Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Zimbabwe have defeated Australia by five wickets in Group B of the 2007 Twenty20 World Championship at Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa.
Australia, who are the world champions in the 50 over format, struggled against some good fielding and bowling from Zimbabwe. Elton Chigumbura took 3-20 and Gary Brent took 2-19 as Australia were restricted to 138 for 9 wickets after 20 overs. Brad Hodge was Australia's top scoring batsman, scoring 35 not out, while Andrew Symonds scored 33 runs before being stumped.
Zimbabwe's batsmen started well, but Vusi Sibanda was caught behind for 23, as were Justice Chibhabha, Tatenda Taibu and Stuart Matsikenyeri to leave Zimbabwe on 70-4. A heavy shower interrupted the innings, but play restarted and Brendan Taylor scored 60 not out as Zimbabwe reached the target with one ball remaining in a tense finish.
Toss: Australia won, and chose to bat first.
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Hayden, 0.4 ov), 2-12 (Gilchrist, 2.2 ov), 3-19 (Ponting, 3.6 ov), 4-48 (Hussey, 9.2 ov), 5-86 (Symonds, 13.4 ov), 6-102 (Haddin, 16.2 ov), 7-119 (Lee, 18.1 ov), 8-134 (Johnson, 19.3 ov), 9-138 (Bracken, 19.6 ov)
Did not bat: S R Clark
Fall of wickets: 1-31 (Sibanda, 3.5 ov), 2-54 (Chibhabha, 6.6 ov), 3-55 (Taibu, 7.6 ov), 4-70 (Matsikenyeri, 10.5 ov), 5-123 (Masakadza, 18.3 ov)
Did not bat: K M Dabengwa, P Utseya, G B Brent, T Mupariwa
Australia: A C Gilchrist (wkt), M L Hayden, R T Ponting (capt), A Symonds, M E K Hussey, B J Hodge, B J Harrin, B Lee, M G Johnson, N W Bracken, S R Clark
Zimbabwe: H Masakadza, C J Chibhabha, B R M Taylor (wkt), V Sibanda, T Taibu, E Chigumbura, S Matsikenyeri, K M Dabengwa, P Utseya (capt), G B Brent, T Mupariwa
Man of the Match: B R M Taylor (Zimbabwe)
Umpires: Asad Rauf (Pakistan) and A L Hill (New Zealand)TV Umpire: I L Howell (South Africa)Match Referee: R S Madugalle (Sri Lanka)Reserve Umpire: M Erasmus (South Africa)
== Sources ==
"ICC World Twenty20 4th Match, Group B: Australia v Zimbabwe at Cape Town" — Cricinfo, September 12, 2007
"Australia v Zimbabwe" — BBC Sport, September 12, 2007