Match Over - Australia won by 5 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Zimbabwe, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Harare Sports Club
  • Referee: JJ Crowe
  • When: 06 Jul 2018, 10:00 SAST
  • Winner: Australia
  • Man of the Match: AJ Tye


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



Overs: 20.0 / 20.0




Overs: 19.5 / 20.0


That's all we have for you today. Tune in on Sunday when we return for the final between Australia and Pakistan.

"I thought they bowled well towards the end and shows the value of having a set batsman at the end," Aaron Finch, the Australian captain, says. "I think its important to get some time in the middle, get batting rhythm [about the middle order]. They're hitting the balls well in training but nothing compares to match practices. The bowling was very good, we restricted Zimbabwe 15-20 runs short of what they'd have liked. We've been working up so far and hopefully we peak in the final"

Andrew Tye is the Man of the Match for his fourth successive three-for. He also wrapped up 50 T20 wickets in the year. "It's something I've been working on, taking wickets at crucial times. I've got lucky in this series, taking wickets in the death and stopping teams when they want more runs. Good that we got the win today, hopefully as a team we get a win on Sunday too. Just got to look at where the batsmen are trying to hit balls and then mix their rhythm up by changing pace, the line and length. So just trying to adapt to every batsman because they're all different. We've had a few troubles but I think we;re saving our best for the last"

"Fought well and took it to the end, which was good. The wicket played slower than expected and we couldn't quite kick on in the end even though we had a good partnership in the middle" Hamilton Masakadza, the Zimbabwe captain, says. "We spoke about coming back from the first two games and the guys expressing themselves and I think Mire did that brilliantly. We are on the up now and I'm sure we'll keep getting better and hopefully we'll get a W in the Pakistan one-dayers"

1.30 pm Zimbabwe - minus several of their best players and their premier fast bowler injured - have forced Australia to take a modest chase of 152 all the way to the penultimate ball of the match. The W won't be against their name, but Hamilton Masakadza's men have fought so very hard today; it was their last chance in the tri-series for a win and the bowlers were especially feisty. Blessing Muzarabani's bounce was always hard to deal with. Donald Tiripano and his slower balls were hard to read. And legspinner Brandon Mavuta's debut wasn't a bad one either

But Glenn Maxwell (56 off 38) and Travis Head (48 off 42) saw past their threat and will rightly be credited with this victory. Their 100-plus partnership after two early wickets stabilised the innings. But that collapse in the end would have sent a few nerves jangling. Three wickets in the last five overs, with a straightforward win in sight, will probably go down as an "x" in the coach Justin Langer's little black book.

Pyumba: "This is the reason y Zimbabwe is not in the world cup and Australia is......Handling the pressure!!!" --- Actually, they were only a couple of runs short of making it, so let's not point fingers.

19.5DT Tiripano to MP Stoinis, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, low full toss, which Stoinis smashes over square leg and it's Australia's game.

Stoinis back on strike, with Australia needing two from two

19.4DT Tiripano to AC Agar, 1 run, smacks it to mid-off and just sets off. Masakadza fumbles as well, allowing Australia's desperation move to succeed, despite his recovery and subsequent direct hit.
19.3DT Tiripano to MP Stoinis, 1 run, slower short ball, which Stoinis pulls for a single to deep square leg.
19.2DT Tiripano to AC Agar, 1 run, low full toss which Agar inside edges onto pad. Stoinis, the better batsman of the two, races away to steal the strike..

Ali cheema : "Just a reminder zimbabwe won't be playing world cup next year. " --- Meanwhile, Australia need five from five

19.1DT Tiripano to AC Agar, No run, good length and it's the offcutter again. Agar pokes and misses.
19.1DT Tiripano to AC Agar, WIDE, 1 run, slower ball outside off, Agar flashes and misses as it spins away from him. Harsh call from the umpire to label that a wide though. Doubt it was..
19.1DT Tiripano to AC Agar, WIDE, 1 run, starts with a short ball that goes way wide outside leg.
End of over 19. 7 runs this over. 145/5 after 114 balls.
AC Agar 3 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) B Muzarabani 4-0-21-3
MP Stoinis 7 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Ashton Agar is in with 14 needed off 11...

End of over 18. 6 runs this over. 138/4 after 108 balls.
MP Stoinis 3 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) DT Tiripano 3-0-18-1
TM Head 48 (41b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Amogh K: "What is wrong with Maddinson? He used to be such a reliable batsman and a good hitter in this format and used to play some cracking shots. Failing against Zim when he had a good chance to see off Australia is absurd."

Marcus Stoinis comes in with 18 off 15 needed

End of over 17. 4 runs this over. 132/3 after 102 balls.
NJ Maddinson 2 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) B Muzarabani 3-0-14-2
TM Head 46 (39b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Mustafa: "This match clearly shows australia are not near to being ready for what a force they really were. They struggles against a Zimbabwe B kinda side when it should have been an easy ride for them"

End of over 16. 13 runs this over. 128/2 after 96 balls.
GJ Maxwell 56 (37b 1x4 5x6 ) WP Masakadza 4-0-32-1
TM Head 44 (37b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Sharma: "@Muthu: While I agree with you, regarding a higher asking rate and Zimbabwe allowing Australia to accumulate easily - I seem to remember Kohli doing the same against Australia in the Super 10s of the T20 World Cup - if memory serves right, he only hit 2 sixes on his way to guiding India to victory. There's something to be said about placement and timing...T20 isn't all about brute power." --- He did the same against West Indies in the next game, another absolute masterclass in batting. But India still lost because SImmons and Russell power-hit them out of the tournament and went on to become champions

End of over 15. 5 runs this over. 115/2 after 89 balls.
GJ Maxwell 44 (31b 1x4 3x6 ) B Mavuta 4-0-33-0
TM Head 43 (36b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 14. 10 runs this over. 110/2 after 84 balls.
GJ Maxwell 43 (28b 1x4 3x6 ) MN Waller 2-0-20-0
TM Head 40 (34b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Sharma: "The commentators on the TV coverage were saying how Australia hasn't hit a boundary and seem under pressure - but what these two have shown is 'accumulation' - finding the gaps and rotating's just as effective in getting 10 runs an over compared to swinging and missing the big shots. " ---- Only effective when the asking rate isn't daunting. And Zimbabwe have helped in this regard, allowing easy singles. Better bowling could have forced Head and Maxwell to take more risks on a slow but bouncy pitch

End of over 13. 10 runs this over. 100/2 after 78 balls.
GJ Maxwell 35 (25b 1x4 2x6 ) WP Masakadza 3-0-19-1
TM Head 38 (31b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 12. 8 runs this over. 90/2 after 72 balls.
GJ Maxwell 26 (20b 0x4 2x6 ) B Mavuta 3-0-28-0
TM Head 37 (30b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 11. 10 runs this over. 82/2 after 66 balls.
GJ Maxwell 24 (17b 0x4 2x6 ) MN Waller 1-0-10-0
TM Head 31 (27b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 10. 13 runs this over. 72/2 after 60 balls.
GJ Maxwell 15 (12b 0x4 1x6 ) B Mavuta 2-0-20-0
TM Head 30 (26b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Henry: "Time in the middle is what is needed, and these two will be better off for it. Australia to win with an over or more to spare"

End of over 9. 7 runs this over. 59/2 after 54 balls.
GJ Maxwell 7 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) SF Mire 2-0-17-0
TM Head 25 (23b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 8. 7 runs this over. 52/2 after 47 balls.
TM Head 20 (18b 2x4 0x6 ) B Mavuta 1-0-7-0
GJ Maxwell 5 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 10 runs this over. 45/2 after 42 balls.
TM Head 18 (16b 2x4 0x6 ) SF Mire 1-0-10-0
GJ Maxwell 2 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 6. 6 runs this over. 35/2 after 36 balls.
GJ Maxwell 1 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) DT Tiripano 2-0-13-0
TM Head 9 (11b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Mark: "If Australia had got a fast start, this was all over. If, in contrast, Zim can get them behind the rate with tight bowling, as they are doing, there is just a chance that the Australians will self-destruct against the spinners."

End of over 5. 3 runs this over. 29/2 after 29 balls.
TM Head 4 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) B Muzarabani 2-0-10-1
GJ Maxwell 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 4. 6 runs this over. 24/1 after 23 balls.
TM Head 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) DT Tiripano 1-0-6-0
AT Carey 16 (14b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 3. 3 runs this over. 18/1 after 18 balls.
AT Carey 11 (12b 1x4 0x6 ) WP Masakadza 2-0-9-1
TM Head 1 (1b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 2. 5 runs this over. 13/0 after 11 balls.
AJ Finch 3 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) B Muzarabani 1-0-5-0
AT Carey 8 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) more

Ali cheema : "I doubt Australia can chase this score if Finch fails"

End of over 1. 8 runs this over. 8/0 after 6 balls.
AT Carey 6 (4b 1x4 0x6 ) WP Masakadza 1-0-7-0
AJ Finch 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
AJ FinchC TK Musakanda B WP Masakadza350060
AT CareyC B B Muzarabani16172094.12
TM HeadC WP Masakadza B B Muzarabani484230114.29
GJ MaxwellC E Chigumbura B B Muzarabani563815147.37
NJ MaddinsonC B Muzarabani B DT Tiripano250040
MP Stoinisnot out 12710171.43
AC Agarnot out 5500100
JD Wildermuth -
AJ Tye -
JA Richardson -
B Stanlake -
Total 154/5
WP Masakadza4.003218
B Muzarabani4.002135.25
DT Tiripano3.502717.04
SF Mire2.001708.5
B Mavuta4.003308.25
MN Waller2.0020010