AUS vs ZIM 1st ODI: Zimbabwe starts with a defeat as Australia dominate the series start


Zimbabwe were put in to bat in windy, cloudy conditions, and were dismissed for 200 runs in 47.3 overs. For Australia’s seasoned batting squad, that total never appeared to be a problem as they quickly reached 201-5 with 99 balls remaining.

Innocent Kaia was caught and bowled by Mitchell Marsh for 17 after sloppy fielding allowed Zimbabwe’s frail top-order to get off to a promising start, easing to 61-1 by the first drinks break.

After taking two quick wickets for Adam Zampa (3-57), Wesley Madhevere, 21, and captain Regis Chakabva (31), both batted conservatively and had a 63-run stand.

However, the lower order utterly crumbled, swinging wildly against Green (5-33), whose entire haul consisted of catches in the deep as the final four wickets were taken for a total of 12 runs.

After Aaron Finch left for 15 runs, David Warner and Steve Smith (48 not out) batted freely in search of a modest aim.

Warner avoided being run out by Sikandar Raza’s lost catch at 36, and two balls later he walked when wicketkeeper Chakabva quickly reviewed the play for caught-behind.

The opener was forced to shuffle back out to the middle after the review was considered to provide insufficient evidence to overturn the not-out ruling.

However, the off-spinner quickly caught Warner, cleanly bowling him for 57.

The middle order of Australia faltered, losing three wickets to leg-breaks from Ryan Burl, but Glenn Maxwell crushed 32 off nine deliveries to win the match.