ODI tri-series 4th Match: The 31-year wait is over!

Chigumbura celebrates after Zimbabwe beat Australia for the first time in 31 years

Chigumbura celebrates after Zimbabwe beat Australia for the first time in 31 years

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It has been 11,406 days since the last time Zimbabwe beat Australia, which came during the 1983 World Cup at Trent Bridge.

However, Zimbabwe have had to wait 31 years until they beat Australia in an ODI again, but the victory was made even sweeter by the fact that they were playing on home soil.

Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura was the hero this time around as he scored a match-winning 52 to help his side stun Australia in Harare.

Australia captain Michael Clarke would have been regretting his decision to bat first after opening batsman Aaron Finch was clean bowled by John Nyumbu for 11 runs.

Phillip Hughes only made 10 runs before he was caught by Nyumbu at slip off the bowling of Prosper Utseya.

George Bailey failed to have an impact with the bat as well as he was cleaned up by Sean Williams for one run.

Glenn Maxwell mustered 13 runs before he was cleaned up by Malcolm Waller.

Mitchell Marsh fared no better as he was caught by Utseya at short cover off the bowling of Donald Tiripano for 15 runs.

Clarke and Brad Haddin stabilised the innings with a 50-run partnership, during which Clarke brought up his half-century, before he aggravated his hamstring injury and decided to retire.

James Faulkner failed to trouble the scorers as he was caught by Nyumbu off the bowling of Utseya.

Mitchell Starc scored three runs before he was clean bowled by Williams.

Ben Cutting made a quickfire 26 before he was run out by Brendan Taylor.

Haddin went on to score 49, which came off 66 balls and included two boundaries and three sixes, before he was caught by Waller at long-on off the bowling of Tiripano.

Thanks to Clarke’s unbeaten knock of 68, which came off 102 deliveries and included two boundaries, Australia finished on 209/9 off their 50 overs.

Clarke made a gutsy 68

Clarke made a gutsy 68

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Utseya, Tiripano and Williams picked up two wickets apiece, while Nyumbu and Waller chipped in with one wicket each.

Chasing 210 to win, Zimbabwe got off to a solid start as Sikandar Raza and Tino Mawoyo amassed a 42-run partnership before Raza was caught by Steven Smith, who was the substitute fielder, at first slip off the bowling of Nathan Lyon for 22.

Mawoyo ended up making 15 before he was cleaned up by Lyon.

Hamilton Masakadza and Taylor steadied the innings with a 56-run partnership before Masakadza had his stumps shattered by Starc for 18.

Taylor went on to score 32 before he was clean bowled by Lyon.

Williams only made four runs before he was brilliantly caught by Clarke at slip off the bowling of Lyon.

Waller accumulated 11 runs before he was caught and bowled by Maxwell.

Tiripano made three runs before he was cleaned up by Starc.

However, it was all Zimbabwe from this point on as Chigumbura and Utseya amassed an unbeaten 55-run partnership, during which Chigumbura brought up his half-century, to lead their side to a historic win.

Chigumbura finished on 52 off 68 balls, which included four boundaries, while Utseya remained undefeated on 30 off 28 deliveries, which included two boundaries and a six.

Lyon was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Starc snapped up two and Maxwell claimed one.

Lyon dismissed Raza, Mawoyo, Taylor and Williams

Lyon dismissed Raza, Mawoyo, Taylor and Williams

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Clarke was gutted to have lost the match, but praised Zimbabwe nonetheless, and said: “Definitely not enough runs. But credit to Zimbabwe.¬†They bowled well and batted well. We lost the match during our innings. And Zimbabwe showed us how to play spin. We have to make sure we are switched on for our next match against South Africa.”

Chigumbura, who was also named Man of the Match, was over the moon at having created history, and said: “I had to be there till the end. The most important thing was to stay calm. The guys worked very hard for this and the supporters were behind us throughout. Today we showed some improvement. We just have to keep working. Hopefully we will have another good game on Thursday. Prosper came in and said he wanted to be positive. That was good for me because I could try and stay there.”

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