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Zimbabwe Stun Australia By Five Wickets In Twenty20 World Cup Tie At Cape Town

photo4.jpgIn a major upset of the Twenty20 World Cup, Zimbabwe pulled off a sensational five-wicket win over Australia at Cape Town on Wednesday.

Zimbabwean wicketkeeper batsman Brendon Taylor shined both behind and in front of the wickets as he made his first International Twenty20 half century. His fifty came in style and in just 38 balls.

Chasing a target of 139, Vusi Sibanda and Brendon Taylor set the tone for the Zimbabwean chase with a 31-run opening partnership before the former was caught behind by Adam Gilchrist on a ball by Nathan Bracken for 23. Chamu Chibhabha(15) was next to be caught by Gilchrist off a Stuart Clark delivery.

Gilchrist grabbed his third catch by dismissing Tatenda Taibu(0) when the latter lofted a Mitchell Johnson delivery.

Stuart Matsikinyeri then became the fourth Zimbabwean victim as he too edged the ball that went high up in the air to settle into the hands of Gilchrist. Matsikinyeri made 3 runs.

Earlier, a depleted Australian side could manage just 138 runs for the loss of 8 wickets against Zimbabwe.

Australia were sent into tizzy as they lost their top batsmen to some brilliant bowling and fielding display by Zimbabwe. The Australians were moving so slow that their run rate read 5.1 rpo in 10 overs.

The wickets started tumbling for Australia right in the first over when Elton Chigumbura dismissed Matthew Hayden. Hayden edged an outside off delivery from Chigumbura straight into the hands of wicketkeeper Brendon Taylor.

Stuart Matsikinyeri then grabbed a miscued shot from Adam Gilchrist to give Chigumbara another wicket. Australia lost their second wicket in the third over.

Australia then lost their two more batsmen in quick succession. Hussey and Symonds tried to steady things at Newlands but they too failed. Michael Hussey was soon dismissed as he was run out on a direct hit from Vusi Sibanda.

Wicketkeeper Brendon Taylor stumped Andrew Symonds as Australian score read a terrible 86 for 5. And just as they crossed the 100 run mark in the 16th over, Brad Haddin fell victim to an excellent bowling display by Chamunorwa Chibhabha. Haddin made 6 runs from 12 balls.

Things worsened further for Australia as Brett Lee was then clean bowled by Gary Brent in the 18th over. Lee though, hammered a magnificent six and made 13 runs.

Then in the last over of the innings there was another mix up between the two Australian batsmen. Mitchell Johnson then fell terribly short of his crease as Taylor dislodged the stumps at the batsman’s end.

Earlier, Australian skipper Ricky Ponting won the toss and decided to bat first against Zimbabwe. Zimbabwean captain Prosper Utseya however was satisfied with the decision as he said that he himself would have bowled first.


Australia Innings

A Gilchrist c Matsikenyeri b Chigumbura 4
M Hayden c Taylor b Chigumbura 4
R Ponting c Chigumbura b Brent 8
A Symonds st Taylor b Masakadza 33
M Hussey run out (Sibanda) 15
B Hodge not out 35
B Haddin c Chigumbura b Utseya 6
B Lee b Brent 12
M Johnson run out (Brent/Taylor) 9
N Bracken c Sibanda b Chigumbura 4

Extras: (b-2, w-6) 8

Total: (9 wickets; 20 overs) 138

Fall of wickets:

1-7 (Hayden), 2-12 (Gilchrist), 3-19 (Ponting), 4-48 (Hussey), 5-86 (Symonds), 6-102 (Haddin), 7-119 (Lee), 8-134 (Johnson), 9-138 (Bracken)


E Chigumbura 3 0 20 3
G B Brent 4 0 19 2
T Mupariwa 3 0 23 0
C Chibhabha 3 0 17 0
P Utseya 4 0 28 1
T Taibu 2 0 20 0
H Masakadza 1 0 9 1

Zimbabwe Innings

V Sibanda c Gilchrist b Bracken 23
B Taylor not out 60
C Chibhabha c Gilchrist b Clark 15
T Taibu c Gilchrist b Johnson 0
S Matsikenyeri c Gilchrist b Clark 3
H Masakadza lbw b Lee 27
E Chigumbura not out 4

Extras: (lb-4, w-3) 7

Total: (5 wickets; 19.5 overs) 139

Fall of wickets:

1-31 (Sibanda, 2-54 (Chibhabha), 3-55 (Taibu), 4-70 (Matsikenyeri), 5-123 (Masakadza)

Bowling O M R W

B Lee 4 0 31 1
N Bracken 3.5 0 25 1
S Clark 4 0 22 2
M Johnson 4 0 26 1
A Symonds 2 0 11 0
B Hodge 2 0 20 0

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