ICC World Twenty20, 4th Match, Group B: Australia v Zimbabwe at Cape Town, Sep 12, 2007
ICC World Twenty20 - 4th match, Group B
Zimbabwe won by 5 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
Played at Newlands, Cape Town (neutral venue)
12 September 2007 - night match (20-over match)

6.01pm One last delay while the sightscreen is adjusted. We'll get going soon, I promise

6pm Right, here we go. The Zimbabweans are in the field, the umpire is looking at his watch, and the Aussie batsmen, Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden, are ready to get underway. Elton Chigumbura will take the new ball

5.55pm It was just a passing shower, happily, and so play is all set to get underway shortly, weather permitting. The jolly fine dancers are getting into the swing of things, at any rate.

5.45pm Keith Lane, our South African colleague, tells us of a joke doing the rounds in the lead-up to the matches here. "They are preparing the indoor nets at Newlands for nine bowl-outs."

"The opening at Newlands will be played by Wet Wet Wet," adds Keith.

Here, meanwhile, are the teams:

Australia Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting, Andrew Symonds, Mike Hussey, Brad Hodge, Brad Haddin, Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Bracken, Stuart Clark.

Zimbabwe Vusi Sibanda, Hamilton Masakadza, Chamu Chibhabha, Brendon Taylor, Elton Chigumbura, Stuart Matsikenyeri, Keith Dabengwa, Prosper Utseya (capt), Gary Brent, Tawanda Mupariwa

5.50pm It's raining! "It just swept in all of a sudden," says our doctor of meteorology, Andrew McGlashan. "It doesn't look like it will last too long, but I was wrong when I said it wouldn't rain so don't count on it ... clearly I'm not a doctor of weather." I beg to differ. Michael Fish would be proud of such predictions.

5.45pm Ponting and Prosper Utseya are in the middle. Ponting calls correctly and Australia have chosen to bat. "No excuses for us going forward," declares Ponting, with his serious hat wedged firmly in place. Time for the fans to don their hard hats.

5.40pm Australia, lest we forget, are decked out in state-of-the-art canary-yellow singlets for this competition. Ricky Ponting is not a fan of the format, but let's see what sort of a show his team puts on today. The toss is coming right up ...

5.35pm The captains are making their way to the middle for the toss. The wicket is dry on top but a little soft beneath the surface, reckons Nasser Hussain. The shortest leg-side boundary is 67 yards to the brewery boundary so "hit towards the mountain," is Hussain's advice.

5.20pm Our man at the ground, "Dr" Andrew McGlashan (well, that's what it says on his press pass at any rate ...) is faintly optimistic that the weather is going to say clear tonight. "Both teams are preparing as they would for any game," adds the doc, "although in the nets earlier Andrew Symonds was giving it a real thwack...so nothing much changes there either. The Zimbabweans don't look particularly threatening in the warm-ups, while on the other side of the ground Hayden and co. are flexing their muscles like school-yard bullies."

4.50pm The Zimbabweans are on the outfield warming up with some football while the Aussies are having a game of touch rugby. No sign of any cricket ...

4.25pm Good afternoon and welcome to this afternoon's match between Australia, the world No.1, and Zimbabwe, the side which according to the rather addled thinking of ICC president Ray Mali could be No. 1 within three years. Cherie Blair could also win Miss World.

The weather in Cape Town is fine and sunny at the moment, a few clouds over Table Mountain but we should be OK.

Remarkably, 15,000 tickets have been sold for this match already, so a near three-quarter full house is expected, which is great for the organisers. They will almost certainly be hoping that Australia bat first. The bookies are not expecting any upsets ... Australia are 50-1 on for the win. Will Mali put his money where his mouth is and back his neighbours at 10-1?


Chigumbura to Gilchrist, 2 runs, decent start from Chigumbura, a full length on middle and off, and Gilchrist flicks off his pads to start the proceedings


Chigumbura to Gilchrist, 1 run, tucked up again, and nudged away behind square. Good tight line so far. No room to free the arms... yet


Chigumbura to Hayden, FOUR, oops, there was a bit more room there. Short and outside off, and Hayden's first shot is a brutal pull in front of square. The Aussies are off


Chigumbura to Hayden, OUT, would you believe it! Outside off, nipping away off the seam in the damp conditions, and Hayden's massive swipe finds only the thinnest of edges! Jubilation for the Zimbabweans, and the first wicket is down

ML Hayden c †Taylor b Chigumbura 4 (2m 2b 1x4 0x6) SR: 200.00

Here comes Ricky Ponting. His favourite shot is the straight drive. His least favourite form of cricket is Twenty20. And he's in early


Chigumbura to Ponting, no run, a sighter outside off stump, and an expansive leave from Ponting.


Chigumbura to Ponting, no run, a tidy line to finish, and Chigumbura takes his sweater at the end of a nerve-settling and successful over. First blood to Zimbabwe

End of over 1 (7 runs) Australia 7/1 (RR: 7.00)

    • RT Ponting 0 (2b)
    • AC Gilchrist 3 (2b)
    • E Chigumbura 1-0-7-1

Brent to Gilchrist, no run, good wheels, Brenty, good wheels. No great pace, but accurate enough


Brent to Gilchrist, 1 wide, too far down the leg-side this time


Brent to Gilchrist, 1 wide, even further down leg-side. And swinging as well. That's useful, but only if you can control it ...


Brent to Gilchrist, no run, back on a good length outside off, and defended into the covers with a loud "no!"


Brent to Gilchrist, 1 run, tucked up on the legs and Ponting calls Gilchrist through for a scampered single.


Brent to Ponting, no run, drawn forward in a circumspect defensive stroke. Very respectful play so far from Australia


Brent to Ponting, no run, whipped off the legs, but fielded with a juggle at short midwicket.


Brent to Ponting, 1 run, floated onto leg stump and on-driven, but midwicket fields well with a dive. Australia, dare one say it, are being a little tied down for the moment

But of course, this is a frivolous form of the game, so it doesn't matter to them ... or does it?

End of over 2 (4 runs) Australia 11/1 (RR: 5.50)

    • RT Ponting 1 (5b)
    • AC Gilchrist 4 (5b)
    • GB Brent 1-0-4-0
    • E Chigumbura 1-0-7-1

Chigumbura to Ponting, 1 run, driven down to deep backward point


Chigumbura to Gilchrist, OUT, short and Gilchrist goes for the pull ... but miscues it horribly! The ball spirals into the dank Newlands heavens and midwicket pouches a comfortable catch! Australia, in their first competitive match since the World Cup final, are in something resembling disarray ...

AC Gilchrist c Matsikenyeri b Chigumbura 4 (9m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66


Chigumbura to Ponting, no run, defended watchfully. What must the skipper be thinking right now?


Chigumbura to Ponting, no run, defended again


Chigumbura to Ponting, no run, half-driven to cover. No room for manoeuvre


Chigumbura to Ponting, 2 runs, a massive biff this time from Ponting, but that shot just plugs in the turf at cow corner like a Tiger Woods approach shot. Tough times for the Aussies

End of over 3 (3 runs) Australia 14/2 (RR: 4.66)

    • RT Ponting 4 (10b)
    • A Symonds 0 (0b)
    • E Chigumbura 2-0-10-2
    • GB Brent 1-0-4-0

Brent to Symonds, 1 run, dabbed down to third man for a welcome single


Brent to Ponting, no run, pushed onto the back foot and driven to point. No way through there


Brent to Ponting, FOUR, Ponting's had enough of beating around the bush. He uses his feet gloriously and picks the gap in the covers with expert timing.

That's brought the keeper, Taylor, up to the stumps. How will Ponting respond?


Brent to Ponting, no run, lovely outswinger to follow up, and a neat take from Taylor


Brent to Ponting, no run, stifled appeal as Ponting shuffles across his stumps, but nothing doing from the umpire. Testing times ...


Brent to Ponting, OUT, well well well well ... Ponting uses his feet again, and this time he perishes! A wild swing finds only an outside edge, and after an eternity third man steadies himself to claim a massive wicket! Australia, officially, are in strife.

RT Ponting c Chigumbura b Brent 8 (14m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 53.33

Ponting's brow is more furrowed than something very furrowy. Here's Mike Hussey

End of over 4 (5 runs) Australia 19/3 (RR: 4.75)

    • A Symonds 1 (1b)
    • GB Brent 2-0-9-1
    • E Chigumbura 2-0-10-2

Mupariwa to Hussey, no run, a change of bowling, and a watchful start from Hussey who left well alone outside off stump

You do know all this means is that Australia are going to be more up for smashing England, don't you?" asks Cricinfo's resident doommonger Jonathan Bungin-Hungin.


Mupariwa to Hussey, 1 wide, width again, but left alone again


Mupariwa to Hussey, no run, tempting line, just begging to be biffed. But Hussey isn't going to fall for it just yet. He's got a job to do here ...


Mupariwa to Hussey, no run, tighter to the stumps, but Hussey can't work it away square. No pace to utilise at all


Mupariwa to Hussey, no run, driven, but uneasily, out to cover


Mupariwa to Hussey, no run, wide of off stump, and this time it's called, a little harshly, if you ask me. Meanwhile, there's massive support for Zimbabwe in the stands. Everyone loves an underdog


Mupariwa to Hussey, 1 run

End of over 5 (2 runs) Australia 21/3 (RR: 4.20)

    • MEK Hussey 1 (6b)
    • A Symonds 1 (1b)
    • T Mupariwa 1-0-2-0
    • GB Brent 2-0-9-1

Brent to Hussey, no run, excellent line and length from Brent, jagging back into Hussey just enough to hurry his defensive stroke


Brent to Hussey, no run, going across the batsman this time, and nibbled at uneasily. Hussey is looking extremely rusty in the rain


Brent to Hussey, no run, lovely delivery, swinging across the left-hander's bows and through to the keeper


Brent to Hussey, 1 run, on the pads and clipped away. A welcome run for the beleaguered Aussies


Brent to Symonds, no run, zips through to the keeper as Symonds is caught flat-footed in an attempted drive


Brent to Symonds, no run, a stifled appeal as Brent zips one off the seam and into Symonds' pads. Not out is the verdict, but that's another precious dot ball

What the devil is going off out here?

End of over 6 (1 run) Australia 22/3 (RR: 3.66)

    • A Symonds 1 (3b)
    • MEK Hussey 2 (10b)
    • GB Brent 3-0-10-1
    • T Mupariwa 1-0-2-0

Mupariwa to Hussey, 1 run, pushed into the covers and another jogged single, Hussey simply hasn't found his timing yet and Taibu cleans up


Mupariwa to Symonds, 2 runs, forced behind point with a slashing drive, but there's not enough pace on the ball to beat the field


Mupariwa to Symonds, no run, right on the spot again and defended back down the track with the most vertical bat of the tournament so far


Mupariwa to Symonds, 1 run, slashed urgently out to the cover sweeper. Runs are coming at a trickle


Mupariwa to Hussey, 1 run, good areas once again, as the cliche goes. But areas are what it's all about for Zimbabwe


Mupariwa to Symonds, 1 wide, bad areas that time, swinging away down the leg-side


Mupariwa to Symonds, FOUR, a fraction too short this time, and Symonds leaps into the offering like a starving man - and given his size you can imagine how hungry he must be. The ball beats third man for a rare boundary.

End of over 7 (10 runs) Australia 32/3 (RR: 4.57)

    • A Symonds 8 (7b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 4 (12b)
    • T Mupariwa 2-0-12-0
    • GB Brent 3-0-10-1

Chibhabha to Hussey, no run, Chibhabha replaces the excellent Brent, and starts accurately enough


Chibhabha to Hussey, no run


Chibhabha to Hussey, no run, right on the spot again. No pace to work with at all


Chibhabha to Hussey, 1 run, defended with an angled bat, and Hussey hustles through for an urgent single


Chibhabha to Symonds, no run, fuller length but excellent line. Symonds tries to bludgeon his way through the covers, but can't get it away


Chibhabha to Symonds, FOUR, another boundary for Symonds, but it's not his most elegant - a sliced drive down to third man, which trickles across the rope as two fielders slide into each other. It's sluggish batting and a sluggish outfield, and it's suiting Zimbabwe just fine

Here comes Prosper Utseya. The first spinner of the innings

End of over 8 (5 runs) Australia 37/3 (RR: 4.62)

    • A Symonds 12 (9b 2x4)
    • MEK Hussey 5 (16b)
    • CJ Chibhabha 1-0-5-0
    • T Mupariwa 2-0-12-0

Utseya to Hussey, FOUR, lovely drive, and a confident strike as Hussey makes room and places his lofted drive superbly


Utseya to Hussey, no run, a squeaked appeal as Hussey cramps himself for room


Utseya to Hussey, 1 run, flicked out to the midwicket sweeper


Utseya to Symonds, 1 run, a low full-toss, but Symonds doesn't capitalise, driving firmly but carefully down to long-on


Utseya to Hussey, 2 runs, nudged out to midwicket for another single


Utseya to Hussey, 3 runs, nearly a terrible mix-up as Symonds hurtles back for a chancy third bye. Hussey attempted a reverse-sweep, nutmegged the keeper, but picked up some vital runs nonetheless

End of over 9 (11 runs) Australia 48/3 (RR: 5.33)

    • MEK Hussey 15 (21b 1x4)
    • A Symonds 13 (10b 2x4)
    • P Utseya 1-0-11-0
    • CJ Chibhabha 1-0-5-0

Chibhabha to Hussey, no run, Hussey dances down the track but is forced to adjust into a late defensive prod as Chibhabha hits the seam


Chibhabha to Hussey, OUT, Sibanda pulls off a brilliant direct hit from point, and Hussey is on his way! That's a massive wicket. He dropped the ball into the off side and set off for the run, but was sent back as Sibanda swooped and hit with one stump to aim at

MEK Hussey run out 15 (20m 23b 1x4 0x6) SR: 65.21

Just as well Australia don't give this form of the game much credibility. Otherwise they might be feeling a bit embarrassed


Chibhabha to Hodge, no run, lovely delivery, nips off the seam to collective "oohs" from Zimbabwe fielders and fans alike


Chibhabha to Hodge, 1 run, dabbed down to third man, and Hodge is off the mark


Chibhabha to Symonds, 1 wide, poor delivery, which is called a wide, but it could have been much worse. It was a leg-side long-hop and an off-form Symonds would have deposited that into the brewery


Chibhabha to Symonds, 1 run, nudged away for another single


Chibhabha to Hodge, no run, perfect line, perfect length, and a defiant defensive shot to finish.

This is monstrous. It's all too exciting for me, so here's Jenny Thompson to take you to the break. Thanks Andrew. Hello everyone. Massive. Australia in trouble here in what are difficult batting conditions - but take nothing away from Zimbabwe: sharp fielding and some controlled bowling are doing the trick out there.

End of over 10 (3 runs) Australia 51/4 (RR: 5.10)

    • BJ Hodge 1 (3b)
    • A Symonds 14 (11b 2x4)
    • CJ Chibhabha 2-0-8-0
    • P Utseya 1-0-11-0

Utseya to Symonds, no run, driven back to the bowler who tidies up


Utseya to Symonds, FOUR, down the track to straight drive back over his head


Utseya to Symonds, 2 runs, waited, waited and adjusted at the last minute with a poke to midwicket


Utseya to Symonds, 1 run, uncontrolled dink to midwicket, one hand flying up off the bat - but an easy enough single


Utseya to Hodge, no run, driven towards mid-on, the bowler pouncing on to it


Utseya to Hodge, 2 runs, a fluff at third man, but the outfield's slow and the fielder makes quick amends

End of over 11 (9 runs) Australia 60/4 (RR: 5.45)

    • BJ Hodge 3 (5b)
    • A Symonds 21 (15b 3x4)
    • P Utseya 2-0-20-0
    • CJ Chibhabha 2-0-8-0

Chibhabha to Symonds, FOUR, short and punished through midwicket


Chibhabha to Symonds, 2 runs, worked out to the cover boundary and quickly returned


Chibhabha to Symonds, no run, straighter, driven back to the bowler


Chibhabha to Symonds, 1 run, run down to third man for a quick single


Chibhabha to Hodge, 1 run, swivelled down to square leg


Chibhabha to Symonds, 1 run, a touch outside off, driven uppishly towards deep extra cover

Stuart Clark's was asked a few overs ago what's a good total. "Anything we can get is good." That's not the most optimistic reply it must be said - unusual for an Aussie. They're not worried are they? Don't write them off, mind - particularly as Australia's bowlers will love the conditions.

Taibu is bowling now.

End of over 12 (9 runs) Australia 69/4 (RR: 5.75)

    • A Symonds 29 (20b 4x4)
    • BJ Hodge 4 (6b)
    • CJ Chibhabha 3-0-17-0
    • P Utseya 2-0-20-0

Taibu to Symonds, 1 bye, a big slash to a wideish one - and he missed it


Taibu to Hodge, FOUR, very wide and Hodge was kind, I think, in reaching out for that and cut through cover


Taibu to Hodge, 1 run, driven forward for a quick single


Taibu to Symonds, 2 runs, straighter, but still with enough width to run down to third man - and then they take an extra run through some sloppy fielding


Taibu to Symonds, 1 run, wide and cut lateish behind point


Taibu to Hodge, no run, up there, defended on the back foot towards the bowler

End of over 13 (9 runs) Australia 78/4 (RR: 6.00)

    • BJ Hodge 9 (9b 1x4)
    • A Symonds 32 (23b 4x4)
    • T Taibu 1-0-8-0
    • CJ Chibhabha 3-0-17-0

Masakadza to Symonds, 1 run, driven wide out towards deep midwicket for a quick single


Masakadza to Hodge, SIX, the first six of the evening, and that went a long way - whisked up and over mid-on with a powerful front-foot strike. Clean and cool


Masakadza to Hodge, 1 run, driven to cover for a quick single


Masakadza to Symonds, OUT, sharp work from Brendan Taylor as Symonds slipped moving forward while looking to cut. Forget the replays, Symonds looked immediately worried - and so he should have done

A Symonds st †Taylor b Masakadza 33 (40m 25b 4x4 0x6) SR: 132.00

This match was billed as a one-sided affair... and so it's proving. All hopes resting on Brad Hodge, the leading run-scorer in Twenty20 history. Just as well Australia have got one specialist in their side


Masakadza to Haddin, no run, pushed on the back foot, defended down


Masakadza to Haddin, 1 run, on the back foot, played behind point

Utseya back into the attack

End of over 14 (9 runs) Australia 87/5 (RR: 6.21)

    • BJ Haddin 1 (2b)
    • BJ Hodge 16 (11b 1x4 1x6)
    • H Masakadza 1-0-9-1
    • T Taibu 1-0-8-0

Utseya to Haddin, no run, immediately on the money, poked down defensively


Utseya to Haddin, no run, same ball, same result


Utseya to Haddin, 1 run, worked out to cover for a quick single


Utseya to Hodge, 1 run, booming lob of a full toss, horrible, but at that deceptively difficult knee height - it can only be driven back out to long-on


Utseya to Haddin, no run, worked to short midwicket

The pressure has even got to Ian Chappell. "Zimbabwe are definitely 'Prospering' tonight," he declares without a trace of remorse


Utseya to Haddin, 1 run, great over finishes with an easy drive to long-on

Five overs left then for Australia to make their mark. Great stuff from Zimbabwe so far. As Gnasher notes: "This isn't the crash, bang cricket from yesterday, but fascinating viewing with Australia struggling."

End of over 15 (3 runs) Australia 90/5 (RR: 6.00)

    • BJ Haddin 3 (7b)
    • BJ Hodge 17 (12b 1x4 1x6)
    • P Utseya 3-0-23-0
    • H Masakadza 1-0-9-1

Mupariwa to Haddin, 1 wide, down the leg-side, chased round - but too late


Mupariwa to Haddin, no run, on the money, defended forward


Mupariwa to Haddin, no run, nipped in a touch from outside off, picked out cover

"Pretty slow and taking us a fair while to get used to, really" says Gilchrist of the pitch. "But no excuses, a few bad shots." He's got a big broad grin, still - will it be wiped off later? Stay tuned to find out...


Mupariwa to Haddin, 1 run, tight delivery again, defended forward

"Aw, it's good fun," says Gilchrist of Twenty20 now. "We will see at the end of the tournament how seriously everyone's taking it."


Mupariwa to Hodge, SIX, deposited over deep midwicket - hard


Mupariwa to Hodge, 1 run, full toss, turned off the legs to deep midwicket

Symonds is furious in the bunker - arms crossed. So much for this being fun


Mupariwa to Haddin, 2 runs, driven out to long-on where Brent returns that well, receives cheers and gives the crowd the thumbs up

Australia's 100 is up now

End of over 16 (11 runs) Australia 101/5 (RR: 6.31)

    • BJ Haddin 6 (11b)
    • BJ Hodge 24 (14b 1x4 2x6)
    • T Mupariwa 3-0-23-0
    • P Utseya 3-0-23-0

Utseya to Hodge, 1 run, veering down leg, and driven back out to long-on


Utseya to Haddin, OUT, pulls that from outside off, up in the air swirling away to the right of Chigumbura who runs round - and he has to be quick - to meet the ball out towards long-on

BJ Haddin c Chigumbura b Utseya 6 (7m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Brett Lee now. "My favourite shot - six over midwicket!" he announces. That was prerecorded, though; it would be odd if he was calling that out on his way to the crease.


Utseya to Hodge, 2 runs, poked to midwicket for a quick two


Utseya to Hodge, 1 run, worked out to midwicket again


Utseya to Lee, 1 run, pitches outside off, waited, and driven off the back foot into the covers


Utseya to Hodge, no run, outside off again, nipping in a fraction, driven back out through the covers

End of over 17 (5 runs) Australia 106/6 (RR: 6.23)

    • BJ Hodge 28 (18b 1x4 2x6)
    • B Lee 1 (1b)
    • P Utseya 4-0-28-1
    • T Mupariwa 3-0-23-0

Taibu to Lee, 1 run, huge swing and a miss to third man


Taibu to Hodge, 1 run, cut strongly out to the point boundary this time


Taibu to Lee, no run, full toss, waist height, poked back down off the back foot


Taibu to Lee, FOUR, full and swung away through the off-side, through the covers, and on its way


Taibu to Lee, SIX, over extra cover for a loopy six


Taibu to Lee, 1 run, pushed forward for a quick strike-stealing single

Brent back into the attack - what can he do?

End of over 18 (13 runs) Australia 119/6 (RR: 6.61)

    • B Lee 13 (6b 1x4 1x6)
    • BJ Hodge 29 (19b 1x4 2x6)
    • T Taibu 2-0-21-0
    • P Utseya 4-0-28-1

Brent to Lee, OUT, crashes a huge inside edge back onto the sticks, sending the off stump - and Lee - on their way

B Lee b Brent 13 (6m 7b 1x4 1x6) SR: 185.71


Brent to Johnson, 1 run, outside off, touch of room, run down for an easy single to third man


Brent to Hodge, 1 run, good variation, tricky slower ball zooming in full on middle-and-leg, but worked well out to midwicket


Brent to Johnson, no run, stays over the wicket to the left hander, room outside off, stunned into the ground


Brent to Johnson, FOUR, full toss and Johnson opens his shoulders with some nice timing in front of midwicket, a good drive


Brent to Johnson, 3 runs, three on the off-side this time, Johnson will now be back on strike

End of over 19 (9 runs) Australia 128/7 (RR: 6.73)

    • MG Johnson 8 (4b 1x4)
    • BJ Hodge 30 (20b 1x4 2x6)
    • GB Brent 4-0-19-2
    • T Taibu 2-0-21-0

Chigumbura to Johnson, 1 run, swung into the ground to cover for what had to be a rapid single

Big five deliveries coming up


Chigumbura to Hodge, FOUR, outside off, driven firmly through extra cover and Hodge hardly left his crease


Chigumbura to Hodge, 1 run, OUT, scramble for a single down to third man, but a fast return and is sent on his way through a stunning run-out from Taylor, almost ten-pin bowling down the one stick he had to aim at (throwing with his gloved hand)

MG Johnson run out 9 (5m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 180.00


Chigumbura to Bracken, 2 runs, swipe into the off-side


Chigumbura to Bracken, 2 runs, cleanly struck lofted drive up to long-off, where it plugs again


Chigumbura to Bracken, OUT, chipped out to the man at deep cover and the innings ends with a catch - and so a dot

NW Bracken c Sibanda b Chigumbura 4 (1m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

7.40pm The rain has stopped, we've refuelled with a cup of Twentea20, and here's Brett Lee ...

7.35pm It's nearly stopped raining now. Fingers crossed. Paul MacNeill has written in with his interpretation of Gilchrist's comments that "Aw, it's good fun": "Translation: "If we win, it's serious. If we don't, it's just for a laugh!" Thanks for that, Paul. It's certainly early days but Australia have been given a proper scare.

7.30pm Curses, it's raining. The covers are coming on. We'll keep you updated, naturally.

7.20pm Now then, now then, now then. This is big. Zimbabwe, who have been a composite fielding unit, stride off as one. They will return presently needing 139 for a famous win. Before anyone gets too excited - even if Australia have looked rusty so far - batting is tricky out there and the Aussies have some excellent bowlers. Nevertheless, that was some display. "I thought the Zimbabweans did pretty well there," Hussey says. "The wicket has a little bit in it. We are going to have to field very well, like Zimbabwe did."

Martin Williamson's furiously typing out updates to the bulletin as we're going along, incidentally. He's not furious, by the way, just his typing.

Don't go anywhere - well, no further than a quick kettle trip - and it will be Andrew Miller to kick off the chase.

End of over 20 (10 runs) Australia 138/9

    • BJ Hodge 35 (22b 2x4 2x6)
    • E Chigumbura 3-0-20-3
    • GB Brent 4-0-19-2





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