AUS vs ZIM 3rd ODI: Ryan Burl picks up five wickets as Zimbabwe shock Australia
AUS vs ZIM 3rd ODI: Zimbabwe shocked Australia in the third one-day international in Townsville, winning by three wickets on Saturday, and preventing the hosts from sweeping the series. Leg-spinner Ryan Burl pulled up 5-10 in only three overs.
To the audience’s fleeting pleasure, Australia was put into bat. However, after 31 overs, they were all out for 141 runs, with David Warner making the sole meaningful contribution with a counterattacking 94 from 96 balls.
The Australian bowlers made a valiant effort to hold off the low total. But visiting captain Regis Chakabva (37 off 72 balls) ensured his side secured an unlikely upset, winning just their third ODI match against the hosts. Their final score of 142-7 in 39 overs defied Australia’s bowlers’ best efforts.
The difficult morning weather did not seem to be improving Aaron Finch’s miserable run of form. Before caught at second slip off the bowling of seamer Richard Ngarava, who dismissed the Australia captain in each of the three games, he added five runs.
Australia slipped to 72-5 when left-arm spinner Sean Williams had Cameron Green caught for three as the wickets fell on the two-paced surface.
Warner maintained his composure as wickets fell all around him, including two in Burl’s first over. When the all-rounder dismissed Ashton Agar for a duck and Glenn Maxwell for 19.
However, the daring opening failed to reach three figures, slogging Burl into Brad Evans’ hands.
After clean-bowling Mitchell Starc in the 30th over, Burl just needed to wait three more balls for Josh Hazlewood to caught behind for his maiden international five-wicket haul.
In the reply, the openers Takudzwanashe Kaitano (19) and Tadiwanashe Marumani (35) withstood early pressure. But Hazlewood’s consecutive wickets pushed Zimbabwe back.
In his 102nd ODI, Starc became the player with the fastest 200 wickets. After having man-of-the-match Burl caught for 11 late in the innings.
The innings anchored by Chakabva’s captain’s knock, however it too little, too late.
Townsville’s place in Zimbabwean cricket legend cemented when Evans hit Starc through the covers. For the go-ahead runs, marking the team’s first ODI victory over the hosts on Australian soil.
The T20 World Cup will take place in Australia in October. And Zimbabwe’s next task is a one-day series against New Zealand that will begin in Cairns on Tuesday.