The Zimbabwe team took the Aussies by storm on Saturday as they registered their first-ever win against them in their own den. It all began when Zimbabwe captain Regis Chakabva won the toss and opted to bowl first. Australian openers David Warner and captain Aaron Finch walked out to open the innings. Finch, once again, failed to score big as he returned back to the pavilion with just five runs against his name.
The Zimbabwe bowlers didn’t just stop there and picked up Steve Smith and Alex Cary in quick time. The Australian batters didn’t have any answer to the top-notch bowling as they kept coming and going back. Brad Evans and Victor Nyauchi were the chief destroyers of the Australian top order. After a brilliant display of bowling with the new ball, Ryan Burl continued the good work in the middle overs and kept picking wickets at regular intervals.
Only David Warner looked comfortable at the crease, scoring freely throughout his innings. And, only Glenn Maxwell apart from Warner managed to reach double figures and scored 19 runs. Australia lost their eighth wicket in the form of Warner on 135. The southpaw scored a brilliant 94 off 96 balls. Ryan Burl picked up five wickets for 10 runs in three overs as Australia got bundled out for 141.
Zimbabwe got off to a decent start in their chase as the openers added 38 runs for the first wicket. Despite a good start, they lost their way quickly losing their five wickets for just 77 runs. Captain Regis Chakabva played a solid innings from one end as he kept the scoreboard moving. The Australian team came back into the match picking up the sixth wicket on the score of 115. But Chakabva made sure there were no hiccups in the chase and took his team home in the 39th over.
Zimbabwe recorded their maiden victory against Australia in Australia. Ryan Burl was bestowed with the Player of the Match award for his incredible spell.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Zimbabwe’s thumping win:
— Sikandar Raza (@SRazaB24) September 3, 2022
— Rajkumar ?? (@ParthShukla0198) September 3, 2022
— Manoj Dimri (@manoj_dimri) September 3, 2022
Congratulations #Zimbabwe for taking us through late 90’s when you were a competitive team
— Diksha (@Delphy06) September 3, 2022
— Abhishek Singh (@abhishe02328808) September 3, 2022
— Prabu AK???????? (@dsthala25) September 3, 2022
— Poornama? (@iam_poor9) September 3, 2022
— SajiD ALi (@Sajii_writes) September 3, 2022
— Troll Cricket (@Trroll__Cricket) September 3, 2022
— The Cricket Statistician (@CricketSatire) September 3, 2022