Player of the Match
Player of the Match
337dThe Bulletin by Martin Williamson

Taylor anchors Zimbabwe to historic win

For a few minutes at a chilly Newlands, Australia, the pre-tournament favourites, wobbled against Zimbabwe, slipping to 19 for 3 as the 15,000 crowd dared to think the unthinkable. They staged a recovery of sorts but were never at anything like their bes

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

BRM Taylor
60(45) 4x4 - 2x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 19 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
2 0 9 20 9 11 7 2
BJ Hodge
35(22) 2x4 - 2x6
Control %90%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 16 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
3 0 0 1 9 1 3 18

Best performances - Bowlers

E Chigumbura
O3
M0
R20
W3
Eco6.66
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
GB Brent
O4
M0
R19
W2
Eco4.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

The Zimbabwe team race on to the pitch, engulfing each other. This is a magnificent result and, it must be said, a thoroughly deserved victory. Zimbabwe have played so well this evening. "Congratulations Zimbabwe" flashes up on the board - not a phrase expected before this match. Remember you could have got 10 to 1 on Zimbabwe at the start of this game, in a two-horse race. And Australia were 50-1 on.

Zimbabwe really have shone in this match, with nerveless fielding, accurate bowling and then an excellent display of batting from a confident Taylor who carried his bat to bring up an unbeaten 60. Ponting is still smiling: "We've been outplayed." He calls the batting "diabolical" but wait, read this: "It's a mental thing for us - we've got to start respecting the game a bit more." There it is, Ponting has said it: Australia have admitted they have been taking the game too lightheartedly.

Perhaps lessons from the 2005 Ashes have not been learned, when their drubbing - having dismissed Twenty20 as "a bit of fun" - set the tone for the summer. And this result tonight is interesting - we did wonder if Australia had a fall coming given their confidence heading into the tournament, though nobody expected that it would be so dramatic, nor that they would lose to Zimbabwe. Their upcoming opponents, though, must be fearing a resurgence - perhaps the monster will be woken now.

Let's focus now, though, on Utseya who is calm in the win. "We needed someone to play sensible, Brendan Taylor did that." He said he was going to bowl first anyway, so the toss was unimportant. Utseya leaves the interview, punching his fist in the air. As well he might. What an extraordinary match we have just witnessed. Taylor is the Man of the Match. "Words can't describe the win. Allround brilliant performance by the guys." He said it.

Thanks so much for joining us this evening. We've enjoyed it massively - we being me, Jenny Thompson and my colleague Andrew Miller (with Martin Williamson on bulletin drums) - and we hope you have too. Come back tomorrow as Zimbabwe won't have time to catch their breath before playing England - though doubtless the momentum will help them.

19.5
4lb
Bracken to Taylor, 4 leg byes, and that's it! A remarkable victory for Zimbabwe, as that's turned finely through fine leg and races away eluding a diving Clark at full stretch on the rope - but he's beaten and so are Australia. Astonishing.

Four from two needed. Zimbabwe are lining up, arms over each others' shoulders, in the dug-out. Rain's coming down, but that will not play a part now, even though Bracken's drying the ball. Tense, so tense. Electric atmosphere.

19.4
1
Bracken to Chigumbura, 1 run, down the track and he nearly falls over in the effort - a single results and Taylor's back on strike
19.3
2
Bracken to Chigumbura, 2 runs, driven strongly out to long-on and they come back for two runs which were comfortable enough in the end

Zimbabwe could do with Taylor getting back on strike. A tied scoreline would result in a bowl-out, by the way. Seven from four needed. Ponting has a chat with Bracken - where will he bowl?

19.2
1
Bracken to Taylor, 1 run, drive to cover for a single
19.1
4
Bracken to Taylor, FOUR runs, low full toss outside off, Taylor reaches out to somehow sweep behind square, eluding the man on the way

END OF OVER:
19 | 6 Runs 1 Wkt | ZIM: 127/5 (12 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.68, RRR: 12.00)

  • BRM Taylor55 (42b)
  • E Chigumbura1 (1b)
  • B Lee4-0-31-1
  • NW Bracken3-0-17-1

Bracken now

18.6
1
Lee to Taylor, 1 run, eases back into his crease, but Lee's fired that one in full once more, and then driven out to extra cover where it's well marshalled on the boundary by the sweeper

Zimbabwe 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st31V SibandaBRM Taylor
2nd23BRM TaylorCJ Chibhabha
3rd1T TaibuBRM Taylor
4th15S MatsikenyeriBRM Taylor
5th53H MasakadzaBRM Taylor
6th16E ChigumburaBRM Taylor
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World T20

Super 10 Group 1
TEAMMWLPTNRR
WI43160.359
ENG43160.145
SA42240.651
SL4132-0.461
AFG4132-0.715
Super 10 Group 2
TEAMMWLPTNRR
NZ44081.900
INDIA4316-0.305
AUS42240.233
PAK4132-0.093
BDESH4040-1.805
First Round Group A
TEAMMWLPTNRR
BDESH32051.938
NL31130.154
OMAN3113-1.521
IRE3021-0.685
First Round Group B
TEAMMWLPTNRR
AFG33061.540
ZIM3214-0.567
SCOT3122-0.132
HKG3030-1.017