In the third one-day international between Australia and Zimbabwe, Ryan Burl and Regis Chakabva were key contributors to Zimbabwe’s memorable and historic victory over Australia.
Brad Evans brought up a historic occasion for Zimbabwe when he drove Mitchell Starc through the covers for a single. This brought up a historic moment because it was Zimbabwe’s first ever win against Australia in any format in Australia.
In the third one-day international match that took place at the Riverway Stadium in Townsville, Zimbabwe chased down the total in the 39th over with three wickets left over after having bowled Australia out for 141 runs. As Evans struck the winning shot, he threw his arms in the air before even completing the run, and everyone in the Zimbabwe dugout celebrated with a group hug.
“We showed a whole lot of fight… it was a credit to the work the players put in,” said Zimbabwe captain Regis Chakabva, who led the team in scoring with a composed 37 not out. Chakabva also led the team in not being out.
After the wicket of Murumani (35), who was bowled by the tall all-rounder Cameron Green, a jittery Zimbabwe, who were looking for just their third victory against Australia in 32 ODIs, batted carefully and slipped to 77-5.
Chakabva helped to soothe the nerves of the Zimbabwean team, and he was joined by an inspired Burl, who smashed a six off of the player-of-the-series Adam Zampa to bring Zimbabwe closer to achieving a famous triumph.
He was eliminated with five runs still needed, but there was no unexpected turn of events.
Aaron Finch, the captain of the Australian team, stated that “you turn up to international sport and you may get thrashed on any day,” and that is exactly what happened today.
“From the beginning, they were quite aggressive with the ball.”
The eventual victory fueled Zimbabwe’s bid to climb the ODI Super League ladder, which contributes towards qualification for the 50-over World Cup that will be held in India next year. This was the first time in ODIs that Zimbabwe had bowled out Australia.
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