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.
Loud cheer from the crowd after that last ball was negotiated because Zimbabwe cannot be bowled out inside the full quota.
John Nyumbu, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Stoinis to Mpofu, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Blessing Muzarabani, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Tye to Ryan Burl, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Andrew Tye [2.0-1-5-2] is back into the attack
Marcus Stoinis, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Jhye Richardson [3.0-0-20-1] is back into the attack
Ashton Agar [3.0-0-16-2] is back into the attack
Chris Mpofu, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Maxwell to Tendai Chisoro, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Glenn Maxwell, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Tendai Chisoro, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Tye to Chigumbura, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Jhye Richardson [2.0-0-18-1] is back into the attack
Ryan Burl, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Tye to Moor, THAT'S OUT!! Caught&Bowled!!
Andrew Tye, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Elton Chigumbura, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Agar to Masakadza, THAT'S OUT!! Stumped!!
Peter Moor, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Agar to Musakanda, THAT'S OUT!! Lbw!!
Ashton Agar [1.0-0-6-0] is back into the attack
D Arcy Short, left-arm chinaman, comes into the attack
Tarisai Musakanda, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Stanlake to Mire, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Billy Stanlake [2.0-0-28-0] is back into the attack
Ashton Agar, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Hamilton Masakadza, right handed bat, comes to the crease
J Richardson to Chibhabha, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Jhye Richardson, right-arm fast, comes into the attack
Chibhabha and Mire are at the crease. Chibhabha is on strike. Stanlake will open the attack