Overs 39.3 | Tendai Chatara 6 (5)*| OUT ! John Nyumbu 1 (6) CAUGHT

That is it for Zimbabwe! They are all out for 198 in 39.3 overs. Australia win by 1xx runs and they also win with a bonus point. Zimbabwe batsmen never really looked comfortable playing this quality pace attack.

OUT! Prosper Utseya 9 (27) CAUGHT

OUT! Tinashe Panyangara 1(9) BOWLED

OUT! Hamilton Masakadza 70 (91) STUMPED

Zimbabwe 134/6 | Overs 33 | Hamilton Masakadza 66 (88), Prosper Utseya 5 (11)

Zimbabwean batsmen are fighting a lost cause. They have nothing to lose now. Can we expect some entertainment from them?


OUT! Richmond Mutumbami 11 (24) LBW


Zimbabwe 89/5 | Overs 23 | Hamilton Masakadza 39 (61), Richmond Mutumbami 1 (2) OUT! Sean Williams 1 (4) CAUGHT

Half the side is back into the pavilion. It has been a struggle for the Zimbabwean batsmen right from the beginning. None of the batsmen looked comfortable. Masakadza has hold on to his nerves and he is fighting a lone battle. No contribution whatsoever from his teammates. It’s tough to recover from this situation. Austrlia looking to wrap up quickly.


OUT! Elton Chigumbura 0 (11) CAUGHT


Zimbabwe 84/3 | Overs 20 | Hamilton Masakadza 37 (55), Elton Chigumbura 0 (5)

Zimbabwe are slowing losing their sight. Brendan Taylor was dismissed by Mitchell Johnson. He was brought back into the attack and he gave them the breakthrough. Finch almost popped it out of his hands.


OUT! Brendan Taylor 10 (14) CAUGHT!


Zimbabwe 76/2 | Overs 16 | Hamilton Masakadza 31 (44), Brendan Taylor 8 (6)

Zimbabwe need another 27 runs to win. in 34 overs. This is definitely a tpugh task. Raza was playing well but threw his wicket away to Nathan Lyon. Masakadza is still there at the crease. Brendan Taylor has come out to bat for Zimbabwe.


Zimbabwe  64/2 | Overs 13.2 | OUT! Sikandar Raza 33 (40) CAUGHT!


Zimbabwe 38 /1 | Overs 10 | Sikandar Raza 19 (31), Hamilton Masakadza 16 (23)

The run rate is only 4.13 for Zimbabwean. In order to chase the target down, they need to accelerate. Masakadza and Raza are playing the pacers well. Richardson need to get his line right. He’s given away 18 runs in his 3 overs.

Zimbabwe 11 /1 | Overs 6 | Sikandar Raza 1 (15), Hamilton Masakadza 9 (15)

Australian fielding have been right on the money from the very first over. No room whatsoever. Starc and Johnson are boeling ata fiery pace. and now Kane Richardson has been introduced into the attack. Zimbabwean batsmen are finding it difficult to score.

Zimbabwe 1 /1 | Overs 3 | Sikandar Raza 0 (8), Hamilton Masakadza 0 (4)

What a great start for Australia. Mitchell Starc picked up a wicket with his very first ball of his spell. Zimbabwean batsmen are being treated with a lot of short stuff from Mitchell Johnson and Starc. A wicket maiden upfront for Starc. Things are getting difficult for them.


OUT! Tino Mawoyo 1 (6) LBW Mitchell Starc

The second innings is under way! A huge target for Zimbabwe to chase. let’s see what do we have in store for us.


Australia 350/6 | Overs 50 | J Faulkner 20(10), M Johnson 5(5)

So there it is, Australia have registered their highest ODI score against Zimbabwe. Not joking but going by the Australian attack, even half of this should be too much for Zimbabwe. They scored 147 in the last 10 overs. Slow start from Australia but there was no stopping Maxwell and the ones that followed.

That’s Johnson showing he is stronger than Maxwell. Broken glass…



Australia 333/6 | Overs 49 | J Faulkner 12(6), M Johnson 1(2)

That was a huge hit from Mitchell Johnson. Pitched up full from Panyangara and Johnson heaves it over the bowler’s head and it smashes straight in to the glass of the commentary box. Australia are all set to register their highest ODI score against Zimbabwe.




Highest scores for Aus vs Zim: 344/7 at Hobart 03-04;   323/8 at Harare 04


OUT! G Maxwell c Mawoyo b Chatara 93(46)

Australia 320/6 | Overs 48 | J Faulkner 1(1), M Johnson 1(1)

Maxwell’s love for 90s just doesn’t fade. After a few 90s adventures in the Indian Premier League, here he is, missing out on a record of fastest century by an Australian. Maxwell hammers consecutive sixes off Tendai Chatara and then follows with one more which balloons high in the air and Mawoyo takes a good catch metres inside the boundary.


OUT! S Smith run-out S Raza 1(1)

Australia 303/5 | Overs 47 | Glenn Maxwell 79 (42), J Faulkner 0(0)

Maxwell had hit it hard towards mid-off and Steve Smith had backed far too much. Direct hit from the fielder Sikandar Raza and Smith is well short.


OUT! Mitchell Marsh 89 (83) CAUGHT!

Australia 266/ 3 | Overs 44 | Mitchell Marsh 82 (80), Glenn Maxwell 50 (28)

50 up for Glenn Maxwell. What an innings it has been. The Zimbabwean bowlers has been taken apart by him and Marsh. 300 looks certain for Australia.

Australia 237/ 3 | Overs 42 | Mitchell Marsh 77 (77), Glenn Maxwell 26 (19)

Mitchell Marsh have announced an attack on the Zimbabwean bowlers.  Maxwell too has joined the party. This is a brilliantly placed innings from Marsh. Bowlers are finding it hard to stop these batsmen from scoring. 20 runs from the 42nd over!

Here comes the switch hit from Maxwell, and it’s gone all the way. Australians are making a move.

The ball is lost! What a hit from Marsh!

Australia 193/ 3 | Overs 39 | Mitchell Marsh 49 (67), Glenn Maxwell 11 (11)

Australia have been kept quiet for a long time. Chigumbura have rotated his bowling options really well. Marsh needs to make a move as he is nearing his half century. George Bailey threw his wicket away to Sean Williams. The spinner are bowling a good line and length. Glenn Maxwell is out in the crease and the stage is set for him to launch an attack on the Zimbabwean bowlers. But at the moment, the bowlers are giving no room whatsoever.

OUT! George Bailey 14 (21) CAUGHT!

Australia 152/ 1 | Overs 32 | Mitchell Marsh 29 (46), George Bailey 4 (10)

The Zimbabwean bowlers have really pulled it back. The Australian skipper George Bailey is out at the crease as a brilliant innings from Finch came to an end. Marsh have struggled to attack the Zimbabwean bowling.

OUT! Aaron Finch 67 (79) CAUGHT !

Australia 117/ 1 | Overs 25 | Aaron Finch 54 (66), Mitchell Marsh 11 (28)

Things have slowed down a bit for Australia. Zimbabwean bowlers have made a good comeback. Mitchell Marsh is finding it difficult to time the ball and Finch has not been getting the strike so he’s been quite for a while too.

50 for Finch! Well played.

Australia 101 / 1 | Overs 20 | Aaron Finch 47 (55), Mitchell Marsh 3 (9)

Australia lost their first wicket in the form of Brad Haddin. He played himself down. The Zimbabwean skipper picks up his first wicket. This partnership was looking dangerous. Finch is still their at the other other end. prosper Utseya has been economical.

OUT! Brad Haddin 46 (58) Bowled by Elton Chigumbura

Australia  80/0 | Overs 15 | Aaron Finch 43 (47), Brad Haddin 32 (44)

Nothing is working for the Zimbabwean skipper Elton Chigumbura. He has introduced himself into the attack. Haddin too has joined the party. Both Finch and Haddin are timing the ball brilliantly. Finch is already closing in on his half-century. Haddin has been rotating the strike quite well. The run rate is close to 5.5 runs an over.

Australia  46/0 | Overs 10 | Aaron Finch 31 (32), Brad Haddin 11 (30)

Chigumbura immediately trying to slow things down. He has introduced spin from both the ends. Nyumbu and Sean Williams. Haddin has been quiet on one end but Finch is still going at a strikerate of over 100.

Australia  34/0 | Overs 7 | Aaron Finch 24 (21), Brad Haddin 8 (22)

Finch has decided to take on the bowling. Two big sixes in the over from Panyangara. And the run rate is suddenly close to 5 an over. A big over for Australia.

First no ball of the morning and its a free hit! and Finch hoikes it for a boundary

Australia  14/0 | Overs 5 | Aaron Finch 8 (11), Brad Haddin 6 (19)

Zimbabwe have given nothing away as of yet. This is good bowling by Panyangara and Chatara. Keeping genuine strokemakers like Haddin and Finch quiet is a terrific job. No room offered whatsoever.

A maiden over from Panyangara! This is good stuff from Zimbabwean bowlers.

Australia 5 /0 | Overs 2 | Aaron Finch 1 (4), Brad Haddin 4 (8)

Tinashe Panyangara and Tendai Chatara began the proceedings for Zimbabwe. Australia have made a cautious start. Both Finch and Haddin have the ability to take on any bowling attack. Let’s see what they have in store for us. Australian players are wearing black arm bands today as a mark of respect following the passing of Nathan Lyon’s grandmother.

And the match begins, Aaron Finch and Brad Haddin to open the batting for Australia!


Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura wins the toss and elects to field first against Australia


Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the first One-Day International (ODI) of the triangular series in Harare, between the hosts Zimbabwe and Australia. This is Rajarshi Majumdar, and I will be bringing you the updates of the match.

Australian skipper Michael Clarke has not recovered from a hamstring injury in time for the first match and he will not be be taking a part in their first match after a long break. George Bailey will be captaining the Australians in Clarke’s place. Australian coach Darren Lehmann said in a statement released by Cricket Australia, “Michael had a fitness test at training today and unfortunately hasn’t come through that well enough to be available for selection in game one. He will continue intensive treatment on his hamstring and we’ll monitor his progress ahead of game two on Wednesday.”

After using 16 players during a three-match ODI series against South Africa in Bulawayo this week, Zimbabwe coach Stephen Mangongo believes he will be better placed to field a side that can be competitive. Zimbabwe’s selections at times appeared haphazard and reactionary, with the decision to drop leading batsman Brendan Taylor for the third game the most controversial, but Mangongo defended the home side’s decisions in the 3-0 series defeat, AFP reported.


Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (c), Brendan Taylor, Hamilton Masakadza, Vusimuzi Sibanda, Sean Williams, Richmond Mutumbami, Luke Jongwe, Malcolm Waller, Prosper Utseya, John Nyumbu, Shingirai Masakadza, Timycen Maruma, Neville Madziva, Sikandar Raza Butt, Tafadzwa Kamungozi, Brian Vitori, Tinashe Panyangara, Donald Tiripano, Tendai Chatara.

Australia: Michael Clarke (c),Aaron Finch, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, James Faulkner,Brad Haddin, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Ben Cutting, Kane Richardson, Mitchell Starc.


Zimbabwe: TMK Mawoyo, Sikandar Raza, H Masakadza, BRM Taylor, SC Williams, E Chigumbura*, R Mutumbami†, P Utseya, J Nyumbu, TL Chatara, T Panyangara

BJ Haddin†, AJ Finch, MR Marsh, GJ Bailey*, GJ Maxwell, SPD Smith, JP Faulkner, MG Johnson, MA Starc, KW Richardson, NM Lyon

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