Australia stunned by Zimbabwe in final ODI as Warner denies 100 again | Cricket

Zimbabwe recorded its first ODI win in Australia by stunning the hosts with three wickets in the final match of their two-way series, as player Ryan Berle took 5-10 ahead of Zimbabwe to beat Australia by just 141.

Zimbabwe won the toss and took Australia to the field for the first time in the series, scoring three decisive wickets in the first 10 overs. Left seamstress Richard Ngarawa received skipper Aaron Finch for the third time in three ODIs.

On the other hand, Victor Nyauchi caught Steve Smith’s foot before one, the Aussie was unable to cancel the review call. Alex Carey was next to fall behind after a mishandling shot that ended Australia 3–31 after nine overs.

Markus Stoinis and Cameron Green quickly followed, with Warner continuing to score on the other end. Glenn Maxwell did some damage, but he fell first from Burl’s leg spinner, which tempted him to hit the air.

Ryan Berle and Zimbabwe celebrate victory.
Ryan Berle and Zimbabwe celebrate victory. Photo: Scott Radford-Chisholm/AAP.

Shortly thereafter, Warner was rounded up at the frontier to deprive him of a much-needed and long-overdue century. Warner hit 14 fours and two sixes for 97.9. But it’s now 54 innings across all formats since Warner’s last century, and Saturday’s hit was the fourth time he’s been fired in the ’90s.

Some consolation can be found in the fact that Warner finished second in running percentage for the team in an ODI game (66.6%), behind only Viv Richards in 1984.

Berle was a standout Zimbabwean player with his five wickets in just three overs. Nyauchi was accurate and efficient for seamers, only 15 of his six overs. After two complex defeats against Australia last week, Zimbabwe found itself in the driver’s seat, which is unlikely to upset.

Of course, visitors fought the relentless onslaught of Australian bowling to win with skipper Regis Chakabwa and Brad Evans on the break to claim their third 50-over victory over Australia and their first since 2014.

Chakabwa’s kick was befitting the captain with 37 undefeated points to his team’s highest score. He showed restraint and patience when the Aussie mixed up his attack while anchoring in a pair of partnerships to finish the match.

Josh Hazlewood was selected 3-30 by the Bowlers of Australia and registered his 100th career ODI milestone on Saturday. Mitchell Stark became the fastest player in history to score 200 ODI scalps in 102 matches when he picked up Berle’s wicket.

The Zimbabwe chase was more of a trot than a canter, but their mid-level partnership of skipper Chakabwa and Tony Munyonga 18 (45) kept the faith in a team that lost three wickets in just one run at a time.

An initial partnership between Takudwanashe Kaitano (19) and Tadivanashe Marumani (35) got them off to a start with Munyonga and Berl scoring in double figures before Evans’ border sealed the win with 12 spare overs.

Despite Zimbabwe’s historic victory, Australia won the series 2-1 and will now play New Zealand in three ODIs starting on Tuesday.

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