Townsville: Zimbabwe were recently whitewashed in the three-match series at home against India. Then Zimbabwe lost the series after losing the first two matches of the three-match ODI series on the Australia tour (Australia vs Zimbabwe). However, in the last match of the series, Ryan Burl made a big mistake. Zimbabwe beat Australia for the first time in an ODI on Australian soil.
Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bowl first in the third match of the series in Townsville. Taking advantage of the environment with the ball, Nayuchi and Brad Evans started. Australia lost five wickets for 72 runs in 18 overs. Apart from David Warner, none of Australia’s first six batsmen could reach double-digit scores. Steve Smith (5), Aaron Finch (1), Alex Carrera (4) all failed. Then the ‘Bearl Show’ started. One by one, Australia collapsed like a house of cards.
Warner’s fight alone
David Warner was just standing at the other end. He alone scored 94 runs off 96 balls. Without Warner, Australia might not have crossed the century mark today. In the end, the innings ended at 141 runs. Barl took five wickets for 10 runs in just three overs. Zimbabwe’s two openers Kaitano and Marumi did not make a bad start. The two shared an opening partnership of 38 runs. However, Zimbabwe lost three wickets within six runs. Jos Hazlewood took two wickets in two balls. After 77 runs, half the Zimbabwean team went back to the dressing room.
Burl’s all-round show
Sikander Raja, who was in terrific form, also failed. He returned in just eight runs. At this time, captain Regis Chakava took the lead of the team. He handled the innings with a cool head. In the end, Chakava gave the team a much-desired victory by being unbeaten on 37 runs. Zimbabwe lost to Australia in ODIs only for the third time in 33 matches. However, Chakavara defeated them for the first time in Australia’s home field. Zimbabwean all-rounder Burl was declared man of the match for taking five wickets, 11 runs and three catches. However, Australia won the series 2-1.
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