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)
0.1

Lee to Sibanda, 1 wide, oops, that's fast, furious and misdirected ... Rusty?

0.1

Lee to Sibanda, 1 wide, fast again, and off target again. Sibanda wafts but doesn't come close, and the umpire signals another wide

0.1

Lee to Sibanda, no run, short and tucked off the hips. A slight misfield at square leg gives Sibanda notions of a single, but he thinks better of it

0.2

Lee to Sibanda, no run, that's much better - short, angry and quick. Sibanda does well to lift his gloves well out of the way. He's furious ... with himself and everything around him

0.3

Lee to Sibanda, 1 run, full and pushed into the covers, a direct hit would have been close, but Hussey misses. It's all happening out there

0.4

Lee to Taylor, 1 run, pushed back onto the stumps, but Taylor gets off the mark with an angled steer to gully

0.5

Lee to Sibanda, FOUR, short, a thick edge and a genuine chance, but that flew clean through the vacant third slip and all the way to the boundary.

There wasn't much that reached the third-man boundary in Australia's innings. Their extra pace may not be an asset in the conditions ...

0.6

Lee to Sibanda, no run, drawn forward in a watchful defence

End of over 1 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 8/0 (131 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 6.89)

    • V Sibanda 5 (5b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 1 (1b)
    • B Lee 1-0-8-0
1.1

Bracken to Taylor, no run, hint of swing? Left alone at any rate

1.2

Bracken to Taylor, no run, good line, threatening to nip back into the right-hander's off stump. Left again

1.3

Bracken to Taylor, 1 run, drawn forward and that's some positive intent from Taylor - a nudge into the covers and an instant call. He's had a great game with the gloves, so his confidence is up

1.4

Bracken to Sibanda, no run, down the pitch and that's a big swing from Sibanda. He doesn't connect, but the positive intent has to be encouraged

1.5

Bracken to Sibanda, no run, fuller and straighter from Bracken, but more good calling results in another important single. Plenty for Ponting to ponder as he adjusts the field

1.6

Bracken to Sibanda, FOUR, lovely strike! Down on one knee and a full flourish of the bat. The outfield is still sluggish but that was sweetly timed - and placed - and trickles across the rope. Well played

End of over 2 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 13/0 (126 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 7.00)

    • V Sibanda 9 (8b 2x4)
    • BRM Taylor 2 (4b)
    • NW Bracken 1-0-5-0
    • B Lee 1-0-8-0
2.1

Lee to Taylor, no run, fast and furious again. But only one slip for Lee

2.2

Lee to Taylor, 1 run, Taylor backs away to give himself room. Can't time the backfoot steer, but another single as slip rushes up to field

2.3

Lee to Sibanda, 2 runs, into position for the pull shot - can't quite time it, but it's good enough to beat midwicket. Aggressive running brings two, and Zimbabwe are calling the shots

2.4

Lee to Sibanda, FOUR, that's a fantastic strike - fast, too full, and Sibanda gives himself room to free his arms, and carves Lee clean through the covers

2.5

Lee to Sibanda, FOUR, crash! A second boundary in the over, and that's even sweeter than the first. Whistles through point and all the way to the rope

2.6

Lee to Sibanda, no run, a better delivery to finish, but Australia are suddenly in a bit of strife

End of over 3 (11 runs) Zimbabwe 24/0 (115 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 6.76)

    • V Sibanda 19 (12b 4x4)
    • BRM Taylor 3 (6b)
    • B Lee 2-0-19-0
    • NW Bracken 1-0-5-0
3.1

Bracken to Taylor, 2 runs, down the pitch and clobbered over the top. Fantastic intent from these two batsmen. The ball plugs in the outfield, but no matter. The momentum is with them

3.2

Bracken to Taylor, 1 run, fuller length and that's dabbed behind point for a single. Clever, sensible play, from Taylor, who's keeping a cool head while Australia lose theirs

3.3

Bracken to Sibanda, FOUR, blam! That flew straight back over Bracken's head with a stand-and-deliver swing of the blade! Decapitation was an option there. What on earth is going on?

3.4

Bracken to Sibanda, no run, outside off and swinging away. A better length, but safely negotiated

3.5

Bracken to Sibanda, OUT, in the slot for a swing, but Sibanda's gone this time! A bit of lift and away-movement, and Gilchrist behind the stumps takes a comfortable catch. Still, Sibanda has done his bit. He's given his team the start they needed ...

V Sibanda c †Gilchrist b Bracken 23 (16m 15b 5x4 0x6) SR: 153.33

3.6

Bracken to Chibhabha, no run, full length, bending back into the right-hander, defended into the covers to complete the over

End of over 4 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 31/1 (108 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 7.75, RRR: 6.75)

    • CJ Chibhabha 0 (1b)
    • BRM Taylor 6 (8b)
    • NW Bracken 2-0-12-1
    • B Lee 2-0-19-0

Brett Lee is out of the attack, and little wonder. Here's Stuart Clark, who rather enjoys South African conditions

4.1

Clark to Taylor, 1 run, right on the spot, but Taylor defends into the gap and that's another single

4.2

Clark to Chibhabha, 2 runs, a touch too straight, and Chibhabha nurdles down to fine leg. The scoreboard keeps ticking

A slip is now in place

4.3

Clark to Chibhabha, no run, dabbed out to the covers and a direct hit would have been close. Instead it's a fumble. Australia aren't yet as sharp in the field as Zimbabwe were

4.4

Clark to Chibhabha, no run, short and left well alone as Gilchrist takes the ball at shoulder-height

4.5

Clark to Chibhabha, no run, a swing and a miss. A few dot-balls creeping in now. Zimbabwe need to keep the strike rotating. Or at least keep their cool if it doesn't

4.6

Clark to Chibhabha, FOUR, that's a quality strike - straight down the ground with the highest of elbows. It wouldn't have looked out of place in a Test match. Which is how Australia are going to have to play this now ...

End of over 5 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 38/1 (101 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 7.60, RRR: 6.73)

    • CJ Chibhabha 6 (6b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 7 (9b)
    • SR Clark 1-0-7-0
    • NW Bracken 2-0-12-1

Here's Mitchell Johnson

5.1

Johnson to Taylor, 1 run, On the spot first ball, and pushed into the gap in the covers

5.2

Johnson to Chibhabha, no run, driven hard, but this time straight to short cover

5.3

Johnson to Chibhabha, FOUR, misdirected - short and a long-hop to boot. Chibhabha glances expertly to beat the man on the 45, and that's another boundary

5.4

Johnson to Chibhabha, no run, whoosh - that had intent, but it was rather a windy woof, as Richie Benaud once put it. Easy now ...

5.5

Johnson to Chibhabha, FOUR, or not! This time he makes contact, and some! The ball was pitched up and right in the slot, and Chibhabha made no mistake whatsoever. Clean as a whistle over long-off!

5.6

Johnson to Chibhabha, no run, a dot ball to finish, but that's an expensive start. And Zimbabwe are inching ever closer to a monstrous upset

End of over 6 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 47/1 (92 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.83, RRR: 6.57)

    • CJ Chibhabha 14 (11b 3x4)
    • BRM Taylor 8 (10b)
    • MG Johnson 1-0-9-0
    • SR Clark 1-0-7-0
6.1

Clark to Taylor, 1 run, on the spot, but without much nip, and Taylor has all the time in the world to dab that down to third man. Another run is notched off the requirement

6.2

Clark to Chibhabha, 1 run, fuller, and angling into off stump, but another single thanks to some sharp calling. They don't have to do much more than that

6.3

Clark to Taylor, FOUR, the momentum is all red and black. That's too short from Clark, and Taylor uses the pace to cut that into the gap behind point. Cool as you like

6.4

Clark to Taylor, 1 run, another single. Superb running between these two, and Ricky Ponting is feeling a little lost

6.5

Clark to Chibhabha, no run, short, and Chibhabha ducks. The crowd bays for a wide, but Clark gets away with it. Only just mind.

6.6

Clark to Chibhabha, OUT, that's a massive steepler - it's gone straight up in the air and almost tops out above the Newlands lights. Any man on the field could have claimed it, but Gilchrist with the gloves steps forward, and is a very relieved man to end that mini-onslaught

CJ Chibhabha c †Gilchrist b Clark 15 (13m 14b 3x4 0x6) SR: 107.14

End of over 7 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 54/2 (85 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 7.71, RRR: 6.53)

    • BRM Taylor 14 (13b 1x4)
    • SR Clark 2-0-14-1
    • MG Johnson 1-0-9-0
7.1

Johnson to Taibu, no run, lovely ball, good lift and carry. Taibu does well not to edge that

It's raining, but Zimbabwe are still head on D/L

7.2

Johnson to Taibu, no run, another ripper. Welcome to the crease, Tatenda

7.3

Johnson to Taibu, no run, wide of off stump, but not called. Taibu looks askance at the umpire

7.4

Johnson to Taibu, 1 wide, this time it is called and rightly so. Another one to the tally

7.4

Johnson to Taibu, no run, tighter to off stump and good lift off the pitch. Taibu shoulders arms, because he doesn't need to rush this

7.5

Johnson to Taibu, no run, wide of the off stump again, and that's another marginal call

7.6

Johnson to Taibu, OUT, no width at all this time. That was a perfect lifter on middle stump and seaming away to boot. Taibu feathers a limp defensive stroke to the keeper, and Australia are starting to assert themselves at last.

T Taibu c †Gilchrist b Johnson 0 (3m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

"I don't know about you lot, but am I alone in thinking that every neutral in the cricketing world is temporarily Zimbabwean?" asks Richard Seeckts.

With that wicket Zimbabwe have gone behind on D/L as the rain gets heavier...drama at Newlands

End of over 8 (1 run) Zimbabwe 55/3 (84 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.87, RRR: 7.00)

    • BRM Taylor 14 (13b 1x4)
    • MG Johnson 2-0-10-1
    • SR Clark 2-0-14-1
8.1

Clark to Taylor, 1 run, nudged into the gap. A lot rests on Taylor now

8.2

Clark to Matsikenyeri, no run, defended into the covers, and the rain gets heavier

"Why isn't Glenn McGrath playing," asks Raja. He's gone out to lunch with Dennis Lillee

8.3

Clark to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, nurdled down to fine leg

8.4

Clark to Taylor, no run, a bit of a waft outside off, but no edge

Apparently Zimbabwe are back level on D/L... cor

8.5

Clark to Taylor, 1 run, slashed and slashed hard, but not the same pace on the ball as before, and third man fields

8.6

Clark to Matsikenyeri, no run, defended to complete the over, and Zimbabwe slip two runs behind on D/L ...

End of over 9 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 58/3 (81 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.44, RRR: 7.36)

    • S Matsikenyeri 1 (3b)
    • BRM Taylor 16 (16b 1x4)
    • SR Clark 3-0-17-1
    • MG Johnson 2-0-10-1
9.1

Johnson to Taylor, 1 run, driven with an open face and third man thinks he's in with a chance for a moment. In the end it bounces just short

9.2

Johnson to Matsikenyeri, no run, short but arrow-straight. Matsikenyeri attempts to cut, but misses

9.3

Johnson to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, a crazy moment! Matsikenyeri could have been run out at both ends, but two shies both miss, and overthrows are the result! Gosh

More rain

9.4

Johnson to Taylor, no run

9.5

Johnson to Taylor, FOUR, that's a massive boundary for Zimbabwe. Short, and Taylor made room to slap a short ball through the gap at point

9.6

Johnson to Taylor, 2 runs, driven square off the back foot, doesn't quite time it, but that's one more run to take Zimbabwe level on D/L. It couldn't get much more exciting

Or could it? Here's Jenny Thompson. Let's find out, thanks Andrew.

End of over 10 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 66/3 (73 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.60, RRR: 7.30)

    • BRM Taylor 23 (20b 2x4)
    • S Matsikenyeri 2 (5b)
    • MG Johnson 3-0-18-1
    • SR Clark 3-0-17-1
10.1

Clark to Matsikenyeri, 1 run, late cut poked wide of first slip - Ponting's flashing hand, and dive, stopping that. Tight work

10.2

Clark to Taylor, 2 runs, back-foot drive, terrible misfield from the usually excellent Symonds who fluffs at cover, the ball heading through his legs. Overthrow results

10.3

Clark to Taylor, 1 run, backing away and away and eventually presses forward in defence - could have waited and turned to leg but it wasn't to be

The rain continues to come down, steadily

10.4

Clark to Matsikenyeri, no run, Matsikenyeri backed away this time and swished at it on the back foot - the ball sailing over the stumps

Ponting has just pulled a very tatty sheet of paper out of his pocket. It's the Duckworth-Lewis calculations, and he's not entirely sure which way up to hold them

10.5

Clark to Matsikenyeri, OUT, goes to hook, a huge top-edge goes high and back down into Gilchrist's hands - the keeper didn't have to do too much there, just hold on

S Matsikenyeri c †Gilchrist b Clark 3 (11m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

That wicket's now set Zimbabwe back by four runs (on D/L)

10.6

Clark to Taylor, 1 run, driven to mid-off for a quick single

Symonds now

End of over 11 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 71/4 (68 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.45, RRR: 7.55)

    • BRM Taylor 27 (23b 2x4)
    • H Masakadza 0 (0b)
    • SR Clark 4-0-22-2
    • MG Johnson 3-0-18-1
11.1

Symonds to Taylor, 1 run, forgettable - dragged it down and the batsman doesn't time the pull properly

11.2

Symonds to Masakadza, 1 run, defended on the back foot and worked down past first slip

11.3

Symonds to Taylor, 1 run, guided easily to midwicket

Symonds bowling medium pace, by the way

11.4

Symonds to Masakadza, no run, worked into the covers

11.5

Symonds to Masakadza, no run, tight on off, stands tall, and works the ball into short midwicket

8.55pm The umpires are out and a restart is imminent. Zimbabwe will have to contend with a wetter - read slower - outfield, and Australia's bowlers will have to deal with a slippery ball. Let's see who emerges triumphant, and hope that rain doesn't play a further part.

"Frank Duckworth would love us to show par scores," says one of the Cricinfo statty types from his cave. "It's just too complex for us to automate." And if the anoraks can't work it out, it must be complex.

The Zimbabweans are coming out, some with towels on their heads

8.50pm Three little words to thrill you all: Covers. Coming. Off. The rain has stopped, everyone. The full 20 overs will be played, weather permitting. "They are taking a rope around the outfield," says Gnasher. "The anti-dew spray from earlier is fairly helpless against a heavy downpour as we just had."

For all those of you asking that we provide automated Duckworth-Lewis calculations ... the formula is remarkably complex and we cannot automate (I am not sure we would be allowed to anyhow because of copyright rules) but we will keep you up-to-date at least once an over when play resumes.

8.40pm Australia could sneak off with this now - the rain's even heavier and more covers are coming on. Five overs of the second innings constitutes a game, so they would win if the rain stays as is. They're not lopping off overs yet, and won't do for a while. We'll keep you updated.

8.30pm The rain's getting heavier now and play has stopped. Australia are ahead on Duckworth-Lewis - by 5 runs. The covers are rushed on. And it's really sheeting down. Australia clinging on right now. Can the rain save them?

11.6

Symonds to Masakadza, 1 run, played off the back foot to mid-on

End of over 12 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 75/4 (64 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.25, RRR: 8.00)

    • H Masakadza 2 (4b)
    • BRM Taylor 29 (25b 2x4)
    • A Symonds 1-0-4-0
    • SR Clark 4-0-22-2
12.1

Hodge to Masakadza, 1 run, looped up there, a forthright drive eased to Hayden at long-off

12.2

Hodge to Taylor, no run, pace right off the ball, on a good length, and defended forward

12.3

Hodge to Taylor, no run, how international cricket has missed Gilchrist's "Aw, yes, mates" but he makes up for them there with one as that's on the spot and defended

12.4

Hodge to Taylor, no run, another good delivery, defended forward

12.5

Hodge to Taylor, no run, another dot ball for Hodge

12.6

Hodge to Taylor, FOUR, dragged a touch short and the pressure bursts instantly with a cut away behind point off the back foot

Symonds now

End of over 13 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 80/4 (59 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.15, RRR: 8.42)

    • BRM Taylor 33 (30b 3x4)
    • H Masakadza 3 (5b)
    • BJ Hodge 1-0-5-0
    • A Symonds 1-0-4-0
13.1

Symonds to Masakadza, no run, oops. short ball invited the hook - and Clark hardly went for it; a dive forward at fine leg and he could have been on to that. He possibly didn't pick it up

13.2

Symonds to Masakadza, 1 run, worked off the legs

13.3

Symonds to Taylor, 1 run, flicked away to deep square for a single

13.4

Symonds to Masakadza, no run, up there, on off, driven back to the bowler who picks it up easily

13.5

Symonds to Masakadza, FOUR, short and forcefully pulled through square for a one-bounce four

13.6

Symonds to Masakadza, 1 run, full toss, on leg, awkward height - keeping low - and rushed off the legs to the man at deep square

Zimbabwe are 12 runs behind on D/L

End of over 14 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 87/4 (52 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.21, RRR: 8.66)

    • H Masakadza 9 (10b 1x4)
    • BRM Taylor 34 (31b 3x4)
    • A Symonds 2-0-11-0
    • BJ Hodge 1-0-5-0
14.1

Hodge to Masakadza, 1 run, knocked to mid-on for an easy single

14.2

Hodge to Taylor, SIX, big six - straight down the ground. Taylor comes down the track and plants right over long-off

14.3

Hodge to Taylor, no run, driven to mid-on

That six has eased the pressure now. They're one behind on D/L

14.4

Hodge to Taylor, 1 run, driven out to mid-off for a quick single

14.5

Hodge to Masakadza, 1 run, full, on off, driven back out to mid-on for a safe single

14.6

Hodge to Taylor, SIX, terrible full toss to bring up the hundred in fine style - booming srtaight drive over long-on. Very well connected

Zimbabwe are now ahead on D/L. Johnson back into the attack

End of over 15 (15 runs) Zimbabwe 102/4 (37 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.80, RRR: 7.40)

    • BRM Taylor 47 (35b 3x4 2x6)
    • H Masakadza 11 (12b 1x4)
    • BJ Hodge 2-0-20-0
    • A Symonds 2-0-11-0
15.1

Johnson to Masakadza, no run, down the track and gets back as Johnson takes the sticks. A tight one, but incredibly Australia do not refer it. Replays look like he was out - possible shocker there. No appeal - and that was too close not to refer

15.2

Johnson to Masakadza, 1 run, played into the covers

15.3

Johnson to Taylor, 1 run, brings his bat down on that one late to knock it into the covers for a quick single

15.4

Johnson to Masakadza, 2 runs, pushed across the righthander and worked down to third man

15.5

Johnson to Masakadza, FOUR, width outside off; huge outside edge from an attempted cover drive lands safe - and that runs away

15.6

Johnson to Masakadza, no run, worked into the leg, tight, and they look for a quick single, but decide not to

Lee now. Is pace the answer here?

End of over 16 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 110/4 (29 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.87, RRR: 7.25)

    • H Masakadza 18 (17b 2x4)
    • BRM Taylor 48 (36b 3x4 2x6)
    • MG Johnson 4-0-26-1
    • BJ Hodge 2-0-20-0
16.1

Lee to Taylor, 1 run, well bowled, low and in on off-stick, driven back out to cover

16.2

Lee to Masakadza, 1 run, full toss, thigh height, driven out in front of short midwicket for an easy one

16.3

Lee to Taylor, 1 run, sensible single there - Taylor pushing to cover and setting off immediately to bring up an excellent fifty

38 balls that took

16.4

Lee to Masakadza, no run, pushed on to the back foot and two fielders bound in from the off-side ring to tidy up

16.5

Lee to Masakadza, 2 runs, on off, driven out to mid-off for a quick single - which becomes two as there's an overthrow from Clark's mis-shy at the non-striker's stumps

16.6

Lee to Masakadza, 1 run, full on leg, and well dug out to midwicket for a quick single

Bracken back into the attack

End of over 17 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 116/4 (23 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.82, RRR: 7.66)

    • H Masakadza 22 (21b 2x4)
    • BRM Taylor 50 (38b 3x4 2x6)
    • B Lee 3-0-25-0
    • MG Johnson 4-0-26-1
17.1

Bracken to Masakadza, 1 run, full toss slants across the right hander, who drives back to cover where it's well stopped

17.2

Bracken to Taylor, 1 run, on off, firmly struck straight towards long-off for one. A two would have been too risky, there

17.3

Bracken to Masakadza, 2 runs, another full toss, driven through extra cover this time and they took the throw on from Hussey - a good decision because they were back easily

That's the fifty partnership from 40 balls

17.4

Bracken to Masakadza, no run, driven strongly back to Bracken who is vigilant in tidying up

17.5

Bracken to Masakadza, no run, steps back to give himself room and drives back to Bracken again

17.6

Bracken to Masakadza, 1 run, full again, driven down the ground towards long-on

A good over from Bracken, applying the brakes there. But the momentum is building for Zimbabwe - and this is heading for the wire. Lee now

End of over 18 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 121/4 (18 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.72, RRR: 9.00)

    • H Masakadza 26 (26b 2x4)
    • BRM Taylor 51 (39b 3x4 2x6)
    • NW Bracken 3-0-17-1
    • B Lee 3-0-25-0
18.1

Lee to Masakadza, 1 run, yorker, well bowled, but poor fielding as Zimbabwe scramble a single a metre or so square of the wicket as the ball crashes off the bat into the pad and back out there

18.2

Lee to Taylor, 1 run, another yorker, dug out again, with a drive towards the cover boundary

18.3

Lee to Masakadza, OUT, dangerous shot - sounded like an edge but there wasn't - Masakadza trying the sweep and paying for it. You don't get plumber and that wasn't a tough decision

H Masakadza lbw b Lee 27 (28b 2x4 0x6) SR: 96.42

Chigumbura's chance to be a hero now. 16 from nine balls required

18.4

Lee to Chigumbura, 1 run, stuns the ball down right onto the batting crease and they run through a very quick single, Lee running soen and breaking the stumps with his hand, not the ball

18.5

Lee to Taylor, 2 runs, worked behind square for two

13 from seven needed now. Tense, very tense, but the game's heading Australia's way at the moment. Lee's final ball coming up

18.6

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

Bracken now

End of over 19 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 127/5 (12 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.68, RRR: 12.00)

    • BRM Taylor 55 (42b 3x4 2x6)
    • E Chigumbura 1 (1b)
    • B Lee 4-0-31-1
    • NW Bracken 3-0-17-1
19.1

Bracken to Taylor, FOUR, low full toss outside off, Taylor reaches out to somehow sweep behind square, eluding the man on the way

19.2

Bracken to Taylor, 1 run, drive to cover for a single

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?

19.3

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

19.4

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

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.

19.5

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.

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.

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    LHB

  • RHB

    LHB

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