World Twenty20 2010 warm-ups April 27, 2010

Zimbabwe shock Australia with warm-up win

Cricinfo staff

Zimbabwe 173 for 7 (Chigumbura 76, Johnson 4-23) beat Australia 172 for 7 (Clarke 49) by 1 run

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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  • Jason 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".

  • Chris 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

  • Dummy4 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!!

  • Colin 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!

  • Dummy4 on April 29, 2010, 5:15 GMT

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

  • Paul 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.

  • Siddharth 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...........

  • Krushnakant 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 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.

  • Taz 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 ?

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