AUS vs ZIM: Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa help Australia steamroll Zimbabwe in 2nd ODI

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AUS vs ZIM: Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa help Australia steamroll Zimbabwe in 2nd ODI
AUS vs ZIM: Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa help Australia steamroll Zimbabwe in 2nd ODI

AUS vs ZIM: Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa help Australia steamroll Zimbabwe in 2nd ODI

AUS vs ZIM: Australia defeated Zimbabwe by eight wickets in the second one-day international on Wednesday, giving the host team an unbeatable 2-0 series lead in Townsville thanks to three wickets each from Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa.

Zimbabwe was put in to bat, however they were unable to match their decent performance from game one, failing to make it through 27.5 overs and getting dismissed for 96. In response, Australia scored 100-2 in 14.4 overs in front of a small workday crowd.

“Pretty clinical today,” Starc said in the post-match news conference.

“Some guys are coming off some cricket, others are coming off a few weeks of no matches. I think everyone’s finding a nice rhythm.”

The left-armer bowled quickly to destroy Zimbabwe’s top order while compiling stats of 3-24. After losing 25-3 in the first powerplay and losing the wicket of Sunday’s leading scorer, Wesley Madhevere, who was caught lbw for zero, the underdog tourists never recovered.

When Sikandar Raza (17) and skipper Regis Chakabva (10) heaved recklessly, providing catching practise while the side was in a perilous situation, Zimbabwe’s stated strategy of targeting the Australian spinners fell apart.

Sean Williams, who was making a comeback from an elbow ailment, provided the sole opposition. He scored the most runs with 29, but Zampa (3-21) eventually forced an edge.

Zimbabwe was in trouble at 83-7 when the left-hander exited. But the end came quickly as Zampa and seamer Cameron Green worked together to remove the lower order.

The Australia openers both taken out by the seamer Richard Ngarava two overs after the innings break.

Brad Evans at third man successfully caught David Warner (13). While skipper Aaron Finch caught on one by Raza in the slips three balls later, failing to reach double digits.

Nearly four hours before the scheduled end of play, Steve Smith (47 not out) and Alex Carey (26 not out) batted skillfully to chase down the last runs without the pressure of the scoreboard.

The third and final match will be played in Townsville on Saturday