World Twenty20 2010 warm-ups April 27, 2010

Zimbabwe shock Australia with warm-up win

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Zimbabwe 173 for 7 (Chigumbura 76, Johnson 4-23) beat Australia 172 for 7 (Clarke 49) by 1 run
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Zimbabwe delivered Australia a wake-up call after taking two wickets in the final over to seal a one-run win in their warm-up in St Lucia. Australia were on track chasing Zimbabwe's 173 for 7 when David Warner smashed 72 off 49 and the captain Michael Clarke took them to the verge of victory with 49 from 42.

Australia wanted 13 from the final over but the task became too difficult when Clarke was bowled from the second-last ball by Chris Mpofu. Mitchell Johnson was then run-out from a wide and Brett Lee could only manage a bye from the final delivery. It was a practice game but it was Australia's first T20 defeat of the season and it will worry them that they lost so much momentum at the vital stages of the chase.

Zimbabwe had relied on Elton Chigumbura to lift them after they were 36 for 4 in the sixth over. Chigumbura quickly provided some substance as he blasted six sixes and five fours in his 76 off 33 balls. Craig Ervine chipped in with a valuable 39 in the stand of 114 that took the side to safety.

Lee made an encouraging comeback from his broken thumb with 1 for 13 off four and Johnson led the figures with 4 for 23. Life was not as rosy for Nathan Hauritz, Daniel Christian and Shane Watson, who all went at 12 or more an over.

The Australians, who left out Shaun Tait and Cameron White, play a Windward Island XI on Thursday in their last chance to fire before their opening match of the tournament against Pakistan on Sunday. Zimbabwe face Sri Lanka on Monday in Guyana before running into New Zealand.

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  • jaztech on April 30, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    I have to laugh at the Pakistani commenters who proclaimed the end of Australian cricket because they were defeated by one run by Zimbabwe in the warm up... only a day or so before Pakistan got thrashed by Zimbabwe in another warm up. What does that guy say on The Simpsons? I believe it's... "Ha ha".

  • bee-eer on April 29, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    it happens in every one day competition. A small team beats Australia who then go on to win the competition

  • on April 29, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Practice match or not, it's great to see Zim win against Oz. After all the nonsense that Zim cricket has been through, any win no matter how small is celebrated. Would also be fantastic to see the rest of the team get their heads right and do justice to their abilities. We're coming up. Go Zim go!!

  • Toppspinner on April 29, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    Liaqat Hussain has a good point. You should see just how good cricket is in Uganda at present; and Kenya too may be conducting a bit of a resurgence. Well done, Zimbabwe! Now come to Kampala and give us a game - we're up for it!

  • on April 29, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    stunning result, zimbabwe is the team to look at this world cup

  • __PK on April 28, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    Wow! Who'd have thought there were so many bitter sub-continent cricket fans, so jealous of Australia's success that they'd leave unsportsman-like comments on a article that didn't even involve their team. Major, major inferiority complexes. And, for the record, the recent Aus/NZ T20 game was a tie, as the official records will state in perpetuity. The Super Over is just a bit of fun for the crowd, or if you need a result for a tournament to proceed.

  • DrDagli on April 28, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    warm up ok but still this is the first upset of ICC t20 WC.Another team that can upset established team is Bangla Desh,with its fearless young players.Remember they beat India out of contention earlier. Its going to be interesting tournament...........

  • kksinojia on April 28, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    This is the second time Zim boys have done it to Australia.First t20 in SA they also lost to ZIM & couldn't make it.ITs T20 format..no one is really in game until its finished.

  • shaalim on April 28, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    After many year of weakness, Zimbabwe shows good game. This win will give more confidence to Zimbabwe.

    http://www.sportsrooters.com

  • Taz786 on April 28, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    isn't that twice now that Zim have turned over the Aussies in T20 ? I recall they beat them once already in the 2007 Tournament ?

  • jaztech on April 30, 2010, 2:55 GMT

    I have to laugh at the Pakistani commenters who proclaimed the end of Australian cricket because they were defeated by one run by Zimbabwe in the warm up... only a day or so before Pakistan got thrashed by Zimbabwe in another warm up. What does that guy say on The Simpsons? I believe it's... "Ha ha".

  • bee-eer on April 29, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    it happens in every one day competition. A small team beats Australia who then go on to win the competition

  • on April 29, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Practice match or not, it's great to see Zim win against Oz. After all the nonsense that Zim cricket has been through, any win no matter how small is celebrated. Would also be fantastic to see the rest of the team get their heads right and do justice to their abilities. We're coming up. Go Zim go!!

  • Toppspinner on April 29, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    Liaqat Hussain has a good point. You should see just how good cricket is in Uganda at present; and Kenya too may be conducting a bit of a resurgence. Well done, Zimbabwe! Now come to Kampala and give us a game - we're up for it!

  • on April 29, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    stunning result, zimbabwe is the team to look at this world cup

  • __PK on April 28, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    Wow! Who'd have thought there were so many bitter sub-continent cricket fans, so jealous of Australia's success that they'd leave unsportsman-like comments on a article that didn't even involve their team. Major, major inferiority complexes. And, for the record, the recent Aus/NZ T20 game was a tie, as the official records will state in perpetuity. The Super Over is just a bit of fun for the crowd, or if you need a result for a tournament to proceed.

  • DrDagli on April 28, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    warm up ok but still this is the first upset of ICC t20 WC.Another team that can upset established team is Bangla Desh,with its fearless young players.Remember they beat India out of contention earlier. Its going to be interesting tournament...........

  • kksinojia on April 28, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    This is the second time Zim boys have done it to Australia.First t20 in SA they also lost to ZIM & couldn't make it.ITs T20 format..no one is really in game until its finished.

  • shaalim on April 28, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    After many year of weakness, Zimbabwe shows good game. This win will give more confidence to Zimbabwe.

    http://www.sportsrooters.com

  • Taz786 on April 28, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    isn't that twice now that Zim have turned over the Aussies in T20 ? I recall they beat them once already in the 2007 Tournament ?

  • liaqathussain on April 28, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    its great to see what zim have acheived without the help from icc. i watched zim recent matches in westindies where they pushed the windies all the way and even won 2 matche's

    icc dont do enough to promote cricket, their more interested in ipl riches,, come on zim do all the smal nations proud

  • poderdubdubdub on April 28, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    Zimbabwe !! Yeah, it does not mean much really. Aussies are a different cattle of fish, they have the same chance of winning the T20 Ch'ship as any other 'favourite' team, also we have seen in past these minnows can only go so far. There is a talk of spin being the trump card, well it has to be a spin of the very special quality else we have seen in past that the best spin bowlers in the world get smacked more for the maximums than the pacers. The best pacemen will still contain the flow of runs better than the spinners.

  • en.ki on April 28, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    Please people don't read anything to this, it was just a warm-up for crying out loud and Zimbabwe are acting like they won something. This WARM UP MATCH DOES NOT MEAN ANYTHING.

  • SajidMirza on April 28, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    I know T20 is not ozzie's game.. They are best in Tests and ODI's but in T20 they are on 5th rank (Excuse me, its my own ranking).

  • lucyferr on April 28, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    T20 - the great equalizer... awesome! This is like the FA Cup of cricket...

  • on April 28, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    In T20 I think Zimbabwe is improving and in this WC, they will surely make difference. Chigambura has batted fluently and to the mark. I think he should be watched and checked by the opposition bowlers. Moreover, fielding also has improved.

  • Bang_La on April 28, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    To Rooboy too: You Aussies may try to shrug it off as "no matter" but it was a defeat and a very thrilling match. A defeat is a defeat. Why you guys are now writing longest comments here to make the defeat looks like a slip? Because, it did shake you up, it did shake up your bones! Worry about your first round matches, dudes. You can't shrug any more if you lose either of the matches :)

  • Bang_La on April 28, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    To Wisdom_of_Cricket: What kind of cricketing language is to refuse to congratulate a winning team? Even warm-up matches can be stunning. Do you want to say Australia didn't try to win the match because it was a "nothing" match? If so, why Aussie players are now trying to cover their failure? It was a WIN for Zimbabwe and a DEFEAT for Australia, period.

  • CSpiers on April 28, 2010, 12:19 GMT

    um they lost by 1 run. that's as close as it gets last time I checked (apart from a tie and a "super over"). why not wait until the tournament actually begins until you all make such over the top judgements about "australia going out in the first round." maybe if they lost by 70 runs I might start to empathise with you... foolish thoughts

  • on April 28, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    great work zimababwe good luck ahead

  • on April 28, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    pple should praise Elty for 76 off 33 balls at a strike rate of 217.00. that is why he will be playing t20 cricket in england for northants. he is a "see-ball-hit ball" kind of guy. i bet he will be playing in the ipl next year. watch out new zealand and sri lanka

  • vinayakmathur on April 28, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    Its all because of carribean pitches and the T20, both are so much unpredictable.You do not have so much time to recover when u r out of the rhythm of the game.

  • Itchy on April 28, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    I've already tipped that Aus are no chance in this tournament and that Banglas are a big chance to go a long way. @maddy20 - what does Gideon Haigh have to do with this result. Last I have read from him, he has criticised the governance practices of the IPL which has little to do with the Aus team, players or selectors (although they all could be kicked up the bum a little).

  • Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on April 28, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    beats me why bollinger is not in the team!! :O

  • on April 28, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    As one article suggested that Aussie might going to attack Bangladesh with 4 prong pace attack...Bangladesh might answer with 4 prong left-arm spin. With little help of pitch (sluggish I mean), Aussie big hitters will be tested hard.

  • SettingSun on April 28, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    @Wisdom_of_Cricket - I like to imagine that you made that comment looking down your nose at the entire internet, because that really is how it sounded. If you don't mind, I'll be over here chuckling at Australia anyway, if it's all the same to you.

  • on April 28, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    T20 is a cruel game but no worries I am loving it.... Chigumbura you beauty!!! Zimbabwe did it in the the first T20 World Cup and this time though it's in a warm-up game but still... Excellent effort!!!

  • on April 28, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    It was a good win,it will show New Zealand and Sri Lanka Zim Is not a mere push-over.

  • maddy20 on April 28, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    Gideon Haigh take note. Your might Aussie team is well set for another first-round exit. The Aussies should take care of the troubles in their own backyard before criticizing others

  • on April 28, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    australi losing to zimbawe

  • on April 28, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    Elton Chigumbura blasted six sixes and five fours in his 76 off 33 balls .. aWWWWWeSoMe!

    *Match THAT!* Australia :-P

  • seansie78 on April 28, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    is it me or is this becoming a trend now, that zimbabwe has beaten australia in all their t20 matches so far .the australians have never beaten zimbabwe at t20 level.Please dont be pathetic and start sayiing teams dont aim to win warm up matches, i cant think especioally australia would be here to lose any game , especially not to Zimbabwe!Good form from chigumbura,tidy keeping from taibu. the bowling needs a little more encouragement..mpofu seems a good seamer 7 in the warm up against west indies , cremer and utseya can do better to hold theirends and suppot price. new zealand better be prepared for a match looks like it !

  • on April 28, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    Pakistan lost to ireland in westindies, now australia loses to zimbawe. Carribean pitches are so so unpredictable they tend to be slow most of the times and its not good for the big teams to be honest. Anything can happen in this t20 i wouldnt be surprised if a team like afghanistan beats india and bangladesh beats Pakistan.

  • SyedArbabAhmed on April 28, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    I guess this is Australia's 2nd defeat to Zimbabwe in T20 in comparison to their only defeat to them in very 1st ODI they played against each other, and Australia yet to taste defeat against Zimbabwe in TEST, I think Australia yet to find their way to success as they have found in other formats of the game, good for us (Pakistan).

  • on April 28, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    Wisdom_of _Cricket thinks he is very wise. Did I ask Pup to leave out players??? Fact of the matter is the current Aussie team is nothing but average, and can only defeat worse teams like Pakistan and Windies. This is going to be another first round exit for them. And to the above mentioned person:Dude, champion teams win every match, or at least show intent to do so. If Zimbabwe doesn't deserve congratulations, then even Australia's 16 wins in a row is crap.!!

  • sammykent on April 28, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    Hahahaha. Australia is getting spanked by everyone at T20. They need to get with the program. Even if you dislike T20 it is a new format that is widely embraced. Poor show by the Aussies.

  • Gupta.Ankur on April 28, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    Well are we all prepared to see another first round exit from WC2010 from the aussies?

    You bet,i am!

  • jezzabel on April 28, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    As a Zimbabwean who witnessed the destruction of not only the team but the whole infrastructure of the sport in Zimbabwe, I'm just pleased to see our young guys being competitive again on the world stage, and that our young players now have the chance to demonstrate their talent. Who knows how far they can go in this tournament? It doesn't matter to me, and neither does this particular match's warm-up status. I'm celebrating.

  • on April 28, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    wooohoooo :D go zimbabwiens! XD I like it when australia loses :P

  • on April 28, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    Cmon AUSSIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rooboy on April 28, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    I can only guess the writer is treating Aus's last 20/20 match as a tie and ignoring the super over, otherwise (as has been extensively noted ...) this is not Australia's first 20/20 loss of the season. I think Wisdom_of_Cricket has the right idea, Bang_La clearly does not - Johnson's comments were pretty predictable and stated the obvious, how is this trying to 'dilute a defeat', Bang_La? And to say the defeat 'surely shook Aussie bones' ... *sigh*. I can assure you that this Aussie fan's bones remain unshaken by the result. Aus obviously treated the match the same way they treated the ODI series against NZ in 2007 before the World Cup, ie not picking the full team and experimenting with players. Aus lost that series against NZ 3-0 but won the World Cup undefeated a few months later. If anything, the loss will be a kick in the butt to make them focus. I wouldn't like to be a bangladeshi batsman ...

  • Vivek.Bhandari on April 28, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    the zims may be the dark horses this tournament...they've got the spinners nd the batsman who can last just about 20 overs...like B'desh...

  • on April 28, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    this time it you can expect lot of upsets

  • mike9999 on April 28, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    Pity about Lee being injured again. The wake-up call should be for the Aussie selectors....if you want to win here you better call up Bolly

  • on April 28, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    Well done to the team, you have done us all proud. Our batting needs real work going forward and we hope to see the next match on supersport.Good luck in the next game.

  • danishahmed5795 on April 28, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    A good wake up call for Australia, hope they get into the winning rhythm. It's good for the ICC World T20.

  • on April 28, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    tats great... zimbabwe won.. but there are in the group with us srilanka lol!

  • Misbah_Magnifico on April 28, 2010, 2:00 GMT

    Haha, the formerly mighty Aussies got winkled out by the minnows. Woohooo, i hope Pakistan thrashes them in their opening game.

  • on April 28, 2010, 1:54 GMT

    How embarrassing, although Zimbabwe are a force to be reckoned with in world cricket..... *cries*

  • Grimmett_C_V on April 28, 2010, 1:52 GMT

    Australia has now lost two T20 games in a row - which shows how much of a leveller this game is.

  • mcgranoply on April 28, 2010, 1:35 GMT

    "Australia's first T20 defeat of the season"? Either its their first game of the season (which makes no sense having this comment) or this writer has forgot Australia's loss in the T20 against New Zealand in Christchurch which was the last game Australia played. Either way well done Zimbabwe! Though it was only a warm up match it shows Zimbabwe are capable of upsetting a few of the big guns!

  • on April 28, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    well done zimbabwe............ go ahead...

  • knowledge_eater on April 28, 2010, 1:15 GMT

    Welcome to ICC World Twenty20 2010 at my one of the favorite part of the world "The Caribbean" ... Now do the haPPy Dance ... ooooollllaaa ollllee ooo Dance Dance Dance now Dance Dance Dance ... what ! It was just warm up match !! but still dance dance dance. Welcome back Zimbabwe, I thought I lost you after my favorite Andy Flower. Peace.

  • on April 28, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    brilliant. Well done Zimbabuweans!

  • Wisdom_of_Cricket on April 28, 2010, 0:29 GMT

    I do not find anything stunning about this win, nor do I feel if Zimbabwe deserves any congratulations for this win. This is a warm-up game, and their opponents, Australia are not obligated to win this game. In fact, winning is seldom an objective in a warm up game. Usually teams use warm up games to get use their conditions and fine tune their skills. If winning was Australia's objective, then they would not have: played both Christian and Smith; left out Hussey and Tait. Anyway, keep the news coming in, Cricinfo...

  • keithsix on April 27, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    Probably hasn't done Australia's fothcoming opposition any favours. Minor correction to this article- NZ also beat Austalia in a T20 international this year- t20 no 149 on 28 February in Christchurch - scores were tied at 214 apiece (Brendon McCullum 116n.o.off 56 balls for NZ) and NZ then won one- over elimatinator after an excellent over from Tim Southee. Series was tied 1-1 Regards Keith - Napier, NZ

  • ScottNZ on April 27, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    "It was a practice game but it was Australia's first T20 defeat of the season"

    I think you will find NZ beat Aussie here in CHC, was a wicked game, i seen it with my own eyes...

  • Bang_La on April 27, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    "Obviously we would have liked to have won," Johnson said. "When you come into these practice games you want to be pretty close to your best." Is he trying to dilute a defeat that surely shook Aussie bones? So Australia can be defeated! Do Bangladesh hear?

  • on April 27, 2010, 23:41 GMT

    Hahahahaha Zimbabwe have Australia's # in t20. Remember the first t20 WC. haha this is great. I would love to c Pakistan and Bangladesh knock the aussies out in the 1st round. It would b great to see Micheal Clarke crying this time instead of Ponting.. haha LETS pakistan and Bangladesh. BUT on a bigger note. LETS GOO INDIA

  • on April 27, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    Is this the start of a new season. NZ beat the Aussies in NZ just recently in 20/20. Yay for Zimba....... what a great win for them. World cricket needs a strong Zimbabwe!

  • Winsome on April 27, 2010, 23:22 GMT

    Clarke wasn't that much of a help, at one point he was 39 off 38, he should have been able to see them home at the least. He also stuffed up in the last over against NZ on the recent tour by jogging a run when he should have sprinted and then they lost in the super over.

    He is a poor 20/20 player. He'll cost them again.

  • Buneer on April 27, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    Austraila wont be upset to a one win defeat, afterall these are warm up matches, Austrailans have restored their good ones for the World Cup.

  • on April 27, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    If only they had wagered their ICC nomination on the outcome of the match...

  • stickywicketnick on April 27, 2010, 22:55 GMT

    How is this Australia's first T20 defeat of the season? They lost against New Zealand in Christchurch, quite a memorable game considering it was only the second time a century had been scored in a T20 international.

  • Buneer on April 27, 2010, 22:53 GMT

    Austraila wont be shocked, they are a quality side and will bounce back in the T20 World Cup. They have keep their resouces to fire in the Major event.

  • Geraldine on April 27, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    Another demonstration that the selectors have no idea what they are doing. Michael Clarke is a one trick pony with no record to speak of in T20's. If he can barely manage a run a ball against Zimbabwe in a high scoring encounter, one wonders what he will manage against the better sides.

    Let's hope at the next selection meeting he looks around and realizes that there are at least a dozen better players and benches himself.

    I'll let someone else talk about Australia's pathetic bowling decisions...

  • on April 27, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    Second time Zimbabwe have beaten Australia in T20s! Nice!

  • Grimmett_C_V on April 27, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    Actually, Australia was beaten by New Zealand on February 28, so this is their second T20 loss this season, or does that game somehow not count?

  • WI-NZ-SA-ENG on April 27, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    this shows tht west indies losing to Zimbabwe wasn't really all to embarrassing, anyone can win a twenty match if they have at least one good hitter.

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  • WI-NZ-SA-ENG on April 27, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    this shows tht west indies losing to Zimbabwe wasn't really all to embarrassing, anyone can win a twenty match if they have at least one good hitter.

  • Grimmett_C_V on April 27, 2010, 22:40 GMT

    Actually, Australia was beaten by New Zealand on February 28, so this is their second T20 loss this season, or does that game somehow not count?

  • on April 27, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    Second time Zimbabwe have beaten Australia in T20s! Nice!

  • Geraldine on April 27, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    Another demonstration that the selectors have no idea what they are doing. Michael Clarke is a one trick pony with no record to speak of in T20's. If he can barely manage a run a ball against Zimbabwe in a high scoring encounter, one wonders what he will manage against the better sides.

    Let's hope at the next selection meeting he looks around and realizes that there are at least a dozen better players and benches himself.

    I'll let someone else talk about Australia's pathetic bowling decisions...

  • Buneer on April 27, 2010, 22:53 GMT

    Austraila wont be shocked, they are a quality side and will bounce back in the T20 World Cup. They have keep their resouces to fire in the Major event.

  • stickywicketnick on April 27, 2010, 22:55 GMT

    How is this Australia's first T20 defeat of the season? They lost against New Zealand in Christchurch, quite a memorable game considering it was only the second time a century had been scored in a T20 international.

  • on April 27, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    If only they had wagered their ICC nomination on the outcome of the match...

  • Buneer on April 27, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    Austraila wont be upset to a one win defeat, afterall these are warm up matches, Austrailans have restored their good ones for the World Cup.

  • Winsome on April 27, 2010, 23:22 GMT

    Clarke wasn't that much of a help, at one point he was 39 off 38, he should have been able to see them home at the least. He also stuffed up in the last over against NZ on the recent tour by jogging a run when he should have sprinted and then they lost in the super over.

    He is a poor 20/20 player. He'll cost them again.

  • on April 27, 2010, 23:36 GMT

    Is this the start of a new season. NZ beat the Aussies in NZ just recently in 20/20. Yay for Zimba....... what a great win for them. World cricket needs a strong Zimbabwe!