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Australia vs Zimbabwe - 3rd Match

Series: Australia and Pakistan in Zimbabwe T20I Tri-Series, 2018
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Date & Time: 03 July 2018

Zimbabwe 129/9 (20 Ovs) RR: 6.45 | Australia won by 100 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Chamu Chibhabha c Alex Carey & b Jhye Richardsonc Alex Carey & b Jhye Richardson181011
Solomon Mire c Stoinis & b Stanlakec Stoinis & b Stanlake281951
Hamilton Masakadza stumped Agarstumped Agar121410
Tarisai Musakanda lbw Agarlbw Agar10701
Peter Moor c Andrew Tye & b Andrew Tyec Andrew Tye & b Andrew Tye191121
Elton Chigumbura c D Arcy Short & b Andrew Tyec D Arcy Short & b Andrew Tye71010
Ryan Burl c Jhye Richardson & b Andrew Tyec Jhye Richardson & b Andrew Tye101510
Tendai Chisoro c Agar & b Maxwellc Agar & b Maxwell6701
Chris Mpofu c D Arcy Short & b Stoinisc D Arcy Short & b Stoinis31600
Blessing Muzarabani Not OutNot Out1200
John Nyumbu Not OutNot Out6910
Extras 9 (b 0, lb 1, w 8, nb 0)
Total 129 (9 Wkts, 20 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
42-1 (Chamu Chibhabha,3.3), 57-2 (Solomon Mire,5.5), 71-3 (Tarisai Musakanda,7.5), 90-4 (Hamilton Masakadza,9.3), 98-5 (Peter Moor,10.5), 101-6 (Elton Chigumbura,12.4), 108-7 (Tendai Chisoro,13.6), 121-8 (Ryan Burl,17.1), 122-9 (Chris Mpofu,18.1),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Billy Stanlake3 0 39 1 13.00
Jhye Richardson4 0 23 1 5.75
Ashton Agar4 1 16 2 4.00
D Arcy Short2 0 20 0 10.00
Andrew Tye4 1 12 3 3.00
Glenn Maxwell1 0 7 1 7.00
Marcus Stoinis2 0 11 1 5.50
Aaron Finch0 0 0 0 0
Travis Head0 0 0 0 0
Nic Maddinson0 0 0 0 0
Alex Carey0 0 0 0 0


Three one-sided games in the tournament so far and Australia have a foot in the final already with their consecutive maulings. Zimbabwe and Pakistan will face off tomorrow in what will be a crucial game, especially for the hosts as a defeat for them will knock out. Pakistan too cannot afford a loss because things could get slippery. Let's hope that the two sides give us the first close game of this tri-series. On that note, this is Hariprasad signing off on behalf of Sriram and our scorer Mukesh. Cheers!

Finch, Australian captain and Man of the Match: (On his innings) Good to get a few out of the middle and break a record. I thought we were a bit sloppy in the field today to be honest and Zimbabwe came out firing, as we expected with such a total. But we could have been polished in the fielding I guess. (On mixing the bowlers on a dry pitch) Short showed some skill, also Agar, Tye and Maxwell. Shows that there is very little margin for error on such tracks. We bowled really well in the middle part (Where this knock ranks) Right up there obviously, highest individual score and these might not happen often, so it's special.

Masakadza, Zimbabwe captain: Just when we thought it couldn't get tougher after the first game, it did. Credit to him (Finch), he played really hard. Tough to stop a player when he goes like that. I think we can bowl a bit better first up, in the Powerplay where we have conceded a lot in both the games. Apart from that, we've done decently, especially our top order but need support from others. Need someone to take responsibility. Hopefully, we can turn things around tomorrow against Pakistan.

Time for the presentations.

13:14 Local Time: Clinical from Australia! If they were ruthless with the ball yesterday, it was the bat that did the damage today. Skipper Finch's record-breaking century all but settled the deal at the half-way mark itself. Zimbabwe needed a miracle to even make a match of it and though their top order played a few adventurous strokes, the challenge was always going to be beyond them. Australia's bowlers shared the spoils evenly with Tye and Agar being the pick of the bowlers. So, that's two successive pounding wins for Australia on successive days that virtually books them a spot in the final. Their NRAJ is sky-high and it will take something practically improbable to knock them out from hereon. Some questions for Zimbabwe to answer, the bowling of course suffered but their batting lacks depth as well. Interesting to see how they deal with it when they face Pakistan tomorrow.

Tye to John Nyumbu, no run, fine yorker around off, Nyumbu jams it out towards the man at cover. Zimbabwe bat out the overs but that doesn't change things. Biggest win by runs in T20Is for Australia!

Loud cheer from the crowd after that last ball was negotiated because Zimbabwe cannot be bowled out inside the full quota.

Tye to Muzarabani, 1 run, tries the yorker, ends up as a low full toss that's bunted down to long-on
Tye to John Nyumbu, 1 run, fullish around off, walks across and glances it down to fine leg for a run
Tye to John Nyumbu, FOUR, uppish but Nyumbu has found the gap. Short of a length, he was backing away as he looked to upper cut this. Was in the air for a while, was well wide of the third man fielder as it raced to the fence
Tye to John Nyumbu, no run, back of a length wider outside off, Nyumbu wanted to punch off the back foot but gets an under edge on the bounce to Carey
Tye to John Nyumbu, no run, full and outside off, push-driven off the front foot towards extra cover
Stoinis to Muzarabani, no run, slower ball around off, Muzarabani waits for it and defends down the track
Stoinis to John Nyumbu, 1 run, back of a length around middle and leg, worked away on the leg-side for a single
Stoinis to John Nyumbu, no run, just past the off pole. Nyumbu gets lucky. Full and angling in from around off, he wanted to work across the line but this just straightened a bit off the pitch to beat the outside edge and misses the sticks too
Stoinis to John Nyumbu, no run, very full and outside off, pushed towards the man at cover
Stoinis to John Nyumbu, no run, back of a length outside off, low bounce undoes Nyumbu as he misses the cut

John Nyumbu, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Stoinis to Mpofu, out Caught by D Arcy Short!! Stoinis joins the party with a wicket. Back of a length, no pace at all as Mpofu looks to power it away. Skews it straight up in the air and Short settles under it near the short mid-wicket region. Australia on the brink of successive thrashing victories in this tri-series. Mpofu c D Arcy Short b Stoinis 3(16)

Stoinis to Mpofu, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Tye to Mpofu, 1 run, misses the yorker and dishes out a full toss but Mpofu cannot put it away. Drags it off the inner half through backward square leg
Tye to Mpofu, no run, how did that miss the stumps? Wasn't far away at all. Slow cutter and Mpofu is foxed by the variation completely as he looks to push at it. Got beaten and nearly was cleaned up there
Tye to Mpofu, no run, fuller and wider outside off, mistimes it towards the man at extra cover
Tye to Mpofu, no run, fiery yorker with a lot of pace, middle and leg line and Mpofu somehow digs it out
Tye to Mpofu, no run, very full and on the pads, clipped gently towards the short fine leg

Blessing Muzarabani, right handed bat, comes to the crease

Tye to Ryan Burl, out Caught by J Richardson!! Tye has his third. Customary slog-over dismissal, this one. Was the knuckle ball and the length wasn't full enough but Burl went through with the slog. No control and ended up lobbing it straight down the throat of Richardson at long-on who took it nicely moving forward. Ryan Burl c J Richardson b Tye 10(15) [4s-1]

Tye to Ryan Burl, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Andrew Tye [2.0-1-5-2] is back into the attack

Stoinis to Mpofu, no run, cuts in a bit from a good length as Mpofu tries to defend with no footwork. Beaten on the inside edge as it dies in front of Carey
Stoinis to Ryan Burl, 1 run, another one spilled down the leg-side, Burl clips it down to fine leg
Stoinis to Ryan Burl, wide, slower bouncer but it's well down leg and too high as well. Easy call
Stoinis to Ryan Burl, wide, Burl was backing away to make room and Stoinis tried following him. Ends up slipping it down leg and it's left alone
Stoinis to Mpofu, 1 run, walks across the sticks and dabs it towards the leg-side for a single
Stoinis to Ryan Burl, 1 run, short of a length around off, defended off the back foot to the leg-side
Stoinis to Ryan Burl, no run, back of a length around middle, defended off the back foot towards the leg-side
Stoinis to Ryan Burl, wide, sprayed down leg once more, this time Burl cannot get bat on it
Stoinis to Ryan Burl, FOUR, gets it away fine with a neat tickle. Shortish and down leg, Burl gets across a bit and deflects it nicely

Marcus Stoinis, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

J Richardson to Ryan Burl, 1 run, goes full this time outside off, Burl drives it down to long-off
J Richardson to Ryan Burl, no run, walks down the track but Richardson isn't going to give it in his half. Bangs it short and the flat-bat attempt is missed
J Richardson to Mpofu, 1 run, full and attacking the stumps, Mpofu shuffles a tad and works it down to fine leg
J Richardson to Mpofu, no run, short of a length outside off, Mpofu hangs back and defends it solidly
J Richardson to Ryan Burl, 1 run, full and on the pads, glanced away down towards fine leg for a run
J Richardson to Ryan Burl, no run, on a good length around middle and off, defended to the off-side from the crease

Jhye Richardson [3.0-0-20-1] is back into the attack

Agar to Mpofu, no run, pushed through quicker and Mpofu is content blocking off the back foot. Maiden for Agar now
Agar to Mpofu, no run, premeditated sweep from Mpofu but gets rapped on the pad. Impact was well outside the line though
Agar to Mpofu, no run, slower and a hint of turn, Mpofu reaches out and smothers it onto the pitch
Agar to Mpofu, no run, very full, flat again and Mpofu jams it back to the bowler down the track


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