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Australia vs Zimbabwe - 6th Match

Series: Australia and Pakistan in Zimbabwe T20I Tri-Series, 2018
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Date: 06 July 2018

Australia 154/5 (19.5 Ovs) RR: 7.76 | Australia won by 5 wkts

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That's it from us then. Australia will play Pakistan in the final on Sunday. Should be a good contest. As Finch said, if Australia can polish up a few areas, they will give a hard time to their opponents. Pakistan clicked as a batting unit last game and they will hope to continue the good work. Join us back in a couple of days time for the finale. The game begins at 10:00 local time. Goodbye!

Aaron Finch: "They bowled well towards the end. We probably made it more difficult than we had to. It's important to get some time in the middle. If we can polish up a few areas in all three facets, we will be in a good position. I thought we executed really well with the ball towards the death of the innings."

Andrew Tye (Man of the Match): "I have been working on trying to take wicket at crucial times. I have been pretty lucky in the series picking up wickets at the death. I try to mix the rhythm up by changing the pace. The energy within the group is really gearing up towards the final."

Hamilton Masakadza: "The guys fought hard there and took it till the end. The wicket played a little bit slower than expected. We spoke about coming back from the first two games. I am sure we will keep getting better as we move towards the ODI series against Pakistan."

Some momentum gained by Australia before the final, but they should have sealed this much earlier. Finch and Carey departed early, but Head and Maxwell revived the innings with a 103-run stand for the third wicket. Australia were cruising, but Maxwell threw it away after his fifty and then Zimbabwe managed to get Maddinson and Head in quick succession. Stoinis and Agar saw off some nervy moments before taking their side home.

19.5
4
Tiripano to Stoinis, FOUR, full toss and smashed to the deep square leg boundary. Australia are home by 5 wickets. Hands on head for Tiripano, tried the yorker there but bowled a full toss

2 needed off 2

19.4
1
Tiripano to Agar, 1 run, slower delivery outside off stump, Agar drills it to mid-off, Hamilton Masakadza fumbles and then fires a direct-hit and that fumble was enough for Agar to reach home

Direct-hit at the bowler's end. Agar is in though!

19.3
1
Tiripano to Stoinis, 1 run, slower ball bouncer, pulled to deep mid-wicket
19.2
1
Tiripano to Agar, 1 run, low full toss, Agar smashes it onto his pad and Stoinis is smart enough to race across to the striker's end

Five needed off five

19.1
0
Tiripano to Agar, no run, beaten, slower delivery angled across, Agar tries to slash and misses
19.1
1
Tiripano to Agar, wide, this time he sprays it way outside off stump for another wide. Harsh call maybe! Oh that wasn't a wide, went just inside
19.1
1
Tiripano to Agar, wide, that's a gift to Australia. The slower ball bouncer goes as a wide down the leg-side

7 needed off the final over.

18.6
1
Muzarabani to Agar, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off stump, Agar dabs it to deep backward point
18.5
2
Muzarabani to Agar, 2 runs, driven straight to cover, Stoinis is out of the crease at the bowler's end, Waller has a shy and there's no one backing up. Would have been a dot ball, but it's two now
18.4
1
Muzarabani to Stoinis, 1 run, this is another mishit, Wellington Masakadza takes the catch on the edge of the rope, but releases the ball as he was about to cross the boundary. Slower delivery on the stumps, Stoinis lofts to long-on, Masakadza took the catch reverse-cup style but there was no one close for him to relay
18.3
2
Muzarabani to Stoinis, 2 runs, edged but there is no one at slip. Good length delivery outside off stump, Stoinis tries to defend, gets a thick edge, third man put in the dive and saved two runs

Ashton Agar, left handed bat, comes to the crease

18.2
0
Muzarabani to Head, out Caught by Masakadza!! Now then, now then! The set Head gifts his wicket. Slower delivery on the stumps, Head wants to loft it over long-on, instead found the fielder. Head is gutted that he could not finish the job. 13 needed from 10 balls. Head c Masakadza b Muzarabani 48(42) [4s-3]

Muzarabani to Head, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

18.1
1
Muzarabani to Stoinis, 1 run, short of length delivery on the off stump, Stoinis tucks it to deep mid-wicket
17.6
1
Tiripano to Stoinis, 1 run, slower ball bouncer from Tiripano, Stoinis pulls and finds mid-wicket
17.5
2
Tiripano to Stoinis, 2 runs, short of length delivery just outside off stump, Stoinis tucks it towards mid-wicket and gets back for two
17.4
1
Tiripano to Head, 1 run, slower delivery on the leg stump, Head turns it to square leg

Marcus Stoinis, right handed bat, comes to the crease

17.3
0
Tiripano to Maddinson, out Caught by Muzarabani!! Maddinson's woes in the middle-order continue. Slower short ball, Maddinson went for the pull, got a top edge that flew to the right of short fine leg, who ran to complete the catch. 18 needed off 15 balls now. Can Zimbabwe work on the opening and put pressure on Australia? Maddinson c Muzarabani b Tiripano 2(5)

Tiripano to Maddinson, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

17.2
1
Tiripano to Head, 1 run, slower delivery outside off stump, Head drives it to mid-off
17.1
1
Tiripano to Maddinson, leg byes, 1 run, slower ball bouncer, Maddinson was early into the pull, the ball rolls beside the pitch off the body and they steal a run

Donald Tiripano [2.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack

Just 20 needed off 18 balls

16.6
1
Muzarabani to Maddinson, 1 run, short of length delivery just outside off stump, Maddinson hops and guides it to third man
16.5
0
Muzarabani to Maddinson, no run, good length delivery on the off stump, Maddinson defends into the on-side
16.4
1
Muzarabani to Head, 1 run, quietly nudged away to square leg
16.3
1
Muzarabani to Maddinson, 1 run, short of length delivery on the stumps, Maddinson flicks it to deep square leg

Nic Maddinson, left handed bat, comes to the crease

16.2
0
Muzarabani to Maxwell, out Caught by Chigumbura!! Hit straight to the fielder at cover. Full ball outside off stump, Maxwell drills it hard from a fuller length wanting to go over the top, but hit it to hand. End of a fantastic 103-run partnership. Maxwell c Chigumbura b Muzarabani 56(38) [4s-1 6s-5]

Muzarabani to Maxwell, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

16.1
1
Muzarabani to Head, 1 run, slower delivery on the stumps, Head wanted to pull, under-edged it to the keeper

Blessing Muzarabani [2.0-0-10-1] is back into the attack

15.6
0
Masakadza to Maxwell, no run, backed away and tried to smash it hard, got an under edge that rolled into the on-side
15.5
6
Masakadza to Maxwell, SIX, the partnership between Maxwell and Head is now, oh no! Can't bowl that short. Maxwell stays leg-side of the ball and slaps it straight back over the sightscreen for a maximum
15.4
0
Masakadza to Maxwell, no run, flatter delivery on the off stump, Maxwell defends
15.3
6
Masakadza to Maxwell, SIX, smashed! 4th T20I fifty for Maxwell with a massive six. Full delivery on the stumps, Maxwell slogs and connects really well, clearing the mid-wicket boundary. A gentle raise of the bat to acknowledge the applause
15.2
0
Masakadza to Maxwell, no run, Maxwell keeps it out
15.1
1
Masakadza to Head, 1 run, stumping missed. Head raced down the pitch and tried to swing hard, missed, the keeper didn't expect the ball coming his way and didn't move his hands, hit the glove and escaped

Wellington Masakadza [3.0-0-19-1] is back into the attack

14.6
0
Brandon Mavuta to Maxwell, no run, very full and outside off stump, Maxwell backs away and tries to slap hard, hits it back to the bowler. 4-0-33-0 on debut for Brandon Mavuta
14.5
0
Brandon Mavuta to Maxwell, no run, another googly, Maxwell defends
14.4
0
Brandon Mavuta to Maxwell, no run, spinning away outside off stump, Maxwell cuts it to point
14.3
1
Brandon Mavuta to Head, 1 run, oh the googly, Head had to adjust late for the dab, guided away to short third man
14.2
2
Brandon Mavuta to Head, 2 runs, shortish and outside off stump, Head cuts it to deep backward point
14.1
1
Brandon Mavuta to Maxwell, 1 run, shortish delivery on the stumps, Maxwell pulls it to deep mid-wicket
14.1
1
Brandon Mavuta to Maxwell, wide, oopsy! That's way outside off stump, lost control of the ball completely

Brandon Mavuta [3.0-0-28-0] is back into the attack

13.6
1
Waller to Maxwell, 1 run, darted outside off, but the length is short, slapped in front of square on the off-side
13.5
1
Waller to Head, 1 run, comes down the track and yorks himself. Squeezes it off the inside edge to short fine leg
13.4
0
Waller to Head, no run, hint of turn outside off, dabbed to short third man
13.3
1
Waller to Maxwell, 1 run, short and quick, pulled to deep mid-wicket
13.2
6
Waller to Maxwell, SIX, in the arc and Maxwell doesn't miss out. Loopy ball on middle and leg, Maxwell stays leg-side of the ball to flog it over deep mid-wicket
13.1
1
Waller to Head, 1 run, turning away outside off, Head with a crouched stance cuts it through point

Malcolm Waller [1.0-0-10-0] is back into the attack

These two are crusing along nicely here. Australia need 52 runs in 7 overs.

12.6
2
Masakadza to Maxwell, 2 runs, wristed through mid-wicket and that results in another couple. Brings up Australia's 100
12.5
0
Masakadza to Maxwell, no run, Maxwell is neither forward nor back as he defends this straight ball back to the bowler
12.4
2
Masakadza to Maxwell, 2 runs, tucked through mid-wicket for a brace
12.3
4
Masakadza to Maxwell, FOUR, that's expertly done. Moves a long way towards leg-side, aloows it to free his arms. It was a full ball on the stumps and Maxwell thumped it inside-out over extra cover. Clean strike for a one-bounce four
12.2
1
Masakadza to Head, 1 run, comes down the track, gets to cvlose to the pitch of the ball and chips it over mid-wicket
12.1
1
Masakadza to Maxwell, 1 run, slides in a length ball from round the wicket, Maxwell taps it in front of backward point with soft hands for a quick single

Wellington Masakadza [2.0-0-9-1] is back into the attack

11.6
1
Brandon Mavuta to Maxwell, 1 run, quicker ball on the stumps, Maxwell taps it to cover-point by opening the bat-face. Keeps the strike with a single
11.5
1
Brandon Mavuta to Head, 1 run, saw the batsman come down the track and floated this down leg. Head adjusts to work it to deep square leg
11.4
4
Brandon Mavuta to Head, FOUR, shortish leg-break, Head rocks back and pummels the pull through mid-wicket. Easy pickings for Head
11.3
1
Brandon Mavuta to Maxwell, 1 run, pulled off the inside half to short fine leg
11.2
0
Brandon Mavuta to Maxwell, no run, brave to toss it up to Maxwell. The batsman tries to loft over extra cover, fails to put bat on ball as it spins past the outside edge
11.1
1
Brandon Mavuta to Head, 1 run, slow leg-break, nudged in front of short fine leg
10.6
0
Waller to Maxwell, no run, turns in from a short of length and Maxwell bunts it in the direction of the spin. Can't beat mid-wicket
10.5
1
Waller to Head, 1 run, jabbed through mid-wicket and the batsmen have to settle with a single
10.4
1
Waller to Maxwell, 1 run, punched to long-off
10.3
2
Waller to Maxwell, 2 runs, dragged down, pulled hard towards fine leg. The fielder in the deep does a good job. Sprinted across and stopped with a slide
10.2
6
Waller to Maxwell, SIX, superb shot. Waller overpitches and Maxwell bludgeons it down the ground. Hoists it over long-on and the six brings up the half-ton stand between the duo
10.1
0
Waller to Maxwell, no run, starts from round the wicket and darts it down leg-side. Maxwell misses the tickle and might have brushed his pad before going into the mitts of the keeper. An optimistic appeal for caught-behind

Malcolm Waller, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

Ten overs remain. 80 to win. Zimbabwe need wickets. Here's another spinner.

9.6
1
Brandon Mavuta to Maxwell, 1 run, shortish, quicker and on the pads, tickled to short fine leg and Maxwell keeps the strike
9.5
6
Brandon Mavuta to Maxwell, SIX, wow! Lovely shot. Tossed up outside off, Maxwell reaches for it with a stride forward and chips it over wide long-off. Didn't try to over-hit and made excellent contact
9.4
1
Brandon Mavuta to Head, 1 run, turned towards short mid-wicket
9.3
2
Brandon Mavuta to Head, 2 runs, glanced off the hips to backward square leg and the batsmen come back for the second run. The Zimbabweans go up for a run-out appeal. Is Head in? Just in. It was a superb throw from the fielder in the deep and the keeper was quick to whip off the bails. A direct hit would have been curtains for Head
9.2
2
Brandon Mavuta to Head, 2 runs, short ball, pulled hard, wide of the mid-wicket fielder. The deep mid-wicket fielder finds the target at the keeper's end, but Maxwell was in. The ball deflects off the stumps towards cover and the batsmen nab one more run
9.1
1
Brandon Mavuta to Maxwell, 1 run, flat and quick from a short of length, whipped to deep mid-wicket

Australia seem to be in no hurry. They require 93 runs in 66 balls.

8.6
1
Mire to Maxwell, 1 run, slow and dipping low full toss, meant to be the yorker, Maxwell eases it to long-on
8.5
1
Mire to Head, 1 run, off-paced pitched up delivery, driven to mid-off for a single
8.4
2
Mire to Head, 2 runs, too straight, tucked through backward square leg
8.3
2
Mire to Head, 2 runs, short again, pulled to deep mid-wicket
8.2
0
Mire to Head, no run, effort ball from Mire and he gets sharp lift. Head is early on the pull and gets hit on the helmet in front of the ear. Was beaten for the lack of pace. Mire apologises to the batter. Head is fine to resume
8.1
1
Mire to Maxwell, 1 run, Maxwell gets a faint inside edge onto his pad looking to flick this short of length delivery. Bounced more than he expected
7.6
0
Brandon Mavuta to Head, no run, doesn't know which way the ball is spinning. Head presses forward to nudge it into the leg-side. He played for the leg-break, but it turned the other way. Trims the outside edge and rolls towards short third man
7.5
2
Brandon Mavuta to Head, 2 runs, googly from Mavuta, too short and too wide. Head has ample time to stay back in the crease and late-cut it to third man
7.4
1
Brandon Mavuta to Maxwell, 1 run, too short, cut away to sweeper cover. 50 up for Australia
7.3
2
Brandon Mavuta to Maxwell, 2 runs, straight ball, driven through cover-point and Maxwell comes back for the second. A better throw from the deep would have made things interesting
7.2
0
Brandon Mavuta to Maxwell, no run, in-drifter, Maxwell drives it back to the bowler off the inside half
7.2
2
Brandon Mavuta to Head, 2 wides, now Head lets it go. The leggie spinning down leg. The keeper fails to gather it cleanly
7.1
0
Brandon Mavuta to Head, no run, the debutant starts with a leg-break down leg, Head chases it and blunts it to mid-wicket

Brandon Mavuta, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

6.6
1
Mire to Head, 1 run, shorter in length and straighter in line, Head swivel-pulls it to fine leg and keeps the strike
6.5
2
Mire to Head, 2 runs, normal-paced length ball, steered to third man
6.4
4
Mire to Head, FOUR, edged and four! Once again, Head is early to waft his bat at this wide-ish ball from a short of length. Was a slower ball and it trimmed the outside edge to run away to the third man fence
6.3
2
Mire to Head, 2 runs, another off-paced delivery, fuller in length, Head eases the drive to sweeper cover
6.2
0
Mire to Head, no run, short ball wide off, was there to be cut away, but Head fails to put bat on ball. It was the slower delivery and the left-handed batsman didn't spot that
6.1
1
Mire to Maxwell, 1 run, starts with a pitched up delivery, driven towards mid-off. Hamilton Masakadza, the fielder was deep and hence even a direct hit wasn't sufficient

Solomon Mire, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

Powerplay done - Australia are 35/2. Zimbabwe are ahead at this juncture. They'll have to continue applying the pressure.

5.6
1
Tiripano to Maxwell, leg byes, 1 run, too straight, Maxwell shuffles across and misses the tickle. The ball rolls towards short fine leg off his thigh pad
5.5
1
Tiripano to Head, 1 run, bunted wide of mid-on for a single
5.4
4
Tiripano to Head, FOUR, slightly short and hint of width outside off, Head hops a tad and upper-cuts. The ball flies off the top edge and goes into the third man fence. The man in the deep couldn't cut it off as he was squarer
5.3
0
Tiripano to Head, no run, Tiripano shortened the length, probably on seeing the batsman advance down the pitch. The line was leg-stump and Head misses the tuck. Russell Tiffin deems it to be a fair delivery
5.2
0
Tiripano to Head, no run, good length ball just outside off, pushed firmly to cover
5.1
0
Tiripano to Head, no run, good length ball around off, Head drives off the outside half to point
4.6
0
Muzarabani to Maxwell, no run, good length ball and Maxwell square-drives on the rise. Can't find the gap - courtesy a diving stop from the backward point fielder
4.5
1
Muzarabani to Head, 1 run, now gets it to straighten and Head gets an inside edge onto his pad as he looked to defend. The ball rolls towards point and the batsmen nab a run
4.4
1
Muzarabani to Maxwell, 1 run, in-seamer from a short of length, bunted towards mid-wicket
4.4
1
Muzarabani to Maxwell, wide, drifting down the leg-side

Glenn Maxwell, right handed bat, comes to the crease

4.3
0
Muzarabani to Carey, out Caught by (sub)Ryan Murray!! Edged and gone. A simple catch for the vocal substitute keeper. Probing ball - short of a good length delivery angling across the left-hander. Not sure what Carey was trying to do there. With a slip in place, he opened his bat-face in an attempt to run it down to third man. A healthy outside edge and Murray makes no mistake. Carey c (sub)Ryan Murray b Muzarabani 16(17) [4s-2]

Muzarabani to Carey, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

4.2
0
Muzarabani to Carey, no run, pacy length ball on the stumps, no room on offer and Carey dead-bats it into the pitch. Ventures out of his crease, but Muzarabani attacks the ball in his followthrough and the batsman hurries back into his crease
4.1
0
Muzarabani to Carey, no run, stays back and opens his bat-face to steer it to third man. A diving backward point stops it

Blessing Muzarabani [1.0-0-7-0] is back into the attack

3.6
2
Tiripano to Head, 2 runs, slower ball, but the line is too straight. On the pads and that's hepled on its way to long leg
3.5
0
Tiripano to Head, no run, similar ball, a hopping Head opens his bat-face to defend it to backward point
3.4
0
Tiripano to Head, no run, fizzy shortish ball, Head rises on his toes to block it into the pitch
3.4
1
Tiripano to Head, wide, length ball down leg, past the glance of Head
3.3
0
Tiripano to Head, no run, back of a length delivery, Head rides the bounce and defends it to backward point
3.2
1
Tiripano to Carey, 1 run, turned off his hips to deep square leg
3.1
4
Tiripano to Carey, FOUR, overpitches wide of off and Carey won't miss out on those. Bends forward and caresses the drive wide of mid-off. raced away

Donald Tiripano, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

2.6
1
Masakadza to Carey, leg byes, 1 run, an appeal for lbw as Carey misses the premeditated sweep against a quick short of length ball. Where did it picth? Probably outside leg
2.5
0
Masakadza to Carey, no run, very full, bit of away drift, Carey looks to whip and gets an inside edge onto his boot that rolls into the cover region. Head is halfway down and gets sent back. Luckily for the non-striker, the ball didn't roll straight towards any fielder and Head makes his ground with a dive
2.4
1
Masakadza to Head, 1 run, slower through the air, clipped through mid-wicket
2.4
1
Masakadza to Head, 1 run, slower through the air, clipped through mid-wicket
2.3
1
Masakadza to Carey, 1 run, on the ribs, tickled to short fine leg
2.2
0
Masakadza to Carey, no run, blocked

Travis Head, left handed bat, comes to the crease

2.1
0
Masakadza to Finch, out Caught by Musakanda!! Failure for Finch and Australia need someone else to win this game for them. A shortish ball that skid through, Finch goes hard on the pull after moving leg-side and mishits it. Lost the shape too in the process. Musakanda, at deep mid-wicket, ran to his left to gobble that up. A big wicket early in the innings for Zimbabwe. Finch c Musakanda b Masakadza 3(5)

Masakadza to Finch, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

Finch departs!

1.6
2
Muzarabani to Carey, 2 runs, in the air and safe! The mistimed loft went miles up in the air, but eluded the mid-off fielder who ran back. Fuller than a good length ball, Carey was early into his shot - the lofted straight drive and in the end got it off the cue end. Just two runs
1.5
1
Muzarabani to Finch, 1 run, goes for the muscular pull after fetching it from outside off. Was slightly early into the stroke and the inside edge rolls to deep backward square leg
1.5
1
Muzarabani to Finch, wide, slips one down the leg-side and Finch lets it go. Wided
1.4
1
Muzarabani to Carey, 1 run, skiddy short of length delivery with a bit of extra bounce and Carey gets into a tangle. He is late to close his bat-face and the ball balloons up off the splice. Luckily falls short and wide of the man at 45
1.3
0
Muzarabani to Carey, no run, pacy length ball angled across the lefty, Carey leans across to tap it to backward point
1.2
1
Muzarabani to Finch, 1 run, angles in a short of length from round the wicket, ends up on the pads of Finch, who tucks it around the corner

A slip in place

1.1
1
Muzarabani to Carey, 1 run, starts with a back of a length delivery on the ribs, tickled behind square on the leg-side

Blessing Muzarabani, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

0.6
1
Masakadza to Carey, 1 run, as expected, Masakadza darts one on the stumps, broomed to long-on
0.5
4
Masakadza to Carey, FOUR, cheeky and effective. Masakadza tosses it up and Carey went across in his crease to get down on a knee and scoop it over the keeper's head. Superbly done. Fetched it from outside off to collect the first boundary of the innings
0.4
0
Masakadza to Carey, no run, fired on off from round the wicket, blocked
0.3
1
Masakadza to Finch, 1 run, persists with the shorish length, tucked towards mid-wicket
0.2
1
Masakadza to Carey, 1 run, Carey gets off the mark straightaway. Flat and short, pulled off the back foot to deep mid-wicket
0.1
1
Masakadza to Finch, leg byes, 1 run, starts with a slider on the pads, Finch is late on the glance and the ball rolls to short fine leg off the pads

Finch and Carey are at the crease. Finch is on strike. Masakadza will open the attack