In the sixth match of the Tri-nation T20I series, Australia have defeated host Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club. Winning the toss, Zimbabwe opted to bat first and scored 151 for the loss of 9 wickets in their allotted 20 overs.
Undeterred by losing early wickets in the innings, Solomon Mire and Peter Moor partnered to build up a sturdy partnership for Zimbabwe. The 68 run fourth wicket partnership remained the highest for the hosts who were disrupted at the end by Andrew Tye’s bowling and fielding.
Cephas Zhuwao, the opening batsman of Zimbabwe received a golden duck and by the time Hamilton Masakadza also departed in the fourth over, the freezing cold in Harare threatened to stiffen the hosts against lively Australian bowling attack.
Availing 5 fours and 2 sixes, Solomon Mire reached into his half century. His 63 runs came from 52 deliveries. As other Zimbabwean hard hitters Elton Chigumbura and Tarisai Musakanda failed to flourish, any possibility for the African nation to accumulate a well-built total to defend diminished.
Later on, Zimbabwe bowlers also made Australian batsmen’s journey to chase the target hard. 21 year old Blessing Muzarabani did wonderful tasks both in the top and late order of the innings.
He claimed the wicket of Travis Head, Alex Carey and Glenn Maxwell in his 4 overs giving away 21 runs.
Watch Maxwell’s innings here-
The disciplined Zimbabwean bowlers almost cost Australia the match for the Aussies had to play till the penultimate ball of the innings to register the victory.
Zimbabwe 151/9 (20 overs)
Solomon Mire 63, Peter Moor 30, Hamilton Masakadza 13
Andrew Tye 3/28, Billy Stanlake 2/21, Jhye Richardson 2/32
Australia 154/5 (19.5 overs)
Glenn Maxwell 56, Travis Head 48, Alex Carey 16
Blessing Muzarabani 3/21, Donald Tiripano 1/27, Wellington Masakadza 1/32
Result: Australia won by 5 wickets.