As per the latest cricket news, when Zimbabwe defeated Australia today for the first time in the nation, it was a historic day in Townsville. After the seamers had caused some early damage and before Zimbabwe overcame Josh Hazlewood’s three-wicket burst and some late nerves to go home by three wickets, Ryan Burl amassed impressive figures of 5 for 10 in three overs.
Regis Chakabva, the captain, guided them toward victory, first with Tony Munyonga and then with bowling hero Burl, who, on the seventh delivery of the over against Adam Zampa, hit a six over deep midwicket to reduce the needed runs to just one.
Brad Evans drove the winning runs, but there was no more drama until Burl was bowled by Mitchell Starc in the following over, becoming him the fastest player to 200 ODI wickets.
This was a tremendously meaningful result for Zimbabwe, especially after they were defeated within 43 overs just three days prior, especially after their 2-1 victory over Bangladesh at home and close call against India in the previous game.
David Warner led Australia’s innings, scoring 94 out of 141, the second-highest percentage for a finished men’s ODI innings. Glenn Maxwell was the only other player to reach the double digits as Australia was skittled in 31 overs at a score of 141.
With a sixth-wicket stand of 57 runs in 9 overs, the pair had begun to rebuild for Australia when Burl’s leg spin was introduced. With his fourth delivery, he removed Maxwell, and the final five wickets fell for 12 runs, including Warner, who was six runs shy of his first international century since January 2020. Zimbabwe had never previously bowled Australia out in an ODI.
In the chase of Australia vs Zimbabwe match, Zimbabwe got off to a strong start, getting to 38 in the ninth over before TakudzwanasheKaitano eked it low to second slip. WesslyMadhevere made a strong cut on Hazlewood’s subsequent over to the spot where Ashton Agar stated he had momentarily lost sight of the ball.
TadiwanasheMarumani did a great job starting the innings by combining some powerful blows with a little bit of luck, but when he sliced Cameron Green long onto the off side, Zimbabwe’s aim appeared to be far away.
The run rate, though, was never going to be an issue, and Chakabva, who struck his first ODI century versus Bangladesh last month, was great at handling pressure. Although Munyonga attempted to open the door for Australia once more by lofting Agar down the ground twice after doing the same to Zampa, the captain wasn’t going to be stopped.
Zimbabwe had the opportunity to bowl first for the first time during the series, and they took full advantage of it. Australia never succeeded in creating a platform because of their excellent up-front seamers, despite their efforts and some lousy shot selection.
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