Match Over - Australia won by 100 runs + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Zimbabwe, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Harare Sports Club
  • Referee: JJ Crowe
  • When: 03 Jul 2018, 10:00 SAST
  • Winner: Australia
  • Man of the Match: AJ Finch


  • Umpire1: TJ Matibiri
  • Umpire2: L Rusere
  • Third Umpire: RB Tiffin



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0




Overs: 20.0 / 20.0


2pm That's all from us at ESPNcricinfo. What a memorable day for cricket. A record-breaking day as Australia secured their passage into the tri-series final. The cricket, however, does not stop at all. We'll be back, once again, tomorrow morning to bring you the fourth game of the series - between Zimbabwe and Pakistan. Till then, on behalf of Ranjith P, this is Sreshth Shah signing off.

1.53pm Time for the presentation.

Aaron Finch, the winning captain. Says: "Yeah, it was nice to get a few in the middle, and break the record. Could've started better with the ball, so I thought we could've been more polished in the field. I thought using the spinners was the right move on the surface. Short was good too, but we bowled well in the middle overs. This innings is right up there. They don't happen very often, so very pleased with it."

Hamilton Masakadza, the losing captain. Says: "We thought it couldn't get tougher than the first match, but here it was - got tougher. Credit to Finch, he struck it from first ball. Think we can bowl a bit better. We've conceded few too many in the Powerplay. We need someone to take a bit more responsibility. Boys started well with the bat. Tomorrow, let's see if we can improve in tomorrow's game against Pakistan."

Pranay: "They have post match presentation? Who is paying for that? Can poor cricketers get their salaries instead? All those exasperated by ZIM's performance, try working for free. " -- Whoa, easy there, Pranay. Zimbabwe Cricket have recently been handed a lifeline to get their finances sorted

1.20pm If you're wondering what records were broken today. Here's the full list

Sharma: "Finch showing what is wrong with the Australian ODI team. Why can't Australia play this team in the ODI format? Yes, Paine is amazing in tests but he has no place in the limited squad - and if you need more strength in the middle over, bring in Bailey for captaincy...or let Finch do it! "

Salman Zafar: "Australia beat Zimbabwe for the very first time in T20 history lol :)"

1.15pm The win never looked in doubt for Australia, even when Zimbabwe were going at over 10 per over in the Powerplay. The day belonged to Aaron Finch - who scored over 75% of Australia's runs today in his innings of 172. With a score like that, the task for Australia's bowlers were simple. They got smashed early on, but Tye and Agar did well to finish with remarkable figures of 3 for 12 and 2 for 16. That means Australia have qualfieid into the final, and now have a ridiculous NRR of +5.10. Stick around for the post-match presentation

19.6AJ Tye to J Nyumbu, No run, yorker on off, and blocked to cover. Australia win by 100 runs!.

final ball...

19.5AJ Tye to B Muzarabani, 1 run, low full toss on off, and that's been driven to long on for a single.

Rupesh Agarwal: "@Usama...probably Pramod had stanlake in his fantasy team as captain just like me."

19.4AJ Tye to J Nyumbu, 1 run, slower ball, full on off. Nyumbu uses his wrists to work it to fine leg for a single.
19.3AJ Tye to J Nyumbu, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, short on off, and that's been slapped over backward point! The audacity, you'd think, but Nyumbu gets this off the mean of the bat!.
19.2AJ Tye to J Nyumbu, No run, back of a length outside off. Nyumbu tries to poke at it, but inside edges it to the keeper. Almost chopped on.
19.1AJ Tye to J Nyumbu, No run, full just outside off, and driven to cover point.
End of over 19. 1 runs this over. 123/9 after 114 balls.
B Muzarabani 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) MP Stoinis 2-0-11-1
J Nyumbu 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Pratik: "@Usama Whats wrong in Pramod's comment? He said to rest Stanlake against less skilled Zim team!! not sure what has hurt you? "

End of over 18. 1 runs this over. 122/8 after 108 balls.
CB Mpofu 3 (15b 0x4 0x6 ) AJ Tye 3-1-6-3
B Muzarabani 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Usama: "@pramod one bad day can't define team. pak won series everywhere. even india cant in new Zealand. one bad day and u r saying like that. be a cricket fan"

Tozza: "Required run rate is 54! Good luck!"

End of over 17. 8 runs this over. 119/7 after 100 balls.
RP Burl 9 (13b 1x4 0x6 ) MP Stoinis 0-0-8-0
CB Mpofu 2 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Pramod Verma: "Australia should have rested Stanlake and only play him against pakistan in this series."

End of over 16. 3 runs this over. 111/7 after 96 balls.
RP Burl 4 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) JA Richardson 4-0-23-1
CB Mpofu 1 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 15.  A maiden over! 108/7 after 90 balls.
CB Mpofu 0 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) AC Agar 4-1-16-2
RP Burl 2 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 14. 7 runs this over. 108/7 after 84 balls.
TS Chisoro 6 (7b 0x4 1x6 ) GJ Maxwell 1-0-7-1
RP Burl 2 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 13.  A maiden over! 101/6 after 78 balls.
TS Chisoro 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) AJ Tye 2-1-5-2
RP Burl 1 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Stefan: "4 runs in 15 balls for 2 wickets. Talk about losing all momentum!"

Mustafa Moudi: "Cant get why everyone is behind Short. He is just 8 innings old and like any other player, needs time to develop his game. "

End of over 12. 3 runs this over. 101/5 after 72 balls.
RP Burl 1 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) JA Richardson 3-0-20-1
E Chigumbura 7 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Adam: "Stanlake's last 3 T20I economies have been 14.5, then 2, then 13 (currently) - wouldn't want to come up against him in the next match!"

End of over 11. 5 runs this over. 98/5 after 66 balls.
RP Burl 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) AJ Tye 1-0-5-1
E Chigumbura 6 (4b 1x4 0x6 ) more

simbarashey: "time to move on from Masakadza. Struggling in domestic competitions and not surprisingly, struggling here as well. Appalling how he was even made captain! Expected Musakanda to be the Aiden Markram of Zim"

rio: "Short was amazing in both Australia and New Zealand, where balls comes nicely on to the bat, but elsewhere he needs to learn how to make an adjustment. You can't just use the bounce and swipe at the balls everywhere. "

End of over 10. 5 runs this over. 93/4 after 60 balls.
PJ Moor 19 (8b 2x4 1x6 ) AC Agar 3-0-16-2
E Chigumbura 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Zimbabwe need 137 off the final ten overs

End of over 9. 16 runs this over. 88/3 after 54 balls.
PJ Moor 16 (6b 2x4 1x6 ) DJM Short 2-0-20-0
H Masakadza 11 (12b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Thilan: "If you watched Short's innings, it was horrible. It wasn't as if he was just trying to rotate strike, about half his shots were mistimed swipes. Guy's technique is really showing up at international level."

End of over 8. 5 runs this over. 72/3 after 48 balls.
PJ Moor 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) AC Agar 2-0-11-1
H Masakadza 10 (11b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 4 runs this over. 67/2 after 42 balls.
TK Musakanda 8 (4b 0x4 1x6 ) DJM Short 1-0-4-0
H Masakadza 8 (9b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Deepak: "The way Zim Batsmen are playing , Short's innings looking a lot worse !!"

Rajagopal Sunda: "Stanlake speeding towards a whirlwind 50!"

End of over 6. 11 runs this over. 63/2 after 36 balls.
TK Musakanda 6 (1b 0x4 1x6 ) B Stanlake 3-0-39-1
H Masakadza 6 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 5. 6 runs this over. 52/1 after 30 balls.
SF Mire 24 (15b 4x4 1x6 ) AC Agar 1-0-6-0
H Masakadza 5 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 4. 12 runs this over. 42/1 after 22 balls.
H Masakadza 0 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) JA Richardson 1-0-14-1
SF Mire 19 (11b 3x4 1x6 ) more

Zimbabwe's current run-rate: 11.5. Zimbabwe's required run-rate: 11.5.

kapil mittal: "Rather than concluding on Stanlake bowling spell wonders etc., please focus on match and praise two openers putting up a strong foot forward. "

Vimal Kumar: "Ah! The fairytale is over."

End of over 3. 18 runs this over. 30/0 after 18 balls.
SF Mire 19 (11b 3x4 1x6 ) B Stanlake 2-0-28-0
CJ Chibhabha 8 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Proudfoot: "@Shasank: Tendai Chisoro for bowling out his quota and giving just 19 off the four!"

Shashank: "A question for you all. What happens if Billy Stanlake bowls the spell of his life and bags a 6fer, who'll get the man of the match then? " -- Finch, according to me. Because he set the game up. Stanlake's six-for could be because of the way Zimbabwe played while chasing a mammoth total

End of over 2. 2 runs this over. 12/0 after 12 balls.
SF Mire 1 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) JA Richardson 1-0-2-0
CJ Chibhabha 8 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Pranay: "Adding to Swami's point, Finch did score 84 in 40 odd balls in the only T20I in England."

Phillip Martin: "Stanlake goes for more in one over than he did in four last game "

End of over 1. 6 runs this over. 6/0 after 4 balls.
CJ Chibhabha 4 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) B Stanlake 0-0-6-0
SF Mire 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

swami: "This is heights to troll Finch after scoring highest score against weaker bowling attack. He is naturally an opener and during ENG ODIs he was batting at the middle order..."

CJ ChibhabhaC AT Carey B JA Richardson181011180
SF MireC MP Stoinis B B Stanlake281951147.37
H MasakadzaSt. AT Carey AC Agar12141085.71
TK MusakandaLBW AC Agar10701142.86
PJ MoorC AJ Tye B AJ Tye191121172.73
E ChigumburaC DJM Short B AJ Tye7101070
RP BurlC JA Richardson B AJ Tye10151066.67
TS ChisoroC AC Agar B GJ Maxwell670185.71
CB MpofuC DJM Short B MP Stoinis3160018.75
B Muzarabaninot out 120050
J Nyumbunot out 691066.67
Total 129/9
B Stanlake3.0039113
JA Richardson4.002315.75
AC Agar4.011624
DJM Short2.0020010
AJ Tye4.011233
GJ Maxwell1.00717
MP Stoinis2.001115.5